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             === Sports Transactions from The Sports Network ===

                      === Wednesday, March 26, 2014 ===


=== BASEBALL ===

Baltimore Orioles - Optioned pitcher Steve Johnson and outfielder Henry
Urrutia to Norfolk (IL); reassigned outfielder Quintin Berry and infielder
Alexi Casilla to minor league camp.

Chicago Cubs - Released catcher George Kottaras.

Chicago White Sox - Claimed pitcher Javy Guerra off waivers from the Los
Angeles Dodgers.

Cleveland Indians - Optioned pitcher Josh Tomlin to Columbus (IL).

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Released pitcher Joe Blanton.

New York Mets - Selected the contract of pitcher Jose Valverde from Las Vegas
(PCL); optioned pitcher Vic Black to Las Vegas.

Philadelphia Phillies - Released pitcher Michael Stutes.

St. Louis Cardinals - Signed pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league contract.

Texas Rangers - Claimed infielder Donnie Murphy off waivers from the Chicago
Cubs and pitcher Seth Rosin off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers; released
pitcher Tommy Hanson; placed outfielder Engel Beltre on the 60-day disabled
list.

Toronto Blue Jays - Optioned catcher Erik Kratz to minor league camp.

Washington Nationals - Signed infielder/outfielder Kevin Frandsen; voided the
minor league option on pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and placed him on the 60-day
disabled list; optioned infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus to Syracuse (IL)
and catcher Sandy Leon to Harrisburg (Eastern).


=== BASKETBALL ===

Atlanta Dream (WNBA) - Re-signed center Erika de Souza.

Milwaukee Bucks - Signed D.J. Stephens to a 10-day contract.


=== FOOTBALL ===

Chicago Bears - Agreed to terms with defensive end Jared Allen on a four-year
contract.

New Orleans Saints - Agreed to terms with quarterback Luke McCown on a one-
year contract.

St. Louis Rams - Agreed to terms with defensive lineman Alex Carrington,
linebacker Etienne Sabino and cornerback Greg Reid.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Signed wide receiver Louis Murphy to a one-year
contract.


=== HOCKEY ===

Anaheim Ducks - Signed forward Matt Bailey to a two-year, entry-level
contract.

Carolina Hurricanes - Agreed to terms with forward Phil Di Giuseppe on a
three-year, entry-level contract.

Dallas Stars - Re-signed center Justin Dowling to a two-year contract.

Detroit Red Wings - Assigned forward Mitch Callahan to Grand Rapids (AHL).

Florida Panthers - Assigned forward Joey Crabb and defenseman Ryan Whitney to
San Antonio (AHL).

Montreal Canadiens - Signed defenseman Mac Bennett to a two-year, entry-level
contract.

New York Rangers - Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL).

Philadelphia Flyers - Signed forward Kevin Goumas to an entry-level contract.

Phoenix Coyotes - Recalled defenseman Connor Murphy from Portland (AHL).

San Jose Sharks - Signed forward Ryan Carpenter to an entry-level contract.


=== COLLEGE ===

Rice - Named Mike Rhoades men's head basketball coach.