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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tartabull Sent to A's, Orioles Gain Bonilla

Major League Baseball's trading deadline was midnight Monday.

That seemed to make no difference Friday, when with 3 1/2 days remaining, the New York Yankees made two big deals, acquiring David Cone from Toronto for three minor leaguers and sending Danny Tartabull to Oakland for Ruben Sierra and a minor leaguer.

The Baltimore Orioles also made a big trade with the New York Mets, acquiring Bobby Bonilla and a player to be named later for top prospect Alex Ochoa and another minor leaguer.

"Obviously as you go down the stretch you see all the teams making moves, and this is going to help us," Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly said.

Bonilla gives the Orioles the powerful cleanup hitter they have lacked all year. He was hitting .325 with 18 home runs and 53 RBIs for the Mets -- the worst team in the National League. "He fit the bill for what we were looking for -- a very established professional hitter who hits from both sides with power," said Baltimore general manager Roland Hemond, who also gave up minor-league outfielder Damon Buford.

Cone fits the Yankees' need for a top starter to replace Jimmy Key, who is out for the season with a career-threatening shoulder injury. Melido Perez and Scott Kamieniecki have also battled arm troubles this year and the Yankees have been relying on a trio of rookie starters for much of the summer.

In exchange for Cone, New York gave up Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon. All right-handers, none has pitched above Class AA.

Tartabull and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had engaged in a public feud for years, and it heated up in the past week with Steinbrenner accusing Tartabull of faking an injury. Sierra has had his share of problems in Oakland, including clashes with manager Tony La Russa.


Houston Astros All-Star first baseman Jeff Bagwell, last year's National League Most Valuable Player, will miss three to four weeks after suffering a broken bone in his left hand during a 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Bagwell suffered the injury when he was hit by former teammate Brian Williams' pitch in the fourth inning.

Bagwell, 27, broke the same bone last August in Houston, when he was hit by San Diego's Andy Benes. He got off to a slow start this season, and is hitting .283 with 16 homers and 66 RBIs. He has 31 RBI this month and has raised his average 100 points since May 31.


John Kruk retired from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday in the middle of a game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Kruk, 34, singled in the first inning and was left on base. Frank Thomas pinch-hit for him in the third inning as Kruk was cleaning out his locker and leaving Camden Yards in the middle of the game.

"The desire to compete at this level is gone. When that happens, it's time to go," Kruk said after the Orioles' 8-3 win.

The burly first baseman-designated hitter made up his mind Friday and shared the news with him teammates Saturday.

"He wanted to go out with a hit," Chicago manager Terry Bevington said. "If he wouldn't have gotten a hit today, he would have waited until he got a hit."

Kruk, who signed with the White Sox as a free agent May 12, batted .308 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 49 games. In his 10-year career with San Diego, Philadelphia and Chicago, he hit .300 with 100 homers and 592 RBIs.

Kruk's last hit was a line drive to left off Scott Erickson. His last home run was July 5, a grand slam against New York at Comiskey Park.

"He went out in style, his own way," Thomas said. "You've got to respect the man for that. We're going to miss him."

Bevington said, "He got to the point where he felt, healthwise, he was starting to break down.'' (AP, Reuters)

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