BASEBALL

Major League Baseball

MLB—Suspended Cincinnati Reds minor league RHP Renny Amador and Arizona Diamondbacks minor league SS Bernardino Jimenez 50-games each after testing positive for performance-enhancing steroids under baseball's minor league drug program.

American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Activated SS Alex Cintron from the 15-day DL. Optioned LHP Brian Burres to Norfolk (IL).

BOSTON RED SOX—Recalled RHP Chris Smith from Pawtucket (IL).

CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Assigned 3B Joe Crede to Charlotte (IL).

KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Promoted Scott Sharp to director of minor league operations.

MINNESOTA TWINS—Recalled LHP Francisco Liriano from Rochester (IL). Purchased the contract of 1B-DH Randy Ruiz from Rochester.

TEXAS RANGERS—Placed RHP Eric Hurley on the 15-day DL. Called up RHP Tommy Hunter from Oklahoma (PCL). Recalled INF Travis Metcalf from Oklahoma. Optioned INF Ryan Roberts to Oklahoma. Transferred LHP Kason Gabbard from the 15- to the 60-day DL.

United League

HARLINGEN WHITEWINGSReleased RHP Anthony Slagle.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

NFL—Suspended Baltimore CB Fabian Washington for one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

CAROLINA PANTHERS—Signed DT Michael Marquardt. Released C Pat Ross.

NEW YORK JETS—Placed S Artrell Hawkins on the reserve-retired list. Signed RB Rodney Kinlaw.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

BOSTON BRUINS—Promoted Scott Bradley to director of player personnel. Named Wayne Smith, director of amateur scouting and John Weisbrod, director of collegiate scouting.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS—Named Bill Peters coach of Rockford (AHL).

ECHL

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS—Agreed to terms with F Peter-James Corsi.

SOCCER

Major League Soccer

CHIVAS USA—Acquires G Zach Thornton from New York Red Bulls in exchange for future considerations.

FC DALLAS—Signed M Jamie Watson.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES—Signed F Mikel Arce.