NEW YORK — The Brewers, the NL Central co-leaders, acquired former All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Mets late Tuesday, boosting their bullpen for a second-half run.
The trade was announced a half hour after the All-Star Game, with the Mets sending K-Rod (29 years old, 2-2 record, 3.16 ERA and 23 saves) and cash to Milwaukee for two players to be named.
Milwaukee is tied with St. Louis, and John Axford has done well as closer. The Brewers, however, have had trouble finding steady setup men.
Remembering the Boss: Former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was remembered Wednesday with an announcement and moment of silence before the Tampa Yankees hosted the Palm Beach Cardinals at Steinbrenner Field. Steinbrenner died of a heart attack at 80 on July 13, 2010.
Clemens trial: Prosecutors in Washington said that needles and cotton balls Roger Clemens' former trainer says he used to inject the star pitcher tested positive for Clemens' DNA and anabolic steroids. Assistant U.S. attorney Steven Durham revealed the results during opening arguments in Clemens' trial on charges of lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin won't dispute the needles contain Clemens' DNA and steroids, but he accused trainer Brian McNamee of "mixing" it up. "He manufactured this stuff," Hardin said.
Low All-Star ratings: The All-Star Game drew a record-low rating for the second straight year, the NL's 5-1 win Tuesday on Fox earning a 6.9 rating and 12 share, down 8 percent from 7.5/13.
Ray stars: Durham 3B Russ Canzler hit a three-run homer for the International League's only runs in a 3-0 victory over the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game in Salt Lake City.