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Tuesday’s Sports Minute

Tuesday’s Sports Minute

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Alex Rodriguez homered on his 40th birthday and the New York Yankees earned their third straight win by downing the Rangers 6-2 in Texas. Photo: Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez

Here’s a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Tuesday, July 28.

MLB TRADES

A person knowledgable about the situation has revealed that Troy Tulowitzski has been traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects in a stunning swap of star shortstops.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Tuesday because the deal had not yet been announced.

In addition to Tulowitzki, the Rockies sent 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays.

Along with Reyes, the Rockies picked up reliever Miguel Castro and two minor league pitchers.

Neither team had confirmed the blockbuster deal. FoxSports.com first reported the sides had agreed to a trade involving Tulowitzki, Reyes and minor leaguers.

The talented but often injured Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star who is hitting .300 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 87 games this season.

He was replaced on defense in the bottom of the ninth inning during Colorado’s 9-8 loss to the Cubs in Chicago on Monday night. After the game, the slugger spent at least 30 minutes in manager Walt Weiss’ office at Wrigley Field, but was unavailable to reporters.

METS GET CLIPPARD, ANGELS PICK UP VICTORINO

The New York Mets and Los Angeles Angels have added veterans in an effort to bolster their postseason chances.

The Mets have acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics. Clippard has gone 1-3 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 38 2/3 innings since being acquired by the A’s from Washington last winter.

The Mets also receive $1 million from the Athletics and send minor league hurler Casey Meisner to Oakland.

The Angels have snared veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and cash from the Boston Red Sox for infielder Josh Rutledge.

Victorino helped the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, but he’s hitting just .245 while playing 33 games this season, missing time due to two stints on the disabled list. The 34-year-old Victorino is a lifetime .276 with 108 homers and 229 stolen bases since reaching the majors in 2003.

Boston will pay the Angels just over $3.8 million as part of the trade.

Elsewhere in the majors:

  • The Cubs have released right-hander Edwin Jackson, one week after he was designated for assignment. Jackson was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

  • Giants left fielder Nori Aoki was activated in time for Monday’s game against Milwaukee. Aoki was hitting .317 before missing 28 games with a broken right leg suffered June 20.

    ROYALS HAMMER INDIANS, CARDS KNOCK OFF REDS

    It was another winning night for Missouri’s Major League Baseball teams as Kansas City and St. Louis both expanded their respective division leads.

    The Royals are an American League-best 60-38 after Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a four RBIs and three runs scored in a 9-4 rout of Cleveland. Hosmer put Kansas City ahead to stay with a three-run homer in the top of the first, one inning before Omar Infante hit his first round-tripper of the season.

    Kendrys Morales added a two-run double and an RBI single in the Royals’ third straight win.

    Edinson Volquez improved to 10-5 with help from Joe Blanton, who picked up a three-inning save.

    The outcome puts the AL Central Division-leading Royals eight games ahead of Minnesota.

    The Cardinals were 4-1 winners over Cincinnati as Kolten Wong launched a grand slam in the fourth inning. Lance Lynn improved to 8-5 by winning for the fifth time in his last six decisions, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. Lynn and the Cardinals’ bullpen blanked the Reds following Jay Bruce’s sacrifice fly in the third.

    Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 31st save as the Redbirds stretched their lead in the NL Central to 6 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.

    In other major league finals:

  • Alex Rodriguez homered on his 40th birthday and the New York Yankees earned their third straight win by downing the Rangers 6-2 in Texas. Rodriguez joined Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield as the only major leaguers to homer both as a teenager and in his 40s. Didi Gregorius smacked a two-run homer and had a career-high four RBIs for the Yanks, who pace the AL East by seven games over Toronto and Baltimore.

  • The Orioles beat Atlanta 2-1 on Matt Wieters homer leading off the bottom of the 11th. The O’s tied it on J.J. Hardy’s sacrifice fly in the ninth, a half-inning after Adonis Garcia homered for the Braves. The Birds’ third consecutive win puts them back at .500.

