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MITCHELL MAKES A'S ROSTER: Kevin Mitchell, the 1989 National League MVP, made the Oakland Athletics' 25-man roster Monday.

The A's also kept catchers A.J. Hinch, Izzy Molina and infielder Jason Wood from Triple-A Edmonton.Mitchell hit 47 home runs and 125 RBIs with the San Francisco Giants in 1989. Last season, he played 20 games for Cleveland before he was released.

BOSOX SIGN KOREAN PITCHER: The Boston Red Sox acquired right-handed pitcher Jin Ho Cho from Korea on Monday and extended a Triple-A contract to former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Billy Ashley.

REDS SEND BURBA TO INDIANS: The Cincinnati Reds made their most stunning payroll cut of all Monday by sending Dave Burba - their opening day starter - to the Cleveland Indians for a promising minor leaguer.

Burba, 31, was considered the top starter in the rotation, which is left with unproven veterans and second-year pitcher Brett Tomko.

Cleveland gave up first baseman Sean Casey, one of its top hitting prospects, to fill the biggest hole in its lineup.

BREWERS RELEASE MCDONALD: The Milwaukee Brewers released pitcher Ben McDonald on Monday and added former AL Rookie of the Year Bob Hamelin to their 25-man roster.

GOODEN PLACED ON DL: Just as they added a healthy starting pitcher, the Cleveland Indians got bad news about Dwight Gooden.

Gooden, expected to be Cleveland's fourth starter after the acquisition of Dave Burba from Cincinnati, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with tightness in his right shoulder.