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Saturday, March 27, 2004
Updated: March 28, 11:20 AM ET
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Chicago White Sox: The White Sox added some depth to their bench and outfield Saturday as they acquired Timo Perez from the New York Mets for pitcher Matt Ginter.

Perez, who turns 29 on April 8, is a solid defensive outfielder with above average speed. He batted .269 with four home runs and 42 RBI in 127 games last season. He was battling for playing time with the Mets after they signed center fielder Mike Cameron and Shane Spencer and Karim Garcia to platoon in right field.

"I was a little surprised but it's good for me," Perez said. "It's baseball. Today you're here and tomorrow you're not. I liked New York, I liked the fans and I liked the people."

Perez, a Dominican Republic native who was signed by the Mets in March 2000, has a .276 batting average with 18 homers and 114 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 372 career games.

The 26-year-old Ginter went 3-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 49 relief appearances for Triple-A Charlotte last season. He made just three appearances with Chicago, allowing five runs and two hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Cincinnati Reds: Left-hander Brandon Claussen was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.

Claussen, a candidate for a spot in the Reds' rotation, struggled this spring, giving up 20 hits and 11 runs in 14 innings.

The Reds acquired Claussen from the Yankees last season as part of the deal for third baseman Aaron Boone. Claussen was considered the Yankees' top pitching prospect.

Houston Astros: Astros shortstop Adam Everett was hit in the face by a pitch from Toronto's Miguel Batista on Saturday.

Everett was motionless on the ground for more than a minute, but he got up and walked off the field under his own power with help from a trainer. He left the game with a bruise on his upper left lip and nose, and is day to day.

Everett batted .256 with eight homers and 51 RBI last year, his first full season in the majors.

Detroit Tigers: The Tigers optioned right-hander Franklyn German to Triple-A Toledo on Saturday and reassigned catcher Guillermo Rodriguez and infielder Warren Morris to minor league camp.

German, 24, made 45 relief appearances for Detroit last year and tied for the team lead with five saves. He went 2-4 with a 6.04 ERA and 45 walks in 44 2/3 innings.

The Tigers have a new closer in Ugueth Urbina, who agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year deal with the team Friday.

Morris hit .272 with six homers and 37 RBI last season.

Florida Marlins: Josh Beckett has one more try to get it right.

Beckett was yanked in the fifth inning after another ineffective performance, and Erik Bedard struck out nine in six innings to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Florida Marlins 5-4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Beckett, the World Series MVP, allowed four runs, eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

"I thought they hit some good pitches and some not-so-good pitches," Beckett said. "I had some real good stuff today, and I felt strong. I just fell out of rhythm."

The right-hander is 1-3 with a 5.68 ERA in six starts this spring. He will receive one more start before pitching on opening day, April 6 in Montreal.

"I'll figure it all out," Beckett said. "It's a new season on April 6. That's all that counts."

Chicago Cubs: Greg Maddux struggled again for the Cubs, allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings in a 7-1 loss to the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz.

The four-time NL Cy Young winner, acquired by the Cubs on the first day of spring training, was coming off a strong performance against Oakland on Monday after going up six runs and eight hits in four innings against Texas last week.

Maddux is 0-2 this spring.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.