Baseball Notable

A 40-year-old man arrested at New York's Shea Stadium on Friday night is accused of trying to distract an Atlanta Braves pitcher and shortstop with a high-powered flashlight.

Frank Martinez was charged with interference with a professional sporting event and second-degree reckless endangerment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said yesterday. The Mets lost the game.

New York Yankees centerfielder Johnny Damon was out of the lineup for yesterday's game against the Boston Red Sox with a sore lower back and hamstring. Melky Cabrera played center and batted first in place of Damon.

Alfonso Soriano, sidelined for five games by a strained left hamstring, is expected to rejoin the Chicago Cubs tomorrow. He will switch from center field to left field, where he played last season with Washington.

The Colorado Rockies placed reliever Ramon Ramirez (sprained right elbow) on the 15-day disabled list and designated pitcher Matt Herges for assignment.

The Texas Rangers designated lefthander Bruce Chen for assignment and bought the contract of righthander Willie Eyre from triple-A Oklahoma.

- Associated Press