Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Cards get Masterson

CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up RHP Justin Masterson. But the trade doesn't mean they're going to surrender the season.

"We will never raise the white flag," manager Terry Francona said Wednesday. "Anybody who stands next to me in the dugout knows that will never happen."

Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old left as a free agent after the season, the Indians sent him to the Cardinals for minor-league OF James Ramsey.

"I was surprised," Masterson said. "It's bittersweet. I'm sad to leave the fellas and the fight we're making here in Cleveland. But I'm excited to get to St. Louis."

Masterson went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA last season, then turned down a contract extension during spring training. But he is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this season and has had a loss in velocity.

"The numbers don't quite look the same, but we're talking a year ago," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We can see there's a lot of potential here to help us out."

Ramsey, a former Florida State star, was a first-round pick in 2012. This year at Double A, he is hitting .300 with 13 home runs.

Cubs-Red Sox deal: Chicago acquired LHP Felix Doubront for a player to be named. Doubront is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games (10 starts).

Bush surprises Jeter: Yankees SS Derek Jeter got a surprise farewell before his final game in Texas, when former President George W. Bush took part in a pregame ceremony. Jeter received cowboy boots inscribed with the New York team logo, his name and No. 2. A video was then shown of Bush at Yankee Stadium before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series. After the video, Bush came on the field and gave Jeter a framed signed picture of the two together that night.

A's: CF Coco Crisp missed his fourth game with a strained neck, and manager Bob Melvin said he will miss at least one more.

Astros: RH reliever Josh Zeid will have season-ending surgery to address pain in both feet.

Mets: RHP Matt Harvey, who had Tommy John surgery in October, was cleared to begin throwing. The team said he might pitch in a fall instructional league with hopes of returning to the majors next season.

Nationals: Drew Storen got his first save since August 2013 as closer Rafael Soriano continued to sit since blowing a three-run lead Monday. But manager Matt Williams said Soriano will be called on if needed tonight.

Pirates: 3B Pedro Alvarez sat for the second straight game despite being healthy as the team tries to work on his throwing problems. He has 23 errors this season, 21 of them throwing.

Rangers: RF Alex Rios left in the fourth after being hit by a pitch on the left quad. But the team called it precautionary.

Chavez retires: Arizona INF Eric Chavez, 36, retired after 17 seasons. He has been on the DL with a sprained left knee.

From the Monster: ESPN said Dan Shulman and John Kruk will call Sunday's Red Sox-Yankees game from atop Fenway Park's Green Monster.

Late Tuesday

CHICAGO — Catcher John Baker pitched a scoreless inning then scored the winning run as the Cubs beat the Rockies 4-3 in 16 innings. The game took 6 hours, 27 minutes, longest in the 125-year history of the Cubs. Chicago used seven relievers before Baker entered. He got a popup before walking Drew Stubbs. But Cristhian Adames hit into a double play. Baker then walked to open the bottom of the 16th and scored on Starlin Castro's sac fly. "I was having trouble not smiling on the mound," said Baker, the fourth position player to earn a win since 1968.

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