Big Papi went 2-5 with an RBI and 2 Runs in his return to the Boston line-up as the Red Sox routed the Rangers 13-2 Wednesday night. The Boston Red Sox regained the lead in the AL East as the New York Yankees lost to the Oakland Athletics 6-4 in 10 innings. This was Ortiz's first action in two weeks.
The Indianapolis Colts signed former Titans QB Kerry Collins Wednesday afternoon. The signing gives the Colts a capable back-up and possibly a starter if Peyton Manning doesn't play week 1. Collins retired earlier this offseason after Tennessee Titans drafted Jake Locker and signed Matt Hasslebeck. Collins 17 year career makes him a good mentor for Peyton Manning's heir apparent, Curtis Painter.
The Arizona Cardinals signed QB Brodie Croyle Wednesday afternoon after fourth-string QB Max Hall suffered a shoulder injury at practice on Monday. Croyle signing gives Arizona three active quarterbacks for Saturdays match-up against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium as John Skelton is out with a high-ankle sprain. Croyle has spent the last five years in Kansas City which made him an attractive quarterback after spending the past two years under former Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded 2nd baseman Kelly Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays for Aaron Hill 2B and John McDonald SS Tuesday afternoon. The swap strengthens the Arizona defense for their playoff push in September. Johnson has been struggling this season on offense with a .209 batting avg. However, both Hill and McDonald are not solid hitters but rather sound defenders.