MOVES: Ozzie Guillen, batting only .063 in his first season as a utility player, was released Friday by the Baltimore Orioles. Catcher Charlie Greene was recalled from Triple-A Rochester and will be a backup to Chris Hoiles and Lenny Webster.
Also, Anaheim Angels outfielder Tim Salmon, who strained a ligament in his left foot running to first base on April 22, was put on the disabled list Friday. The move was made retroactive to April 23, making him eligible to play May 8.HONORS: Catcher Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers and pitcher Chuck Finley of the Anaheim Angels have won American League player and pitcher of the month awards for April.
Rodriguez led the American League in batting average (.446), slugging percentage (.707) and on-base percentage (.495) for the month. His 41 hits and 12 doubles were second in the league and he had four home runs, 20 runs batted in and 21 runs scored.
Finley went 4-0 and posted a league-leading 1.54. He had 44 strikeouts in 46 2-3 innings and held opponents to a .208 batting average.
WILD THING ON P.A.: Former Philadelphia pitcher Mitch Williams was the public address announcer Friday night during the Phillies-Houston Astros game.
The left-hander, who allowed Joe Carter's home run which won the 1993 World Series for Toronto, was sitting in for regular announcer Dan Baker, who missed the game for personal reasons.
"They called and asked me if I'd do it," said Williams, who helps run his father-in-law's bowling alley in nearby Pennsauken, New Jersey. "I wasn't busy tonight so I said fine, no big deal."
Williams had 192 saves in an 11-year career and made the NL All-Star team in 1989.