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Last Update on July 31, 2014 20:56 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

The AL West leaders have acquired the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes (GOHMZ) from Boston for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ihs SESH'-peh-dehs) before the trade deadline.

Oakland will also received cash from Boston while the Red Sox will also get a draft pick in a deal.

Lester is having an outstanding season with a 10-7 record and career-best 2.52 ERA in 21 starts. He's allowed seven earned runs in his last eight games with 54 strikeouts and nine walks. But the Red Sox put him on the trading block because he can become a free agent after the season.

Lester joins a starting rotation with a team that has the best record in baseball. Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray are already double digit winners this season and the staff also includes the recently acquired Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) and Jason Hamel.

In other deals;

-- Boston got rid of No. 2 starter John Lackey who has been dealt to St. Louis for fellow righty Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig. Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in the fourth year of a five-year, $82.5 million deal. Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts. Craig is batting .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs.

-- Oakland sent pitcher Tommy Milone to Minnesota to reacquire outfielder Sam Fuld, who's expected to help fill the void created by the A's dealing Cespedes. The left-handed Milone asked to be traded after going 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA following his demotion to the minors. The Twins picked up Fuld in April after he was waived by Oakland.

-- Baltimore has picked up left-handed reliever Andrew Miller from Boston for minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. The 29-year-old Miller has a 2.34 ERA in 50 appearances with the Red Sox.

-- Washington has acquired two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal (as-DROO'-buhl) Cabrera and cash from Cleveland for little-used shortstop Zach Walters.

-- Seattle has acquired outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor leaguers. The 34-year old Denorfia is hitting .242 with one homer, 10 doubles and 16 RBIs.

-- Left-handed hitter Gerardo Parra has been picked up by Milwaukee in a traded with Arizona for a pair of minor leaguers. Parra is hitting .259, about 25 points lower than his career average.

--The Boston Red Sox have obtained third baseman Kelly Johnson from the New York Yankees for shortstop Stephen Drew, who is hitting .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 39 games. Johnson is hitting .219 with six homers and 22 RBIs and is on the disabled list. Boston also sent cash to New York.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Dodgers trot out their ace to wrap up a series with Atlanta on a limited major league baseball schedule.

Major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw gets the start for NL West-leading Los Angeles. He's coming off a three-hit shutout that improved his record to 12-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.76.

The Braves go with 10-game winner Julio Teheran in an effort to snap the Dodgers' five-game winning streak.

Pittsburgh heads into the opener of their road series against the Diamondbacks with a chance to move into a tie with the idle Giants for a wild-card spot. The Pirates have won eight of 12, including two of three in the just-completed series against San Francisco. That's moved Pittsburgh to within two games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

Not much has gone right for the Reds since the All-Star break. They've only managed two wins in their last 10 games heading into tonight's series opener at Miami. Cincinnati looks to 11-6 Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) to spark a turnaround. He enters tonight's contest with a 2.08 ERA that is third-best in the National League. The Marlins have come alive recently, winning six in a row before yesterday's loss to Washington.

There are six games set in the National League and five in the American.


DETROIT (AP) -- Minor league pitcher Evan Reed says he passed a polygraph test earlier this year after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel.

The member of the Detroit Tigers organization has been arraigned on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A not guilty plea was entered for Reed, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12.

His lawyer has said Reed and the woman had consensual sex, and Reed echoed that today during a news conference after the hearing.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Baltimore running back Ray Rice says his actions against his then-fiancee were "totally inexcusable" and insisted he had never been a part of any domestic violence incidents before. Rice spoke at the Ravens training camp about the incident.

He was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped.

He received a two-game suspension from the NFL and a fine in excess of $500,000. He said he never intended to appeal the punishment.


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander says he won't appeal his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He says he did it so there's nothing to appeal.

Alexander didn't want to discuss specifics of the suspension but says it has been an "eye-opening experience." He added he knows that one more slip up and he could be out of the league for a year.


ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- The Colts have put starting left guard Donald Thomas on season-ending injured reserve with a torn right quad, the same diagnosis that ended his 2013 season after just two games. He was injured during a pile up in Wednesday's practice.

The move comes one day after running back Vick Ballard had season-ending surgery to fix a torn left Achilles' tendon.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Ryan Moore and former Masters champ Charl (SHAR'-ehl) Schwartzel are off to a solid start at the Bridgestone Invitational with matching 5-under 65's to tie for the clubhouse lead. Patrick Reed and Francisco Molinari are two shots back. British Open winner Rory McIlroy posted an opening 69 while Phil Mickelson turned in a 71.

Defending champ Tiger Woods is still on the course.