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Reed Johnson already had scored twice, his Cubs were romping and he was set to
bat again at Wrigley Field. Mike Webster Jersey . Instead of heading to
the plate, the outfielder was pulled for a pinch hitter and told to start
packing — he was going to Atlanta. Several contenders got a head start on the
trade deadline by making deals Monday night. The Braves acquired Johnson and
pitcher Paul Maholm from Chicago while the Los Angeles Dodgers obtained former
All-Star reliever Brandon League from Seattle. Cubs ace Ryan Dempster remained
the big prize, and batterymate Geovany Soto seemed on his way to Texas. Clubs
have until 4 p.m. EDT to complete trades without waivers. “There will be a lot
of calls. Whether were going to make other deals, well see. But I know there
will be a lot of phone calls,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I dont
think tonight is going to be one with a lot of sleep.” Toronto is among 17 teams
in the majors that either leads a division or is within five games of a
wild-card spot. The Blue Jays made a pair of trades for right-handed relievers,
getting Brad Lincoln from Pittsburgh and Steve Delabar from Seattle. The Blue
Jays pulled outfielder Travis Snider in the sixth inning of a 4-1 loss at
Seattle. Soon thereafter, they announced he was going to the contending Pirates.
“Definitely a shock,” Snider said. “With the trade deadline coming up, you never
know if its going to be you.” Toronto later acquired Delabar for outfielder
Eric Thames. The Dodgers, in a virtual tie with San Francisco for the NL West
lead, got League for a pair of prospects, outfielder Leon Landry and
right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom. “New league, new hitters, new teammates,”
League said. “Its definitely an exciting time. Now, its a new chapter in my life
and go help the Dodgers try and win a ring.” League was 0-5 with nine saves and
a 3.63 ERA in 46 games this season. The 29-year-old righty was an All-Star last
year when he had 37 saves for the Mariners. The Dodgers are familiar with League
— he got two outs against them in June when six Seattle pitchers combined for a
no-hitter against Los Angeles. He had an inkling a deal might be in the works.
“You cant ignore the rumours and the deadlines the deadline. The past three
years youve been hearing stuff whether it be during the trade deadline or even
in the off-season,” he said. Atlanta has won six in a row to climb within 3 1/2
games of Washington in the NL East. The Braves nearly had a deal for Dempster in
the last week, and instead got Maholm, Johnson and cash for two minor league
pitchers — Arodys Vizcaino, a top prospect who had season-ending Tommy John
surgery in April, and Jaye Chapman. “It was one of those situations obviously
where Atlanta was in the market for a starting pitcher,” Hoyer said, laughing.
“It made the conversation a little bit easier.” “Theres certainly no hard
feeling from the front office on what happened” with the potential Dempster
deal, Hoyer said. The 29-year-old Maholm is 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA, including a 4-0
record and 1.23 ERA in July. “We want to put ourselves in a good position to win
the division, not just make the playoffs,” Braves general manager Frank Wren
said. “We were looking for a starter, a quality starter that could give us the
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five-run lead in the fifth, beat the San Diego Padres 6-5 for their third
straight win. Cameron Heyward Jersey . With his team
playing the middle game in a stretch of three in three nights, Suns coach Alvin
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did not return, though an MRI exam taken on Monday revealed no structural
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stiffness in his left knee, however, and is now questionable to participate in
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with 10-7 records and remain in contention for top spot in the East and West
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made the move three days after wildness cut short Felizs latest outing in the
fifth inning. Just how long Feliz will be out will be determined when the
Rangers see how a ligament in his elbow responds to four weeks without picking
up a baseball.ST. LOUIS —Matt Holliday found that elusive comfort zone.
Holliday homered and drove in five runs and Yadier Molina homered and drove in
four, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals
on Saturday. Holliday also doubled twice and singled. Molina broke a 7-all tie
with a two-run, bases-loaded single off reliever Greg Holland in the seventh
inning. After starting the game in an 0-for-12 rut, Holliday got four hits. “Its
been frustrating, my swing had been a little off,” he said. “Ive just been
trying to battle, trying to find a good groove.” The veteran slugger made a few
minor adjustments in batting practice. Those moves paid dividends. “Some little
mechanical things,” he said. “It is nice to see the results.” St. Louis won for
the third time in four games. Kansas Citys season high-tying four-game winning
streak ended. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected in the first after
umpires overruled an initial call that temporarily led to a temporary triple
play. With runners on first and second, Eric Hosmer hit a line drive that St.
Louis pitcher Joe Kelly snared near the ground and threw to first. After first
baseman Matt Adams tossed the ball back to Kelly, the pitcher then threw to
second for the apparent third out. But after a three-minute conference that
included crew chief Dana DeMuth, the umpires ruled that the ball hit the ground.
Bench coach Mike Aldrete took over for Matheny. “I saw the ball bounce,” said
Hosmer. Matheny said he wasnt arguing about the reversal. Instead, he said he
was upset that the umpires didnt make an immediate ruling on Hosmers ball. “The
issue was, the pitcher came up with the ball looking for a call to be made,”
Matheny said. “The play was not to first base if we get a quick ruling on what
it is. That was my argument.” Said DeMuth: “Our main concern was to get the call
right. When I got everybody together, nobody had a catch.” Holliday staked his
team to an early 2-0 lead with a 431-foot homer off Bruce Chen in the first.
Molina also hit a two-run homer in the first. Chen gave up six earned runs on
seven hits over 1 2-3 innings, his shortest start of the season. “Im definitely
not very happy with the way I pitched,” Chen said. “I just diddnt pitch well
enough to help my team win. Joe Greene Jersey. ” Mike Moustakas homered
and drove in four runs for the Royals, who rallied from a 6-1 deficit to a take
a 7-6 lead with three runs in the seventh. Mitchell Boggs (1-1) picked up the
win with 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief. Jason Motte recorded his 14th save
in 17 chances. Tim Collins (4-1) took the loss. Alcides Escobar had a two-run
single in the seventh to give the Royals a 7-6 lead. Holliday, who began the day
in an 0-for-12 rut, tied it with an RBI single in the seventh. Allen Craig
walked to load the bases for Molina. Kansas City came back with single runs in
the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before taking the lead with three in the
seventh. Hosmer walked and Jeff Francoeur singled before Moustakas added an RBI
hit. Brayan Pena followed an infield single to load the bases and Escobar poked
a hit to right to give the Royals a 7-6 lead. “I was really proud of the
offence, the way they stayed after it,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “Down
6-1, they just kept putting together good at-bats. We battled back and got the
lead, but from the seventh inning on (our pitchers) just really struggled to
command the ball.” Kelly, making his second major league start, gave up two
earned runs on seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. Carlos Beltran added three hits and
extended his hitting streak to nine games. He pushed the lead to 5-1 with an RBI
single and Holliday followed with an RBI double. Moustakas hit his 10th homer in
the fourth. He also had a run-scoring single in the first and an RBI groundout
in the fifth. NOTES: The Royals five previous games had all been decided by one
run. They won four. ... Kansas City RHP Luis Mendoza (2-3, 4.89 ERA) will face
Adam Wainwright (5-7, 4.75) in the series finale on Sunday. Mendoza took a
no-hit bid into the seventh of his previous start, a 2-1 win over Milwaukee on
Tuesday. ... The Cardinals are 39-29 in regular-season meetings with their
cross-state neighbours. ... Billy Butler made his first pinch-hitting appearance
this season for the Royals and flied out. ... Kelly picked off Chris Getz at
first in the third inning. Kelly became the third St. Louis pitcher to register
a pickoff this season, along with Jaime Garcia and Jake Westbrook. ’ ’ ’ 

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