Desperate to score runs and willing to take a chance, the Dodgers got troubled outfielder Milton Bradley from the Indians in a trade Sunday for a minor-leaguer and a player to be named.
Bradley was expected to start in centerfield today when Los Angeles opened at home against San Diego.
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said Shawn Green volunteered to move from rightfield to first base to give the Dodgers a chance to field their best lineup.
The Dodgers, whose 574 runs were the fewest in the majors last season, sent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to Cleveland. He was the Dodgers' minor-league player of the year in 2003. The Indians have until June 30 to decide on the other player.
ANGELS: Darin Erstad and Tim Salmon hit back-to-back homers in the second inning against the Dodgers.
ATHLETICS: Mark McLemore agreed to a contract to boost the ailing infield. Also, Rich Harden was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento because Oakland doesn't need its fifth starter the first 11/2 weeks of the season. The A's also reassigned right-handed pitchers Britt Reames and Steve Woodard and catcher Mike Rose to their minor-league camp.
CARDINALS: Most teams have meetings before their season openers, just not with the Secret Service. The Cards and Brewers had the unusual briefing because President Bush is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch today in St. Louis. Because Bush is coming to the game, the Brewers' roster will be introduced nearly two hours before game time, and everyone will undergo extra screening. The Cardinals planned to present jersey No. 43 to Bush, the 43rd president. ... Bo Hart was sent to Triple-A Memphis, even though he hit .277 last year and was a productive second baseman. Hart became expendable after the acquisition of Tony Womack, who will bat leadoff today, and with the emergence of infielder Hector Luna. Outfielder Emil Brown, right-hander Alan Benes and left-hander Doug Creek also were assigned to Memphis.
GIANTS: Barry Bonds' lawyer believes the federal government is singling out the leftfielder in the bay area steroids scandal. Michael Rains told the New York Times that the federal government appears intent on trying to set a perjury trap for Bonds. "I think they're trying to make an example out of him," Rains said. ... Starter Brian Cooper carried a no-hit bid into the sixth before giving up a homer to A's catcher Damian Miller. Yorvit Torrealba, hitting .378, homered and doubled twice for the Giants. ... Jason Schmidt, battling shoulder soreness, will throw a 60-pitch simulated game in Fresno today. Second baseman Ray Durham has a strained right hip flexor, but will start the opener. Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo has slight right leg tightness but played.
MARLINS: No. 4 starter Carl Pavano was supposed to pitch against Albuquerque but didn't because he felt some tightness in his back.
METS: Second baseman Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. The contracts of Shane Spencer, Eric Valent and Scott Erickson were purchased from Triple-A Norfolk. Reliever Scott Strickland was transferred to the 60-day DL. Right-hander Jason Anderson and catcher Chris Widger were designated for assignment.
PADRES: Not everything is perfect at Petco Park in San Diego. Two rightfielders went tumbling over a short wall in consecutive games at the new $458-million ballpark, and the team knows something needs to be done before someone gets seriously hurt. Brian Buchanan was tracking down a foul ball in the fourth inning Sunday against the Mariners when he went over the wall that parallels the foul line. He was able to break his fall onto a concrete walkway that's 2-3 feet lower than field level, in the process jamming a thumb and tweaking his left shoulder. He finished the game and said he was okay. Saturday night, Seattle's Hiram Bocachica took a tumble over the same wall. He was okay. San Diego manager Bruce Bochy planned to talk with general manager Kevin Towers about the wall before the team left for Los Angeles, where it opens the season today. The Padres' home opener is Thursday night against San Francisco.
PHILLIES: More than just the rain put a damper on the second game at Citizens Bank Park. Brett Myers had another poor performance in a loss to the Indians in the exhibition finale for both teams. Myers came in after three scoreless innings by starter Eric Milton and surrendered three runs in the fourth. He failed to get an out and allowed Travis Hafner's two-run homer.
ROCKIES: The contracts of opening-day starter Shawn Estes and shortstop Royce Clayton were purchased from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Right-handers Vladimir Nunez and Turk Wendell, left-hander Jeff Fassero and utilitymen Denny Hocking, Kit Pellow and Mark Sweeney also were added. Outfielder Matt Holliday was optioned to Colorado Springs. Reliever Tim Harikkala, catchers Willie Morales and Hector Ortiz, and infielder Andy Tracy were reassigned to the minor-league camp.
DRUG TESTING: Owners got the best plan they could negotiate without a work stoppage two years ago, according to commissioner Bud Selig. "I didn't feel at that time that it was a strong enough policy, but it was the best we could do," Selig said during an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos.