The New York Yankees re-acquired former farmhand Steve Pearce from the Houston Astros for cash considerations.
Pearce played for the Yankees' Triple-A Scranton affiliate from March 29-June 2, where he hit .318 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI. The Yankees traded him to the Orioles on June 2.
Pearce hit .254 with eight RBIs and five extra-base hits for the Astros.
The Yankees will make a corresponding move on the 25-man roster to accommodate Pearce when he joins the team Tuesday. Brandon Laird was designated for assignment to create a spot for Pearce on the 40-man roster.
--The Mets are stockpiling enough young pitchers to carry them for years to come.
With more than a month to go in the 2012 season, the Mets' 2013 rotation already seems set. R.A. Dickey should anchor the staff, with Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Johan Santana and Dillon Gee falling in line behind him.
Of those five pitchers, it is Harvey whose potential most excites the Mets for the long-term future. A top prospect ever since the Mets drafted him seventh overall in 2010, Harvey did nothing but succeed at each of his minor league stops, blowing through the farm system in less than two years.
All he has done since being called up is post a 2.75 ERA in six starts with 43 strikeouts and 15 walks in 36 innings
--The Red Sox activated Daisuke Matsuzaka from the disabled list and started him Monday against the Royals.
The Red Sox also placed designated hitter David Ortiz on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to August 25) due to a right Achilles strain, recalled outfielder Ryan Kalish from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned right-handed pitcher Pedro Beato to Pawtucket.
Matsuzaka and Kalish were activated in time for Monday's four-game series finale at Fenway Park, with Matsuzaka slated as the starting pitcher for the first time since he was pulled after one inning July 2 at Oakland.
Ortiz, 36, was 2 for 4 with a double in the series opener on Friday. That was his first game action since injuring his heel on July 16 against the White Sox. Ortiz was scheduled to discuss his recovery options with team physicians and officials later Monday. He was batting .318 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs in 90 games.
---Centerfielder Franklin Gutierrez was activated by the Mariners from the 15-day disabled list, where he had been since suffering a concussion on June 28 when he was hit in the head on a pick-off attempt at first base.
Outfielder Casper Wells was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma.
Gutierrez, 29, is batting .267 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 13 games this season, having missed the first two months with a torn pectoral muscle.
Wells, 27, is batting .226 with eight home runs in 74 games.
---The San Diego Padres claimed right-handed pitcher Thad Weber off outright waivers from the Detroit Tigers and optioned him to Triple-A Tucson. They also designated right-handed pitcher Neil Wagner for assignment and placed right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left wrist.
They recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson, and infielder Jason Bartlett has cleared unconditional release waivers and is now a free agent.