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RANGERS: Eric Gagne came off the disabled list Tuesday and immediately returned to his role as Texas' closer.

"He knows how to close a ballgame down," manager Ron Washington said before his team played the New York Yankees. "So, even though he may have been in and out, he has knowledge. You can't teach that."

To make room for Gagne, who went on the disabled list April 23 with a strained right hip, the Rangers optioned right-hander Wes Littleton to Triple-A Oklahoma.

100 GAMES OUT: Jorge Reyes, a pitcher in the New York Mets' minor league system, was suspended for 100 games by the commissioner's office after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He is the 12th player suspended for violating the minor-league drug policy and the first to get a 100-game suspension for a second violation.

Reyes made one start this season for Class-A Savannah of the South Atlantic League.

NATIONALS: Reliever Chad Cordero was placed on the bereavement list, and the team called up pitcher Winston Abreu to take his place. Cordero returned to California to be with his grandmother, who has brain cancer. He said Sunday he wasn't sure whether she'd live through the week.

DODGERS: Utilityman Marlon Anderson will undergo arthroscopic elbow surgery Friday and is expected to be sidelined at least two months.

ANGELS: Reliever Justin Speier was put on the 15-day disabled list because of what the team called a medical condition unrelated to baseball. Speier said Sunday that he had flu-like symptoms.

MARLINS: The sophomore jinx struck again for right-hander Anibal Sanchez when he went on the minor league disabled list with tendinitis.

TWINS: Cleanup hitter Michael Cuddyer returned after missing five games with a back injury, providing some needed pop in the middle of a struggling lineup.

ROYALS: Zack Greinke, who gave up three two-run homers in one inning Sunday in a loss to Detroit, has been dropped from the rotation and will work out of the bullpen. Greinke left the club during spring training in 2005 and was treated for social anxiety.


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