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Wednesday's sports transactions


American League

CLEVELAND INDIANS—Agreed to terms with INF Russell Branyan on a one-year contract.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Named Jim Beattie, Ed Lynch and Bob Hamelin professional scouts.

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES—Agreed to terms with RHP Manny Acosta, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Kyle Cofield, RHP Jeff Lyman, RHP James Parr, RHP Todd Redman, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP Jonny Venters, C Clint Sammons and OF Gregor Blanco on one-year contracts.

NEW YORK METS—Agreed to terms with C Rod Barajas on a one-year contract.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Agreed to terms with RHP Livan Hernandez on a minor league contract.

American Association

FORT WORTH CATS—Signed C Kelley Gulledge and OF Brian Fryer.

SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS—Signed 1B Kent Sakamoto.

WICHITA WINGNUTS—Signed INF Clint Toomey. Acquired RHP Greg Johnson from River City (Frontier) for a player to be named.


WASHINGTON WIZARDS—Signed G Mike Harris to a 10-day contract.

NBA Development League

RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS—Acquired G-F Sean Barnette.


National Hockey League

ATLANTA THRASHERS—Recalled G Peter Mannino from Chicago (AHL).

NEW YORK RANGERS—Recalled G Chad Johnson from Hartford (AHL). Assigned G Steve Valiquette to Hartford.

PHOENIX COYOTES—Recalled G Joel Gistedt from Las Vegas (ECHL).

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Recalled G Jaroslav Janus from Norfolk (AHL). Named Jim Johnson assistant coach.

American Hockey League

NORFOLK ADMIRALS—Signed G Matt Lundin.


ST. ANDREW'S—Named Randy Hernandez women's interim soccer coach.