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BASEBALL American League

KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Optioned 1B Kila Ka-aihue and RHP Devon Lowery to Omaha (PCL).

LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Optioned OF Terry Evans, RHP Anthony Ortega and DH Freddy Sandoval to Salt Lake (PCL).

MINNESOTA TWINS—Optioned OF Jason Pridie to Rochester (IL). Reassigned LHP Sean Henn, RHP Bobby Keppel, 1B Brock Peterson and RF David Winfree to their minor league camp.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Acquired C Curtis Thigpen from Toronto for a player to be named or cash considerations. Signed C Eric Munson to a minor league contract.

TAMPA BAY RAYS—Returned RHP Derek Rodriguez to the White Sox.

TEXAS RANGERS—Optioned C Max Ramirez to Oklahoma City (PCL).

National League

FLORIDA MARLINS—Optioned LHP Taylor Tankersley and RHP Ryan Tucker to New Orleans (PCL).

HOUSTON ASTROS—Optioned C J.R. Towles to Round Rock (PCL).

NEW YORK METS—Optioned RHP Carlos Muniz and OF Cory Sullivan to Buffalo (IL). Reassigned RHP Nelson Figueroa, C Rene Rivera and INF Andy Green to their minor league camp. Released LHP Ron Villone and LHP Valerio de los Santos. Agreed to terms with INF Jose Valentin on a minor league contract.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Acquired LHP Jack Taschner from San Francisco for C Ronny Paulino. Optioned RHP Joe Bisenius to Lehigh Valley (IL).

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Sent LHP Royce Ring outright to Memphis (PCL).

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Optioned SS Brian Bocock, RHP Waldis Joaquin, 3B Ryan Rohlinger and RHP Billy Sadler to Fresno (PCL).

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association

NEW YORK KNICKS—Signed G Joe Crawford to a 10-day contract.

FOOTBALL National Football League

GREEN BAY PACKERS—Agreed to terms with OL Duke Preston.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Matched Cincinnati’s offer of a one-year contract to FB Naufahu Tahi.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Released OT Jonas Jennings.

HOCKEY National Hockey League

ATLANTA THRASHERS—Recalled G Dan Turple from Chicago (AHL).

COLORADO AVALANCHE—Signed F Ryan Stoa and F Cedric McNicoll. Called up D Wes O’Neill from Lake Erie (AHL).

DALLAS STARS—Signed G Richard Bachman to a three-year contract.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS—Re-signed F Mark Letestu to a two-year contract.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Recalled F Keith Aucoin and F Oskar Osala from Hershey (AHL).

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