  • NL Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Heston improved to 11-5 by limiting Milwaukee to two runs and five hits in seven innings of San Francisco’s 4-2 win against the Brewers. Brandon Crawford smacked a two-run homer to put the Giants ahead 3-0, one batter after Brandon Belt lifted a sacrifice fly. The Giants’ sixth straight win puts them within a half-game of the NL West-leading Dodgers.

  • The Cubs blew a 7-4 lead in the ninth before beating Colorado 9-8 on rookie Kris Bryant’s two-run, walk-off homer. Bryant finished with three RBIs and Starlin Castro drove in two as Chicago ended a three-game skid. Carlos Gonzalez belted a two-run shot that put the Rockies ahead 8-7.

  • Curt Casali homered twice and had three RBIs in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 verdict over Detroit. Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer and an RBI single as rumors swirl that he and teammate David Price could be moved before Friday’s trade deadline. The reigning AL Central champs are 12 ½ games behind Kansas City.

  • The Chicago White Sox made it five straight wins as Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBI’s in a 10-8 decision over Boston. Tyler Flowers also had two RBIs, including a run-scoring single that snapped a 7-7 tie in the seventh inning. David Ortiz homered for the third time in two games, but his Red Sox still lost for the 10th time in 12 games.

  • Arizona beat Seattle 4-3 on Jake Lamb’s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt scored the winning run and raised his average to .346 by going 1-for-2 with a solo homer and three walks. The Mariners extended the game on Mike Zunino’s RBI single with two out in the bottom of the ninth.

    CUETO TO START FRIDAY

    Newly acquired Royals ace Johnny Cueto will make his debut for Kansas City on Friday in Toronto.

    Cueto was picked up in Sunday’s trade with Cincinnati for three left-handed pitching prospects. Cueto is still getting personal business in order and plans to join the AL’s best team on Tuesday.

    The Royals felt they needed a proven top-of-the-rotation starter to solidify their staff and dealt for Cueto, who is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this season. He was a 20-game winner last season.

    NBA FINALISTS MAKE SEPARATE DEALS

    The NBA-champion Golden State Warriors have completed a trade that sends two-time All-Star forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb.

    The teams agreed to the trade July 7, but Boston needed time to sort out other moves in free agency before completing the swap.

    Lee was an All-Star in 2010 with New York and 2013 with Golden State.

    Also in the NBA:

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers, allowing the Cavs to create trade exceptions for $10.5 million and $2.85 million to sign players. The Blazers are expected to cut Haywood, while Miller will reportedly seek a buyout and become a free agent.

  • The Cavaliers also re-signed restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova to a one-year pact worth $1.2 million. He emerged as an unlikely postseason contributor after All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was injured.

  • The Miami Heat have trimmed their roster and payroll by sending Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic and Zoran Dragic to the Celtics. Napier played in 51 games for Miami, averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 assists. Dragic is the brother of Heat guard Goran Dragic.

    DEALS INVOLVING RANGERS, PREDATORS

    The New York Rangers have avoided arbitration with center Derek Stepan by signing him to a six-year contract. Reports say the package is worth $39 million.

    The 25-year-old Stepan had 16 goals and 55 points in 68 games as the Rangers posted the NHL’s best regular-season record. He also had five goals and 12 points in 19 postseason games, tallying the series-winning goal in overtime against Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Also in the NHL:

  • The Nashville Predators have signed forward Colin Wilson to a four-year contract worth $15.75 million. The 25-year-old set career highs with 20 goals and 42 points last season, while tying a personal best with 22 assists. Wilson scored five goals in six games during the Predators’ first-round playoff loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon is now president of the Sabres following a front-office shakeup under Terry and Kim Pegula, who own both teams. Brandon takes over for Ted Black, who reached a mutual agreement to part ways with the franchise. Brandon has been with the Bills since 1997, and has served as the team’s president since 2013.

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