There is now officially less than one calendar month left in the 2014 regular season. Unless we need some tiebreaker games to determine postseason spots, of course. Here is a recap of Friday's news from around the league.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Indians: Signed 1B Russell Branyan to a minor league contract, the club announced.
Orioles: The team and OF Nelson Cruz have mutual interest in working out an extension (Jon Heyman) ... have talked to multiple clubs about acquiring an infielder in the wake of 3B Manny Machado's season-ending knee surgery. (MASN Sports)
Tigers: Designated RHP Jose Ortega for assignment, the club announced. RHP Evan Reed was called up in a corresponding move.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka has "general soreness" in his right arm and is returning to New York to start strengthening exercises ... X-rays came back negative after OF Jacoby Ellsbury jammed his ankle sliding into home plate.
Athletics: Dropped their protest of a controversial obstruction call in Thursday's game.
Mariners: 1B Jesus Montero will not play again this season following an incident with scout Butch Baccala. Baccala reportedly sent Montero an ice cream sandwich in the dugout in an attempt to embarrass him, and Montero went after Baccala with a bat in the stands.
Rangers: Tied a dubious record by adding the 59th different player to their active roster this year.