A-Rod returns to Yankees' lineup

SUN WIRE SERVICES

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

CLEVELAND -- After missing three games with a strained right quadriceps, Alex Rodriguez was back at third base and batting cleanup last night as the New York Yankees opened a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

As manager Joe Girardi and members of the club's medical and training staffs looked on, Rodriguez tested his leg in the outfield about three hours before the first pitch. Rodriguez did some jogging and then some half-speed sprints before playing catch for a few minutes.

He told Girardi he was fine, and a few minutes later, Rodriguez's name was back in a familiar place on the clubhouse lineup card.

LOEWEN PUT ON DL

CHICAGO -- The Baltimore Orioles put left-hander starter Adam Loewen on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a sore elbow.

The Orioles purchased the contract of infielder Eider Torres from triple-A Norfolk.

NO MORE NOMO FOR K.C.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals requested release waivers yesterday on right-hander Hideo Nomo, who was designated for assignment on Sunday.

Nomo will remain on waivers until noon Tuesday, and if he is not claimed by another club, he would become a free agent.

LIRIANO SENT TO TRIPLE-A

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Struggling left-hander Francisco Liriano was sent back to the minors by the Minnesota Twins yesterday, after posting an 11.32 ERA and losing all three starts since returning to the rotation.

Liriano was sent to triple-A Rochester before last night's game at Texas after giving up six runs in less than an inning Thursday against Oakland.

JOHJIMA GETS NEW DEAL

SEATTLE -- Kenji Johjima and the Mariners agreed yesterday to a $24 million US, three-year contract extension through 2011.

The recently struggling catcher, who turns 32 in June, would have been eligible for free agency at the end of this season.

BRUNEY'S SEASON LIKELY DONE

CLEVELAND -- New York Yankees reliever Brian Bruney has been advised to have season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right foot, an injury he sustained earlier this week while covering first base.


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