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A's get Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Beane considers Jon Lester a proven ace who can carry a pitching staff through the playoffs, just like he did last fall. The general manager acquired Lester to make sure Oakland gets there first.

The baseball-leading, small-budget A's won the mighty Lester sweepstakes Thursday, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

"Once again players like this really don't come along too often," Beane said. "When you get a guy who's a legitimate No. 1 starter in the middle of the season and we currently sit in first place, we're excited. ... There's no looking ahead. The way the playoff system is now, you want to win the division."

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Leaders
AVG: B. Holt.302
HR: D. Ortiz25
RBI: D. Ortiz77
SB: J. Bradley Jr.7
W: C. Buchholz5
Saves: K. Uehara21
K: C. Buchholz70
AL East
TeamWLPctGB
Baltimore 6047.561-
Toronto 6050.5451.5
NY Yankees 5552.5145
Tampa Bay 5355.4917.5
Boston 4860.44412.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .246 (20)
Runs: 412 (26)
Hits: 908 (20)
Home Runs: 82 (23)
Stolen Bases: 32 (29)
OBP: .321 (10)
SLG: .373 (23)
Total Bases: 1377 (24)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.90 (21)
Runs Allowed: 467 (21)
Saves: 24 (24)
Strikeouts: 853 (14)
OpBA: .259 (23)
OBP: .318 (16)
SLG: .412 (25)
Run Support: 3.80 (26)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
8/1 W. Middlebrooks Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
8/1 W. Middlebrooks Removed From 15-Day DL (Fractured right index finger)
7/31 Y. Cespedes Traded Oakland (for LHP Jon Lester & OF Jonny Gomes)
7/31 A. Craig Traded St. Louis (for RHP John Lackey, four-player deal)
7/31 K. Johnson Traded NY Yankees (for SS Stephen Drew & cash)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
7/24 D. Ortiz Back spasms (day-to-day)
6/1 M. Carp off 15-day DL
5/30 R. Lavarnway Strained left wrist (on 60-day DL)
5/29 D. Ortiz Right calf soreness (day-to-day)
5/27 C. Buchholz off 15-day DL
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