Baseball Notable

Bobby Cox

signed on for another season in Atlanta. The longtime Braves manager agreed to a one-year contract extension that runs through 2008, the team said yesterday.

It could be Cox's final contract. He said before the season that he planned to manage two more years, although he indicated that plan could change.

Cox, who will turn 66 in May, has managed the Braves since midway through the 1990 season after a four-year stint with the club beginning in 1978. In 1991, he guided Atlanta from worst to first to launch an unprecedented streak of 14 consecutive division titles. His career record is 2,181-1,690, including four seasons with Toronto.

Meanwhile, Braves infielder Willy Aybar was suspended indefinitely after he failed to report for last night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Aybar, on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right hand, was suspended for three games after he did not show up for treatment. The suspension was due to end yesterday, but Aybar was missing.

The Milwaukee Brewers placed disgruntled reliever Jose Capellan on the minor-league restricted list after he failed to report to triple-A Nashville for the last two games. The team said Capellan will not be paid for the games he missed.

The Baltimore Orioles activated outfielder Corey Patterson from bereavement leave and optioned outfielder Adam Stern to triple-A Norfolk.

Outfielder Norris Hopper was activated from the 15-day DL list after Cincinnati decided to go with two catchers instead of three. Catcher Chad Moeller was designated for assignment.

The Cleveland Indians activated infielder Joe Inglett from the 15-day DL and optioned him to triple-A Buffalo. Inglett had been on the DL since April 1 with a strained left quadriceps.

Detroit's Carlos Guillen received a letter from Major League Baseball threatening to fine him $1,000 for having his pockets pulled out on the back side of his pants.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and second baseman Howie Kendrick flew back to Los Angeles from Boston to be examined by a hand specialist.

All-star second baseman Jose Lopez and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a four-year contract with a club option for 2011. No terms were disclosed. Lopez's previous contract called for him to earn $420,000 this season.

- Associated Press