Rays activate slugger Pena, Rangers put Cruz on DL

First baseman Carlos Pena, who has 23 homers and 68 RBIs, was activated by AL East contenders Tampa Bay and installed in the starting lineup. Outfielder Gabe Kapler was put on the disabled list to make room.

AL West-leading Texas placed outfielder Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cruz was batting .320 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs.

Infielder Joaquin Arias was activated from the disabled list to take Cruz's place on the roster.

(Writing by Larry Fine in New York, Editing by Frank Pingue)