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Former Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Pedro Borbon died Monday from complications of cancer, the team announced.

He was 65.

Borbon is the Reds leader in career pitching appearances with 531, and from 1970 through 1978, he appeared in more games than any other National League pitcher. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.

Borbon, a native of the Dominican Republic, played for four major-league teams, but he was best known for his play with the Reds.

He was a member of the Reds' 1975 and 1976 World Series championship teams, and in 20 postseason appearances with the Reds from 1972-76, Borbon had a 1-1 record, 2.42 ERA and three saves.

In his 12 major-league seasons, Borbon compiled a 69-39 record, with 80 saves and a 3.52 earned-run average.

When the Reds traded Borbon to San Francisco in 1979, he reportedly put a voodoo curse on the club and said the Reds would never win another World Series. Borbon later said he had removed the curse.

---Tests on Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' hands and wrists came back negative Monday.

Jones had an MRI in Florida during an off day for the Orioles that showed contusions but no other damage. As a result, the Orioles said via Twitter that he will be able to continue playing when Baltimore starts a series Tuesday night in Boston.

His left wrist was hit by a pitch last Wednesday in Toronto, but Jones was unsure what caused the pain in his right wrist.

---Left-hander Jeff Francis, released by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, could wind up with the Colorado Rockies.

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd apparently is interested in the free agent, MLB.com reported.

Francis, 31, asked out of his minor-league with the Reds after posting a 3-6 record with a 3.72 ERA for Triple-A Louisville. His latest start was a shutout against Durham on Sunday.

The Mets also might be interested in Francis, MLB.com reported.

---Cleveland Indians catches Carlos Santana is expected to be activated before Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Santana has been on the disabled list since he suffered a concussion May 25 when a foul tip hit his mask in Chicago.

Santana is battling .245 with five home runs and 24 RBI.

---The Los Angeles Dodgers activated veteran Juan Rivera from the disabled list Monday and optioned outfielder-first baseman Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A.

Rivera was sidelined May 9 with a ruptured left hamstring tendon. The backup outfielder is hitting .247.

Van Slyke was hitting .194 in 33 at-bats with the Dodgers.

---The Dodgers placed right-handed reliever Javy Guerra on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 3) with right knee inflammation. The team also selected the contract of right-handed reliever Shawn Tolleson from Triple-A Albuquerque and transferred right-hander Matt Guerrier to the 60-day disabled list.

Guerra, 26, was 2-3 with eight saves and a 3.38 ERA in 27 relief appearances this season.

---The Minnesota Twins placed pitcher Carl Pavano on the 15-day disabled list on Monday because of strained anterior capsular in his right shoulder. Pavano is 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA this season.

The team also reinstated pitcher Nick Blackburn from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester. Backburn is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Kansas City.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer was not in the starting lineup Monday because of a sprained thumb, and he is listed as day-to-day.

--- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval took right-handed swings during batting practice Sunday and was scheduled to play third base for the Class A San Jose Giants on Monday. He is recovering from surgery to remove a fractured bone in his left wrist. The switch-hitting Sandoval cannot swing left-handed yet.

"If all goes well, he'll go to [Triple-A] Fresno," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

---The San Diego Padres signed right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to a Major League contract after he went 4-3 with the Triple-A Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization this season. The Padres also designated right-handed pitcher Matt Palmer for assignment. Palmer had a 9.00 ERA in three appearances with the Padres.
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