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Yankees get McCutchen from Giants...Royals send catcher Butera to Rockies...Donald gets record deal from Rams

August 31, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants for two prospects. The 31-year-old McCutchen has been the Giants’ regular right fielder. He could fill that spot for the Yankees, who have been missing slugger Aaron Judge since his wrist was broken by a pitch in late July. The teams announced the deal on the last day for trades to be done for players to be eligible for the postseason.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Rockies have acquired Drew Butera from the Kansas City Royals, giving Colorado a veteran backup catcher as they try to chase down the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. The Royals received minor league left-hander Jerry Vasto. Butera was in his fourth season with the Royals, where he served as the backup to six-time All-Star Salvador Perez. He was hitting just .188 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 52 games, but will be remembered by Kansas City fans for catching the final out of the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald has agreed to a massive new contract with the Los Angeles Rams, ending his second consecutive preseason holdout as the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. The Rams announced new six-year deal through 2024 for Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Donald is already under contract this season for $6.89 million.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek has announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL. Celek was released in March after spending his entire career with the Eagles. Celek had 398 receptions for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns in 175 regular-season games. He caught 27 passes for 257 yards and three TDs in nine playoff games, including a 41-33 victory over New England in the Super Bowl in February. He missed only one game in his career.

NEW YORK (AP) — Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens has advanced to the fourth round by beating two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-4. The third-seeded American will face No. 15 Elise Mertens next.

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