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Baseball Briefs

July 29, 2001

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Twins get reliever Jones from Tigers for Redman

Detroit The Minnesota Twins, looking for a boost in the bullpen to help their surprising playoff run, acquired reliever Todd Jones from the Detroit Tigers on Saturday for pitcher Mark Redman.

Jones was hoping to be dealt to a contender before Tuesday's trade deadline, but when it happened, it was still a shock.

"It was an honor to be a Tiger, and to have thrown the last pitch at Tiger Stadium," he said.

"This team and this city have touched my heart, but the time has come to move on, and I'm excited, at the age of 33, to get a shot at the postseason with Minnesota."

Jones, who tied for the AL lead with 42 saves last season, lost his closer's job to Matt Anderson early this year. Jones is 4-5 with 11 saves and a 4.62 ERA.

Redman went 12-9 for the Twins as a rookie in 2000, but has started only nine games this season (2-4, 4.22 ERA) due to a strained triceps muscle. The Tigers hope to have the left-hander in their rotation within 2-to-3 weeks.

The Tigers called up reliever Kevin Tolar from Triple-A Toledo to fill Jones' roster spot.

Colon drops appeal, begins suspension

Detroit Cleveland pitcher Bartolo Colon dropped the appeal of his six-game suspension and began serving it Saturday. Colon was given the suspension, which was originally seven games, for throwing over the head of Houston's Scott Servais on July 17.

"We need to continue playing solid, fundamental baseball and the organization does not need any off-the-field distractions," Colon said in a statement. "Most importantly, we all need to remain focused to accomplish our goal of winning the World Series."

Chisox agree to terms with Howry, Ordonez

Chicago Outfielder Magglio Ordonez and reliever Bob Howry agreed to multiyear contract extensions with the Chicago White Sox Saturday.

Ordonez agreed to a three-year deal and Howry agreed to a two-year contract with a club option for a third year.

Ordonez is in his fifth season with the Sox. He is hitting .292 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs in 99 games.

Howry, in his fourth season, is 3-3 with four saves and a 4.96 ERA in 41 games.

Red Sox activate Everett; Garciaparra may be next

Boston The Red Sox activated Carl Everett before Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox and made room on the roster by sending right-hander Tomo Ohka to Triple-A Pawtucket.

After the game, the team optioned infielder Lou Merloni to Pawtucket. Although there was no official word from the team, the move opens a roster spot for All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who could be activated today.

Garciaparra, who has missed the entire season after having right wrist surgery on opening day, finished a four-day rehabilitation assignment with Pawtucket on Friday and was in the Red Sox clubhouse Saturday.

Everett, on the disabled list since June 22 with a right knee strain, started in center field and batted sixth after missing 33 games. He was hitting .284 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs before the injury.

Bucs call reliever Wilkins

Pittsburgh The Pirates purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Marc Wilkins from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. Bronson Arroyo was optioned back to Nashville after starting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

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