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#SportsReport: Baseball's Non-Waiver Trade Deadline

T Charles Erickson


In baseball, in the American League, Boston beat Seattle 2-1, Houston edged Toronto 2-1 in 14 innings, Kansas City blanked Tampa Bay 3-0, and it was Minnesota over Cleveland 12-5.

In the National League, the Cubs shut out Miami 5-0, Washington bested Arizona 14-1, and it was San Diego over Milwaukee 7-3.

In interleague play, the Yankees topped the Mets 6-5 in 10 innings.

The Yankees were sellers at the trade deadline, dealing All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for right-hander Dillon Tate and two pitching prospects. The Rangers late last month lost slugger Prince Fielder to season-ending neck surgery.

The Red Sox have picked up left-handed reliever Fernando Abad from Minnesota, with the Twins getting minor league pitcher Pat Light. The move gives the Sox another veteran in the bullpen. Abad has a 2.65 ERA in 39 appearances for the Twins and can be a free agent after the season.

The Red Sox are calling up top prospect Andrew Benintendi from Double-A Portland. The move is aimed at giving the Sox a boost in the outfield. Benintendi was the 7th overall pick in last year's draft and is hitting .312 with 9 homers and 76 RBIs between Single-A Salem and Portland.

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was back in action for the Red Sox just three weeks after his surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. Kimbrel made his only rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday before returning to the Red Sox for last night's game.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz is working with Boston's public school system, recording wake-up calls to go out to students. The initiative will allow middle and high school students to sign up for the recorded calls. Superintendent Tommy Chang says the goal is to help kids get to class on time and fight absenteeism.

The New York Mets have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce and lefty Jonathan Niese as they try to get back into the playoff races. Bruce was leading the National League with 80 RBIs when he was shipped by the Reds to the Mets for minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera and pitching prospect Max Wotell. Niese comes back to New York in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who get reliever Anthony Bastardo.

The buyers and sellers were easily recognized as baseball's non-waiver trade deadline came and went on Monday. Several division leaders added roster depth, while the also-rans shed payroll and stockpiled young talent.

Elsewhere among Monday's moves:

— The NL Central-leading Cubs added right-hander Joe Smith from the Angels for minor league righty Jesus Castillo. Smith joins a bullpen that includes newcomers Aroldis Chapman and Mike Montgomery.

— The Rangers also landed All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Jeremy Jeffress from Milwaukee for two former first-round picks, Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz. Lucroy is hitting .299 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs this year, and Jeffress has 27 saves and a 2.22 ERA.

— The Baltimore Orioles have reacquired infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce from Tampa Bay, sending the Rays minor league catcher Jonah Heim. Pearce gives the O's an extra bat as they try to win the AL East.

— The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians have picked up outfielder Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay for two minor leaguers. Guyer is batting .241 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 63 games.

— Chasing the Orioles are the Toronto Blue Jays, who got pitcher Francisco Liriano from the Pirates for Drew Hutchinson. Liriano is just 6-11 with a 5.46 ERA this year after going 12-7 with a 3.38 earned run average for the 2015 Pirates.

— The Blue Jays also grabbed right-hander Mike Bolsinger from the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Jesse Chavez and $1.15 million. The 28-year-old Bolsinger was 1-4 with a 6.83 ERA for the Dodgers this season.

— Just two games behind the NL West-leading Giants, the Dodgers have acquired right fielder Josh Reddick and left-hander Rich Hill from Oakland for a trio of pitching prospects. The 36-year-old Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts but is currently on the DL because of a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

— The Astros have traded right-handed reliever Josh Fields to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 19-year-old minor league first baseman Yordan Alvarez. The 30-year-old Fields had a 6.89 ERA in 15 games for Houston this season.

— Houston also swung a deal with Toronto, with the Jays acquiring right-hander Scott Feldman for minor league pitcher Lupe Chavez. The 33-year-old Feldman is 5-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 26 appearances this year.

