COMINGS AND GOINGS: The Red Sox signed free agent C Lenny Webster, who hasn't played in two months. The Orioles put Webster on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle in May. In 16 games this season, Webster, 34, is batting .167 with three RBI. . . .

LHP Carlos Perez, who has struggled through a horrendous season with the Dodgers after signing a $15.5 million, three-year contract last winter, was optioned to Class AAA Albuquerque. Perez, 28, is 2-10 with a 7.43 ERA in 17 games for the Dodgers. . . .

First baseman David Segui was dealt from the Mariners to the Blue Jays for Ps Tom Davey and Steve Sinclair. Segui, 33, is hitting .293 this season with 22 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs and 39 RBI.

WILLIAMS'S RINGS: A federal judge in Boston ordered that two championship rings that once belonged to Ted Williams be returned to the son of the baseball great. One ring honored the 1986 Red Sox American League Championship. The other was a 1946 Red Sox commemorative American League championship ring.

Denying a motion seeking possession of the rings by a man acquitted of extortion in connection with their sale, U.S. District Judge William Young ordered that the rings be given to John-Henry Williams.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HI-JINKS: Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio's gloves have vanished into thin air -- the thin air in Denver. The Astros infielders' gloves were missing when they arrived Monday for a four-game series against the Rockies. Bagwell thinks the gloves were stolen somewhere between Denver International Airport and Coors Field.

EL PRESIDENTE'S TURN: Nicaragua turned to Dennis Martinez when it needed a manager with professional experience for the nine-team Pan American Games baseball tournament. At age 45, El Presidente is in the third-base coaching box instead of on the mound.