Mariners-Braves trades...Sharks could be short-handed...Redskins’ Foster injured
ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Braves have added veteran help for their patchwork bullpen by acquiring right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Seattle for left-hander Jesse Biddle and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino (viz-ky-EE’-noh). Seattle is sending Atlanta almost $1.8 million to cover about one-third of what’s remaining in Swarzak’s $8 million salary this year. Vizcaino had season-ending shoulder surgery last month. Biddle was designated for assignment by Atlanta last week.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Jake Odorizzi has won six straight starts for the AL Central-leading Twins, giving up a total of six earned runs during that span. Quite a reversal from his results early in the season, when he was wild and went 0-2 in his first three starts. Odorizzi will try to extend the streak when he pitches in Anaheim tonight against the Angels.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Shortstop Didi Gregorius has taken another step toward a return to action with the Yankees. He played five innings of defense and went 2 for 4 with a walk today at extended spring training in his first game action since Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17. Playing against Detroit Tigers minor leaguers and in front of Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, Gregorius singled twice and cleanly fielded three grounders but had an error for an errant throw to first base.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ The San Jose Sharks could be headed into their fifth elimination game of the postseason short-handed. The Sharks left town to play Game 6 of the Western Conference final at St. Louis tomorrow with questions about the status of captain Joe Pavelski, high-scoring forward Tomas Hertl and playmaking defenseman Erik Karlsson. San Jose lost all three stars to injuries during a 5-0 loss at home to the Blues on Sunday that left them trailing the best-of-seven series 3-2 headed into Tuesday night’s game.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster has injured his left leg during an offseason practice and was taken off the field on a cart. Foster went down clutching at his left knee during the first practice of organized team activities. Foster was expected to compete for a starting inside linebacker job this season.