CLEVELAND -- Billy Cundiff's last kicking job with the Browns was temporary. He's got a more permanent gig now.
Cundiff reached agreement with Cleveland on Tuesday, filling an unexpected hole the Browns created with less than a week left before their season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
It's Cundiff's second stint with the Browns. He was with the club in 2009, when he made all six of his field-goal attempts while filling in for Phil Dawson, who was sidelined with a calf injury.
Cundiff replaces the dependable Dawson, the best field-goal kicker in Browns history and second-leading career scorer who didn't re-sign after last season and is now with San Francisco.
The 33-year-old Cundiff auditioned Tuesday for the Browns along with Giorgio Tavecchio, who was released by Green Bay last week. The Browns have been looking for a kicker since terminating veteran Shayne Graham's contract and releasing rookie Brandon Bogotay last weekend as they cut their roster to 53.
To open a roster spot for Cundiff, the Browns placed offensive guard Jason Pinkston on the short-term injured reserve list. Pinkston sustained a high ankle sprain on Aug. 15 against Detroit and is still in a walking boot. He's eligible to return to practice following Cleveland's Oct. 20 game against Green Bay and is eligible to play in the Nov. 3 game against Baltimore.
Raburn activated: The Cleveland Indians have activated outfielder Ryan Raburn from the 15-day disabled list.
Raburn, who hasn't played since Aug. 18, was sidelined with a strained left Achilles tendon. The Indians, who are struggling to stay in the American League wild card race, have missed Raburn's production. He's third on the team with 15 homers in 70 games and is hitting .270 with 41 RBIs.
Masterson out: Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson will miss at least one start because of a strained left oblique, another blow to a team that's struggling to stay in playoff contention.
Indians manager Terry Francona says Masterson will definitely miss some time, but hopes Cleveland's No. 1 starter isn't out for the season. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the injury to the right-hander, who made his first All-Star team this season.
Perez convicted: Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez pleaded no contest and was convicted Tuesday of misdemeanor drug abuse for marijuana shipped to his home in the family dog's name.
Perez withdrew his not guilty plea in Rocky River Municipal Court outside Cleveland and was found guilty and fined $250. He also was placed on probation for one year and was ordered to speak to youngsters about drugs.
Tigers make moves: The Detroit Tigers have recalled pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Jose Alvarez and catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo.
Close to perfect: From an ace on the first point to a stinging return on the last, Serena Williams was close to perfect in the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Tuesday. The score said it all: 6-0, 6-0.
The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams shut out 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, winning 53 of 71 points and dominating pretty much every statistical category Tuesday night.
In men's action, defending champion Andy Murray overcame some rough spots to defeat 65th-ranked Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in a windy night match.
Hockey City Classic: The State of Hockey has waited long enough to host a game outdoors.
Minnesota announced on Tuesday that it will play Ohio State in a game at the football team's TCF Bank Stadium on Jan. 17 in the Hockey City Classic. The Golden Gophers appeared in the annual outdoor game last year at Soldier Field in Chicago against Wisconsin.
Pleads not guilty: Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger pleaded not guilty Tuesday to domestic violence-related charges after allegedly repeatedly pinning his girlfriend to a bed and the floor. Bail for Sullinger, 21, was set at $5,000 after his plea on charges including assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.