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Mets land Cespedes to give offense boost

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NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes put on a scintillating show at Citi Field while winning the Home Run Derby two years ago. Now he has two months to power the New York Mets into the playoffs.

Eagerly chasing offense as the clock ticked down on Friday's trade deadline, the Mets landed the big right-handed bat they so desperately needed by acquiring Cespedes from Detroit for two minor league pitchers.

Cespedes hit .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs in 102 games for the Tigers. The slugging outfielder, who can become a free agent after this season, joins his fourth team in a year and a day but represents a major boost to a weak lineup that threatened to derail New York's postseason hopes.


Rangers' Hamels vetoed deal to Astros

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) With Cole Hamels, the Texas Rangers have gotten another ace in hopes of getting back to the playoffs - in 2015 and beyond.

Texas obtained the Phillies left-hander in an eight-player deal completed before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline after being agreed on earlier in the week.


Jays top KC in 11 to spoil Cueto's debut

TORONTO (AP) David Price was pleased with the popcorn waiting in his locker when he finally arrived in Toronto.

Hours later, Josh Donaldson gave Price something even better: a dramatic win for his new team.


Flores' HR in 12th lifts Mets over Nats

NEW YORK (AP) Wilmer Flores gave Mets fans one more reason to fall for him - this time with his bat as well as his heart.

The new favorite at Citi Field hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning to lift New York over the Washington Nationals 2-1 Friday night in the opener of a pivotal series between the top teams in the NL East.


Teixeira homers from both sides in rout

CHICAGO (AP) Mark Teixeira is on a hot streak, and it doesn't seem to matter whether he's swinging right- or left-handed.

Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the record 14th time, hitting his 10th grand slam and a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 13-6 Friday night.


Greinke allows 2 runs in 8 to top Angels

LOS ANGELES (AP) Even with pitchers like Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly understands pitching to an Angels lineup that includes Mike Trout and Albert Pujols is a daunting task.

"Every time you go through there, it's kind of like going through Boardwalk and Park Place when they've got hotels on them," Mattingly said after the Dodgers won Friday night's Freeway Series opener 5-3.


Rangers rattle Bumgarner, benches clear

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rangers leadoff hitter Delino DeShields flipped his bat away in frustration after an inning-ending popup.

Then he realized he was caught in the middle of shouting between San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner and Texas teammate Adrian Beltre. Almost as quickly, the benches and bullpens cleared and players from both teams were facing off in the infield.


M's Walker fires 1-hitter in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A tough season forced the Seattle Mariners to become sellers at the trade deadline. Taijuan Walker then showed why the future looks promising.

Walker pitched a one-hitter for his first career complete game in 29 major league starts, and Nelson Cruz and Jesus Montero homered to lift the Mariners over the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Friday night.


Cubs get RHP Haren, cash from Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Dan Haren has been acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Miami Marlins.

As part of Friday's deal, Miami is sending cash to the Cubs to cover part of Haren's $11 million salary.


Bucs edge Reds, go NL-best 17-9 in July

CINCINNATI (AP) With a perfect throw and a jarring dive, left fielder Starling Marte saved the Pirates' rebuilt bullpen.

Marte threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning, then made a diving catch to end it, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates hold on for a 5-4 victory on Friday night that let the new-look bullpen save face its first time out.

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