"It's now a slam dunk that is not a slam dunk. You see 500 homers and 3,000 hits, but this throws a monkey wrench into it."
Yankees Manager Joe Torre, on Rafael Palmeiro's chances to make the Hall of Fame in light of his suspension for steroid use
Indians: Recalled IF Ramon Vazquez from Class AAA Buffalo. DH Travis Hafner, who hasn't played for Cleveland since July 16 when he was hit in the face by a pitch, went 0 for 4 and was hit by a pitch last night at Class AA Akron. He could be activated today.
Red Sox: Optioned RHP Jon Papelbon to Class AAA Pawtucket to make room on the roster for OF Jose Cruz Jr. Acquired on Saturday in a trade with the Diamondbacks, Cruz started in right field last night against the Royals and went 0 for 2 with a walk.
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.
Tigers: Agreed to an $18.4 million, four-year contract extension with 2B Placido Polanco through the 2009 season. Polanco, 29, acquired from the Phillies on June 8, is batting .362 with 22 runs scored, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 17 RBI in 32 games with Detroit.
BY THE NUMBERS
Indians 2B Ronnie Belliard's career batting average (20 for 55), along with 52 RBI, with the bases loaded.
-- Compiled by Bill Wolle