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July 31, 2018


Trading deadline arrives

UNDATED (AP) — It’s deadline day for baseball’s buyers and sellers. Teams have until 4 p.m. EDT to swing a trade without waivers, meaning it could be the last chance for contenders to land some top targets. Will the Rays find a new home for Chris Archer? What about the Rangers and Adrian Beltre? Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and Rays reliever Sergio Romo could go, too. Meanwhile, there hasn’t been any movement from the Mets to trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, though Zach Wheeler could still wind up elsewhere.

In some deals that have already taken place:

— The Boston Red Sox acquired Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels, replacing the injured Dustin Pedroia at second base even as the AL East leaders distance themselves from the New York Yankees — and the rest of baseball, too.

— Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has given manager Scott Servais a whole new bullpen. Seattle acquired left-hander Zach Duke from the Twins and right-hander Adam Warren from the Yankees on Monday. Dipoto also acquired righty Sam Tuivailala from St. Louis last week.

— The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for minor league starter Taylor Hearn and a player to be named. The deal was announced late Monday night after the Rangers’ 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

— Before Roberto Osuna steps onto the mound as Houston’s new closer, he may have to stand in the clubhouse and explain himself. The former Blue Jays closer was traded by Toronto to Houston on Monday, but he won’t pitch until at least next week as he serves a 75-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Osuna was charged with one count of assault in Toronto in May, which remains pending. Astros pitchers Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers Jr. have been outspoken in their disdain for domestic abusers, and Verlander expects that Osuna will address the team before he makes his Astros debut.


Another newcomer on the mound for Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Kolby Allard is set to become the latest prospect to debut for Atlanta this season when the 20-year-old left-hander starts against Miami. Allard was a first-round pick in 2015 and has been at Triple-A all of this season, going 6-4 with a 2.80 ERA. Allard joins Ozzie Albies, Luiz Gohara, Ronald Acuna and Mike Soroka as Braves players to debut before their 22nd birthday since the start of 2017.

In other big league action:

— Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler tonight makes his third start since returning from the DL because of a rib microfracture. He’s coming off an outing at Philadelphia where he gave up five earned runs to match a season high. Wade Miley of the Brewers figures to feel right at home at Dodger Stadium, where he’s 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA over six career starts.

— Texas Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon will make his fifth attempt at becoming baseball’s all-time wins leader among Latin American pitchers when he faces Arizona’s Zack Godley. The 45-year-old Colon is tied with Nicaraguan Dennis Martinez with 245 wins after losing his previous four outings.

— Charlie Morton gets the start for the Houston Astros against Seattle. Morton beat the Mariners the only time he faced them this year on April 19 in Seattle, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out eight while allowing three hits. Mike Leake, who starts for Seattle, has thrown seven or more innings in seven of his 21 starts this season, including three outings of eight innings.


AP source: Vikings, Diggs agree on 5-year extension

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Stefon Diggs have agreed on a five-year contract extension, moving the star of the “Minneapolis Miracle” into the NFL’s top 10 highest-paid players at his position.

The new deal, which was reached on Tuesday, is valued at $72 million plus an additional $9 million in possible incentives, according to the person who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the details.

Diggs has yet to post a 1,000-yard or 100-catch season, but his ability was on full display when he made the 61-yard touchdown reception on the game’s final play to lift the Vikings to victory over New Orleans in last season’s playoffs.

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