— San Francisco stocked up on pitching by getting starter Matt Moore from Tampa Bay and reliever Will Smith from Milwaukee. The Rays got third baseman Matt Duffy, shortstop Lucius Fox and right-hander Michael Santos for Moore, who is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts this season. Catcher Andrew Susac and pitching prospect Phil Bickford were jettisoned to the Brewers for Smith.

— The Minnesota Twins have grabbed starting pitcher Hector Santiago and a minor leaguer from the Los Angeles Angels for right-handers Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer and cash.

— Colin Rea is back with San Diego, just three days after the Padres shipped him to Miami. Rea injured his right elbow in his only start for the Marlins Saturday and is on the disabled list. San Diego sent minor league pitcher Luis Castillo back to the Marlins.


The WNBA's recent marketing push appears to have paid off, with the league saying it has racked up more than 24 million views across its social media platforms. That is nearly five times more than at this point last season. ESPN also has seen its household ratings double over last year.


The United States has several sailors considered possible medal contenders at the Olympics in Rio, which get under way this weekend. The U.S. prospects include Stu McNay of Providence and Dave Hughes of Miami in the men's 470 class. At the 2012 London Games, the U.S. failed to win a sailing medal for the first time since 1936.

Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura may be a record six-time world champion, but he won't be encountering much success in his "Pokemon Go" efforts after running up a huge roaming bill in Rio. Uchimura was stunned to receive a 500,000 yen ($4,900) mobile phone bill after playing the popular augmented-reality game, Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday. Thankfully for him, his Japanese carrier service agreed to reduce his bill to a 3,000 yen ($30) daily all-you-can-use contract, Kyodo said. Uchimura is the reigning gold medalist in the men's all-around competition, and has said he is just as committed to a Japan team gold in Rio de Janeiro as he is to the personal title. Nikkan Sports newspaper predicted "Uchimura may not get any Pokemon, but he will surely get gold."

Former Olympic ice hockey gold medalist Angela Ruggiero has been elected as chair of the International Olympic Committee's athletes' commission, automatically giving her a seat on the IOC's ruling executive board. Ruggiero joins former rower Anita DeFrantz as a second American on the policy-making board. Ruggiero's election is seen as a timely boost for Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Games.


Chris Buescher will only have foggy memories of his first Sprint Cup victory. Buescher was declared the winner of Monday's race at Pocono Raceway after a fog delay of about 80 minutes. The race was red-flagged with 22 laps remaining and more bad weather in the forecast, leaving Buescher ahead of Brad Keselowski.

Buescher is now on the verge of being in the mix for NASCAR's championship after not finishing better than 14th all season before Monday. He is six points behind David Ragan for 30th to reach the cutoff needed to become eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Regan Smith was third, followed by Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart. Jeff Gordon finished 27th driving for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.


The family of Bill McCartney says the former Colorado football coaching great was recently diagnosed with late-onset dementia and Alzheimer's. Family members said in a statement that McCartney is "still the same Coach Mac — biking, golfing, supporting the Buffs and being an active member of his church." However, the statement also asked acquaintances not to take it personally if he appears disconnected or unknowing. McCartney turns 76 later this month. He led the Buffaloes to their only national championship in 1990 and remains the winningest coach in team history at 93-55-5. McCartney was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame three years ago.


The Buffalo Bills have given a one-year contract to free-agent running back Reggie Bush, who will provide depth at running back behind LeSean McCoy. Bush is a 10-year NFL veteran who played five games with San Francisco last year before suffering a season-ending left knee injury.


Sabres forward Evander Kane has pleaded not guilty in Buffalo City Court to charges alleging he grabbed three women during an altercation at a downtown bar in June. The 24-year-old Kane was arrested July 22 and charged with non-criminal harassment, disorderly conduct and trespass after turning himself in to Buffalo police. He was released after being processed.

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