Mark Bellhorn switched sides Tuesday, signing with the New York Yankees after winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox last season.
The infielder was put on unconditional release waivers by Boston on Friday after he refused to accept a minor league assignment.
To make room for Bellhorn, the Yankees optioned infielder Felix Escalona to triple-A Columbus and moved Carl Pavano from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
Red Sox left-hander David Wells was summoned to New York to discuss his criticism of Commissioner Bud Selig.
Wells’ agent, Gregg Clifton, was due to take an overnight flight to join Wells for a meeting today at the commissioner’s office that was not expected to include Selig.
The meeting was first reported by the Boston Globe and was confirmed to Associated Press by a person who helped arrange the session.
Wells lashed out at Selig after losing his appeal of a six-game suspension Monday.
Chicago White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle called the Texas Rangers cheaters, claiming the team signals pitches to batters through a light system in center field.
“I’ve heard rumors, so it’s not just me saying this,” Buehrle said. “I’ve heard it from tons of people.... Something’s going on, because they hit so good at home.”
Texas is batting .285 with 125 homers at home, compared with .256 and 86 homers on the road.
Mike Piazza will be sidelined until at least mid-September because of a broken bone in his left hand, suffered Aug. 16 against Pittsburgh.