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CLEVELAND -- Ubaldo Jimenez has passed his physical, completing a trade that sends him from the Rockies to the Indians.

The surprising Indians announced during Sunday's game against Kansas City that the deal was done. They hope Jimenez will anchor their rotation as they try to overtake first-place Detroit in the AL Central.

Colorado gets minor league pitchers Alex White and Joe Gardner, first baseman Matt McBride and a player to be named, who is expected to be Drew Pomeranz. White and Pomeranz are considered the top two pitching prospects in Cleveland's organization.

Jimenez's physical took place at the Indians' spring training complex in Arizona. Full Story

Rays GM has emergency appendectomy

TBO.com's Roger Mooney reports that Friedman underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday afternoon.

He was able to conduct his usual business from the hospital, so that did not affect any trades.

"We had numerous conversations with many different organizations leading up to the deadline, but none came to fruition. We will continue to be opportunistic in our approach after the deadline as before it," Friedman said in a statement released by the team.

Severino debuts for Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have optioned right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled left-hander Atahualpa Severino from Syracuse.

Maya was with the Nationals for less than 24 hours. He was recalled on Saturday as a fill-in starter after Jason Marquis was traded and pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 3-0 victory.

The 26-year-old Severino went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 23 relief appearances with Syracuse this year. His first appearance with the Nationals marks his major league debut.

Giants option Crawford to Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- The Giants optioned rookie shortstop Brandon Crawford to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday to make room on the roster for new shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

The 24-year-old Crawford hit .190 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 50 games with the Giants this season after being called up from Single-A San Jose on May 26.

The Giants acquired the 36-year-old Cabrera from Cleveland for Triple-A outfielder Thomas Neal after their 7-2 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.

Indians call up Donald

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have recalled infielder Jason Donald from Triple-A Columbus.

Donald will take the roster spot of Orlando Cabrera, who was traded to San Francisco on Saturday. Donald was batting .310 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 47 games at Columbus. He began the season on the disabled list because of a broken hand and later was sidelined with a sprained left knee.

Donald hit .253 with four homers and 24 RBI in 88 games with the Indians last season. He was acquired from Philadelphia in 2009 as part of the trade that sent pitcher Cliff Lee to the Phillies.

ChiSox honor Thomas with statue

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have unveiled a statue in the outfield concourse to honor former slugger Frank Thomas.

Thomas, who is the White Sox career leader in nearly every offensive category, played 16 seasons for Chicago before wrapping up his career with Oakland and Toronto. He was a two-time MVP with the White Sox.

He was a career .301 hitter with 521 home runs, 1,704 RBI and 1,494 runs scored over his 19 seasons. He broke in with the White Sox in 1990 and had an injury-shortened final season with them in 2005 when they won the World Series.

O's demote Berken

NEW YORK -- The Orioles optioned right-hander Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled two left-handed pitchers from Double-A Bowie.

Berken allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees, who scored 12 runs in the first inning and won 17-3.

Pedro Viola was recalled from the Baysox and Mike Ballard's contract was purchased.

Blue Jays retire Alomar's No. 12

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have retired the No. 12 of second baseman Roberto Alomar.

The newly inducted Hall of Famer is a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. He is the first Blue Jays player to have his number retired in the club's 35-year history.

Alomar spent only five seasons in Toronto, but those were the team's glory years. The Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and 1993, with Alomar making dazzling plays at second base.

Alomar addressed the crowd before the game against the Texas Rangers. As his number was unfurled on a blue banner high above the field at Rogers Centre a fan yelled: "I love you Robbie!" Without missing a beat, Alomar said: "I love you, too! I love all you guys!"

Twins activate outfielder Span from DL

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Minnesota Twins activated outfielder Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list following Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Span, the subject of several trade deadline rumors, will join the Twins when they travel to Anaheim to open a series against the Los Angeles Angeles on Tuesday.

Span, on the disabled list since June 9 because of a concussion, has appeared in 56 games with the Twins, batting .294 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 15 RBI.

To make room for Span on the 25-man roster, the Twins have optioned infielder Luke Hughes to Triple-A Rochester.

Astros demote 3B Johnson, 1B Wallace to minors

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have optioned third baseman Chris Johnson and first baseman Brett Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The pair began the season as starters, but have not performed as the team had hoped. Johnson is hitting .245 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 92 games this season and Wallace is batting .268 with four homers and 26 RBI in 101 games.

Houston recalled outfielder Brian Bogusevic from Oklahoma City and infielder Jimmy Paredes from Double-A Corpus Christi to take their spots on the roster.

The moves are the latest in a wild weekend for the Astros, who traded All-Star right fielder Hunter Pence and center fielder Michael Bourn before the trade deadline.

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