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MLB roundup: Indians announce signing of Damon

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The Cleveland Indians officially announced the signing of free agent Johnny Damon to a minor-league contract.

The 38-year-old has a .286 career batting average in 17 big-league seasons. He enters the season 277 hits from 3,000.

Damon spent 2011 with the American League Wildcard Champion Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .261 with 79 runs scored, 16 home runs and 29 doubles.

He also played in at least 140 games for the 16th straight season, matching a feat accomplished by only three other players in Major League history: Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson and Pete Rose.

---Though Jose Reyes now plays for the Miami Marlins, the Mets plan to honor their former shortstop when he returns to New York later this month, a team source told the New York Daily News.

The Mets will acknowledge Reyes' nine years in New York with a video tribute on April 24, before the shortstop's first game as a member of the opposition. The switch-hitter won the National League batting title in last season, then signed a six-year, $106 million contract with the Marlins.

--- The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitchers Tyson Ross and Neil Wagner from Triple-A Sacramento.

To make room on the roster, the A's optioned right-hander Andrew Carignan and outfielder Collin Cowgill to Sacramento.

Ross was scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Anaheim Angels.

He was 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five spring-training starts with Oakland but was designated as one of the A's inactive players during their season-opening trip to Japan. He was optioned to Sacramento, where he went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in two starts.

Wagner, 28, had appeared in relief three times for Sacramento and was 1-0 with a save and a 5.06 ERA. He did not walk a batter in 5 1/3 innings and struck out eight.

---Major League Baseball released the order of selection for the Major League Baseball draft, which will start June 4, and the Houston Astros will have the first pick. It is the third time Houston has had the No. 1 overall selection, having had it in 1976 and 1992. The Twins pick second, with the Mariners, Orioles and Royals completing the top five. The draft will span three days.

---Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen returned to the dugout on Tuesday after missing the previous five games because he suspended by the team for comments he made regarding Fidel Castro.
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