Polanco signs four-year, $18.4M extension

Detroit Tigers: Infielder Placido Polanco and the Tigers
agreed Tuesday to an $18.4 million, four-year contract extension
through the 2009 season.

"This is exactly what the Detroit Tigers need," manager Alan
Trammell said. "He's what I call a good ballplayer who does a
little bit of everything."

Polanco was acquired by Detroit from the Phillies on June 8 in
the deal that sent right-handed reliever Ugueth Urbina and
infielder Ramon Martinez to Philadelphia.

"I see a team that's committed," Polanco said Tuesday of the
Tigers. "They're putting together a pretty good team. They have a
Hall-of-Famer [Ivan Rodriguez] behind the plate, they have Carlos
Guillen and Magglio [Ordonez], they're putting together a very good
team here.

"If I didn't think they have a chance to be good, I wouldn't
have signed here."

The 29-year-old second baseman is batting .358 with 22 runs
scored, eight doubles, a triple, two home runs and 17 RBI in 31
games with the Tigers.

He is making $4.6 million this year and will earn the same
amount annually during the extension negotiated by agents Sam and
Seth Levinson, making the package worth $23 million over five

Los Angeles Dodgers: Left-hander Wilson Alvarez didn't travel with
the Dodgers to Washington for their series against the
Nationals, and the club isn't sure when or if he'll return.

"Wilson has got a lot on his mind, and he's trying to sort
through a lot of difficult things," manager Jim Tracy said
Tuesday. "He's got to mentally take some time and sort some things

Alvarez gave up a go-ahead homer to Jim Edmonds in an 11-inning
loss to St. Louis on Sunday, then told reporters he might go on the
disabled list, return for the final weeks of the season, and then

Tracy and Alvarez had a long talk Sunday, and the manager told
his pitcher to take some time and consider his next move. The
35-year-old Alvarez went home to Florida to discuss the situation
with his family.

Alvarez is 1-4 with a 5.73 ERA in 18 appearances this season. He
missed a total of 67 games during two stints on the disabled list
with left shoulder problems, returning most recently on July 19.

Cincinnati Reds: Reds pitcher Jung Keun Bong
was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after a
fight with his wife, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's

Bong, 24, who's been on a rehab assignment with the Class-A
Sarasota Reds, was arrested Friday night at the Sarasota Cay Club
hotel after deputies showed up in response to a scream coming from
his room, a sheriff's report said.

Bong and his wife said they had been fighting, and deputies
observed a red choke mark on his wife's neck, the report said. Bong
told deputies he grabbed his wife to calm her down, but he couldn't
explain the mark on her neck.

Bong was released from jail Saturday without bail and will
appear in court later. A sheriff's spokesman didn't know Bong's
court date.

The left-hander from Seoul, South Korea, had surgery on his left
shoulder in September and is listed on the Reds' 60-day disabled

Acquired by the Reds in a trade with Atlanta in 2004, Bong has a
career record of 7-4 with a 5.71 ERA.

A call to Bong at the hotel was not immediately returned. Reds
spokesman Rob Butcher said the team was aware of Bong's arrest and
had no comment.

Cleveland Indians: Infielder Ramon Vazquez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians, who had hoped to
have designated hitter Travis Hafner for their series against the
New York Yankees.

Hafner hasn't played since July 16 when he was hit in the face
with a pitch by Chicago's Mark Buehrle and sustained a concussion.

Hafner, who has been on the disabled list, was eligible to be
activated for the series opener with the Yankees. However, during a
rehab appearance at Double-A Akron on Monday, he left the game
after one at-bat because of lingering effects from the concussion.

Hafner was scheduled to play again at Akron on Tuesday night.

Vazquez was acquired by the Indians on July 7 from Boston and
was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. With the Bisons, he batted .214
with four RBI in 21 games.

Before he was acquired by Cleveland, Vazquez batted .197 in 27
games with the Red Sox.

Philadelphia Phillies: Right-handed reliever Aquilino Lopez was
claimed by the Phillies off waivers from the Colorado
Rockies on Tuesday, then was optioned to Triple-A Scranton

The Phillies placed reliever Terry Adams on the restricted list
to make room on the 40-man roster.

Lopez was 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 14 games with the Rockies this
season. The 30-year-old pitched in the majors with Toronto in 2003
and 2004.

Seattle Mariners: The Mariners called up two pitchers from
Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to take the roster spots of reliever
Jeff Nelson and starter Ryan Franklin.

Franklin was suspended for 10 days on Tuesday for violating
baseball's steroids policy. He is the eighth major league player
caught under tougher drug rules enacted this year.

Right-hander reliever Masao Kida will take Franklin's roster
spot. Kida was 3-5 with 17 saves and a 3.61 ERA in 42 appearances
at Tacoma.

Jeff Harris was called up to take Nelson's spot. Nelson was
placed on the bereavement list following the death of his
father-in-law. Nelson remained in Seattle and did not accompany the
team to Detroit.

Harris, a right-hander, was 10-2 with a 2.62 ERA in a total of
26 games with Double-A San Antonio and Tacoma. Harris is 5-2 in
eight starts since being called up to Tacoma on May 23.

Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox optioned right-hander Jon Papelbon to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the
roster for outfielder Jose Cruz Jr.

Acquired on Saturday in a trade with Arizona, Cruz started in
right field Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals. He was
given No. 32, and pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez switched to No. 54.

Cruz is a career .248 hitter and former Gold Glove winner who
has hit at least 20 home runs in four of the last five seasons. He
had a career-best 34 homers and 32 steals for Toronto in 2001.

The 24-year-old Papelbon made his major league debut against
Minnesota on Sunday and did not get a decision, allowing three runs
-- two earned -- on four hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. He
struck out seven.

Papelbon is 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA at Double-A Portland and
Pawtucket this season.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies recalled right-hander
Scott Dohmann from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Dohmann took the roster spot of right-hander Aquilino Lopez,
claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the

This is Dohmann's second stint with the Rockies after making the
opening day roster. He pitched in nine games for Colorado, going
0-1 with an 18.90 ERA before being optioned to the minors. He was
2-1 with a 4.38 ERA in 39 innings for Colorado Springs.

Lopez was 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 14 games with the Rockies this
season. He signed a minor league deal with the club on June 17 and
was 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 14 games for Colorado Springs. He spent
the previous two seasons with Toronto, going 2-4 with a 3.99 ERA
and 14 saves in 90 games.

Texas Rangers: The Rangers and KRLD-AM announced
a five-year extension Tuesday for English-language broadcast rights
to games.

The agreement is through 2010.

KRLD in Dallas is the flagship station for the Rangers and has
affiliates with the Texas State Network.

The station has held the contract for the past decade, a news
release said.