BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a blockbuster three-team deal on Tuesday night that also sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers.
The slick-fielding Iglesias provides a nice insurance policy for AL Central-leading Detroit in case Jhonny Peralta is suspended as part of baseball’s Biogenesis drug investigation. Iglesias also can play second and third.
Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was considered the best starting pitcher on the market ahead of Wednesday’s non-waiver deadline.
The Red Sox also got reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. They shipped Iglesias to Detroit and three minor leaguers to the White Sox as part of the trade.
Chicago also received prized prospect Avisail Garcia. Garcia, who turned 22 in June, hit .374 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 33 games for Triple-A Toledo.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Athletics acquired Alberto Callaspo from AL West rival Los Angeles Angels for infield prospect Grant Green on Tuesday night.
Callaspo was hitting .253 with five home runs and 36 RBIs entering Tuesday.
The 30-year-old Callaspo is hitting .253 with 42 homers and 293 RBIs in an eight-year career with Arizona, Kansas City and the Angels.
The A’s first round draft pick in 2009, Green was hitless in 15 at-bats, with an RBI, during his first stint in the major leagues this season. The 25-year-old infielder was hitting .325 at Sacramento.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Beard is back in baseball.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract. He will join the team after pitching in the minors on a rehab assignment.
Wilson hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 12, 2012, the same month he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
He threw in front of scouts last week, and Mattingly said the Dodgers’ representatives were happy with Wilson’s location and velocity.
Wilson was one of the majors’ top relievers from 2008-11 with the San Francisco Giants. He was a three-time All-Star and led the big leagues with 163 saves in 186 chances.
His heavy black beard has taken on a life of its own, and helped make Wilson a celebrity.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Tuesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a strained right knee.
Molina started the second game of the doubleheader and played three innings before being replaced by Rob Johnson. The All-Star starter went 0 for 2 and also had a passed ball defensively that allowed Pittsburgh’s Jose Tabata to score from third.
Molina has been dealing with pain in the knee since early June. He underwent an MRI earlier this month that revealed inflammation. Molina is hitting .330 in 98 games this season for St. Louis and was the top vote-getter for the All-Star game.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
The Indians sent minor league infielder Juan Herrera to St. Louis on Tuesday in exchange for Rzepczynski, who Cleveland hopes will help them get out left-handed hitters.
The 27-year-old is 9-17 with a 4.20 ERA in 177 career games for Toronto and St. Louis. Lefties have batted .224 against Rzepczynski, who pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings for the Cardinals in the 2011 World Series.
Rzepczynski has split this season between St. Louis and Triple-A Memphis. In two stints with the Cardinals, he posted a 7.84 ERA in 11 games. He has limited lefties to a .185 average in the minors.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo left Tuesday’s 6-5 win against the Chicago Cubs because of tightness in his left hamstring.
It’s not clear how much time Gallardo will miss. Manager Ron Roenicke said the team will know more after he’s examined by team physician Dr. William Raasch on Wednesday.
Gallardo first felt pain in the hamstring when he made a diving catch on Carlos Villanueva’s bunt in the fourth. Then, the right-hander was favoring his leg after throwing a 1-2 pitch to Darwin Barney with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning and the Brewers leading 2-0.
“As soon as I released it, it kind of tightened up a little bit,” Gallardo said. “Tightened up enough to just, I think . After I felt it on that pitch I figured it was going to be a little difficult to stay in there.”
After Gallardo hobbled off the field, John Axford gave up a tying single to Darwin Barney that set off a five-run rally.
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McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The father of a high school baseball player who died after using steroids has written to every member of Congress, criticizing the government’s lack of funding for drug education programs.
Donald Hooton testified at the 2005 congressional hearings that featured Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and other major leaguers.
Taylor Hooton was 17 when he committed suicide in 2003. His parents think the suicide stemmed from depression that followed Taylor’s decision to stop using steroids. Donald Hooton established The Taylor Hooton Foundation to promote awareness of the steroids problem among youth.
Hooton asked the government to survey youngsters to determine the scope of the problem. He also wants such federal agencies such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to become “bully pulpits” that will promote education in schools about performance-enhancing drugs.