PITTSBURGH — The Astros sent 1B/LF Carlos Lee to the Marlins on Wednesday for two minor-leaguers, 3B Matt Dominguez and LHP Rob Rasmussen.
"It's a huge move, the front office showing people how much we want to win," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said. "They showed the players they're willing to do anything to help this ball club."
Lee, 36, is hitting .287 with five homers and 29 RBIs. Marlins LF Logan Morrison has been playing with a sore right knee and could move to first base. The Marlins sent current 1B Gaby Sanchez, hitting .202 with three homers and 17 RBIs, to Triple A after Wednesday's game.
Lee has a limited no-trade clause, and Sunday, he blocked a trade to the Dodgers. But Marlins GM Michael Hill said Lee did not have to approve this trade because his team was not among those he could block.
Sheets returns: RHP Ben Sheets, who signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta after missing almost two years with elbow injuries, gave up four runs in five innings for its Double-A affiliate. Sheets, 33, whose next start hasn't been determined, retired his final 10 batters.
Angels: RHP Dan Haren, dealing with a sore back, is set to be examined today.
Dodgers: All-Star RF Andre Ethier went on the DL with a strained left oblique. … INF Mark Ellis, out since May 18 with a left leg injury, was activated.
Indians: DH Travis Hafner, who had right knee surgery on May 31, returned. OF Shelley Duncan, whose wife is expecting twins, went on the paternity list.
Mariners: C Jesus Montero left in the fifth after being hit in the mask by a foul ball. His status was unknown.
Mets: OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis missed his second game with a sore right hand hurt during batting practice. He is day to day.
Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner went on the DL with a strained lat sustained during Tuesday's start.
Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish will skip Friday's start, his final one before the All-Star break. Nothing is physically wrong. The team wants to give Darvish, a rookie who worked on five days' rest in Japan, extra rest.
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia sat and is set to undergo tests on his sore right thumb today. He missed six games in May with a torn muscle in the thumb but said this injury, which occurred when he dived for a ball Tuesday, is in a different spot. … 3B Will Middlebrooks missed his third game with a tight left hamstring and remains day to day.
Royals: OF Mitch Maier was designed for assignment. The 30th overall pick in 2003, he hit .172 with two homers and seven RBIs and had just nine at-bats since May 27.
White Sox: RH reliever Jesse Crain went on the DL with a strained shoulder. RHP Deunte Heath was called up, giving Chicago 10 rookies on the roster, including eight of its 12 pitchers.
Twins: LHP Brian Duensing left his start in the fifth after being hit in the left ankle by a one-hopper. X-rays were negative.
Yankees: OF Darnell McDonald, designated for assignment by Boston on Saturday, was claimed. He hit .214 with two homers and nine RBIs in 38 games.
Big Papi's big milestone
David Ortiz became the 49th player with 400 homers on Wednesday, reaching the milestone against Oakland. (By the way, Red Sox Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski also hit their 400th homers against the Athletics franchise.) Active players who have 400 or more homers:
Player Team No.
Alex Rodriguez Yankees 642
Jim Thome Orioles 609
Chipper Jones Braves 460
Albert Pujols Angels 458
Jason Giambi Rockies 429
Andruw Jones Yankees 427
Paul Konerko * White Sox 410
David Ortiz Red Sox 400
* Hit his 400th homer on April 25 — also against Oakland