Baseball Report – August 4

August 4, 2014
[By Bob Hurst]

The trade talk that centered around David Price for the past month finally became reality last week. Tampa Bay sent Price to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team trade that included the Seattle Mariners.

The left-hander was thrilled to join his new team on Saturday night at Comerica Park in Detroit.

“Walking into the clubhouse today was like an All-Star Game,” Price said.

Price is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA this season. He was leading the majors in strikeouts at the time of the trade last Thursday. Price joins fellow Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, along with Rick Porcello and Anibal Sanchez in the rotation. Porcello and Scherzer have won 13 games each.

It is only the sixth time in American League history that a team had three Cy Young winners at the same time.

The Rays got pitcher Drew Smyly in the deal, that also had Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson go to the Mariners, and Seattle second baseman Nick Franklin go to the Rays.

Price gets his first start with the Tigers against New York at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

Lackey wins Cardinals debut: Last fall, John Lackey won the clinching Game 6 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. On Sunday night, he won his debut with the Cardinals.

The Cardinals traded outfielder Allen Craig and right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly to Boston before the trading deadline last week to get Lackey. They also received minor league left-hander Corey Littrell and cash considerations.

Lackey (12-7, 3.55 ERA) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings in the Cardinals’ 3-2 win over NL Central rival Milwaukee.

A’s pitching gets even better: The Oakland A’s improved their starting rotation when they acquired Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs. Now they’ve taken it up another notch by trading for Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester.

The A’s last week sent slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Lester, and also get outfielder Jonny Gomes. Boston also receives a draft pick from the A’s.

Lester, 30, is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA this season. The left-hander helped the Red Sox win two World Series, and now will get an opportunity to help lead Oakland in the playoffs. He has won at least 15 games per season in five of his last six years in the starting rotation with the Red Sox. Lester has a career 110-63 record and 3.64 ERA.

Gomes, 33, was batting .234 with six home runs and 32 RBIs before the trade, and is a career .244 hitter. He played with Oakland in 2012, batting .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs.

Cespedes, the two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion, brings power and run production to the Red Sox, who rank next-to-last in runs in the AL. The 28-year-old outfielder was hitting.256 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs this season. He led the A’s in hits with 102 and was third in homers and RBIs.

StatsWatch: Here’s the list of starting pitchers with the best records in the major leagues (through Sunday) –

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, 13-2

Max Scherzer, Tigers, 13-3

Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles, 12-3

Rick Porcello, Tigers, 13-5

Scott Kazmir, Athletics, 12-4

Sonny Gray, Athletics, 12-4

Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees, 12-4

Felix Hernandez, Mariners, 11-3

Adam Wainwright, Cardinals, 13-6

Wily Peralta, Brewers, 13-6

Quotable: “They had all game to retaliate. Are you trying to hurt me too? That’s the question.” – Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, after getting hit by a pitch on Saturday night in a game against Arizona., in what appeared to be retaliation for Paul Goldschmidt getting HBP on Friday.

Diamond Notes: Arizona Diamondbacks’ All-Star first baseman Paul¬†

Goldschmidt will probably miss the rest of the season with a broken left hand, according to manager Kirk Gibson. Goldschmidt, who is batting .300 with 19 homers and 69 RBIs, was injured when hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh’s Ernesto Frieri on Friday night…Six-time Gold Glove Award winner Eric Chavez announced his retirement last week at the age of 36. Chavez, who played with the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, was a .268 career hitter with 260 home runs and 902 RBIs. He averaged 28 homers per season with the A’s from 2000-06. The third baseman had a career .970 fielding percentage. Chavez had only 69 at-bats with Arizona this season due to knee problems…Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return to broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games next year. Scully, 86, has been broadcasting Dodgers games since 1950.



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