Lexington native Austin Kearns has been released by the Cleveland Indians.
Kearns cleared waivers and was let go on Thursday by the Indians, who designated the veteran outfielder for assignment last week.
The 31-year-old hit .200 (30-for-150) with two homers and seven RBI in 52 games. He signed as a free agent with Cleveland in December, his second stint with the Indians.
Last season, Kearns played in 84 games with the Indians before they traded him to the New York Yankees before the July 31 deadline for pitcher Zach McAllister.
Kearns has also played for Cincinnati and Washington.
Kearns hasn't been a solid regular since 2007. Over the last four seasons, he's batted .229 with a total of 22 home runs.
Kearns, a former star at Lafayette, was a first-round draft pick of the Reds in 1998. He made his major-league debut on April 17, 2002.
Minor-leaguer suspended for HGH
Mike Jacobs is the first player suspended by Major League Baseball for a positive HGH test under the sport's minor-league drug testing procedures. The 30-year-old minor-league first baseman, who was in the big leagues from 2005-10, received a 50-game suspension Thursday for taking the banned performance-enhancing substance and was subsequently released by the Rockies.
Jacobs said he took human growth hormone to overcome knee and back ailments.
Jacobs is the first North American pro athlete punished for taking HGH. Terry Newton, a British rugby player, tested positive and was banned last year.
"We have a program in place and it did what it was supposed to do," baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said, adding he wants to get the rule to apply to major-leaguers, too. "We don't duck the issue."
Jacobs was leading the Rockies' Triple-A team in Colorado Springs with 23 homers and 97 RBI. The Rockies said they fully support baseball's efforts to rid the sport of PEDs.
■ The Royals signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a two-year contract extension through 2013. Francoeur is hitting .277 in his first year with the Royals, with 15 home runs, 66 RBI and a career-high 19 stolen bases. He's also third in the majors with 12 outfield assists.
■ The Red Sox placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list because of a back injury and called up catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket. Youkilis, who is hitting .266 with 17 homers and 78 RBI, has missed several games recently.
■ Phillies All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino's suspension for his part in a benches-clearing brawl at San Francisco on Aug. 5 was reduced and he will miss the next two games.
■ Joe Mauer played right field for the first time in his career Thursday against the Yankees.
■ The Rangers acquired right-handed reliever Tim Wood from the Pirates in a waiver deal. The 28-year-old Wood was leading the Triple-A International League with 23 saves for Indianapolis.