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Houston adds pitching depth

In an attempt to bolster their playoff chances, the Astros reacquired veteran pitcher Danny Darwin Tuesday from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor-leaguer Rich Loiselle, the team said.

"He (Darwin) played an important role for this organization on the '86 championship team," Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said. "We believe he can play a major role in helping us win again this year."

The Astros are two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division.

In August 1986, the Astros obtained the right-hander from Milwaukee and finished the season by winning the National League West Division. Darwin registered a 5-2 record with a 2.32 ERA over the final six weeks of the season.

This season, the 40-year-old is 7-9 with a 3.02 ERA in 19 starts.

Loiselle, 24, split the season between Class AA Jackson and Tucson, Houston's Class AAA affiliate. His combined record was 9-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 21 games, all starts. The Pirates assigned him to Class AAA Calgary. Pittsburgh also placed Paul Wagner on the 60-day disabled list.

HOWE HEARING: Former New York Yankees pitcher Steve Howe's scheduled court appearance for a felony gun charge was postponed until Sept.11.

Both the prosecution and defense agreed to the postponement, said Dawn Culotta, a spokeswoman for the Queens County District Attorney's Office.

RED SOX-MARINERS TRADE: Boston acquired minor-league infielder Arquimedez Pozo from Seattle for reserve infielder Jeff Manto. Pozo has spent the season with Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League, hitting .279 with 15 home runs and 64 RBI in 95 games. Manto appeared in 10 games for the Red Sox hitting .267 with two home runs and four RBI. Seattle also put Edgar Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with bruised ribs. The move was made retroactive to Sunday. Martinez is hitting .334 with 22 homers and 82 RBIs in 95 games. He leads the major leagues with 44 doubles.

DODGERS: Rightfielder Raul Mondesi left the game against Florida in the seventh inning with a bruised right shin after being thrown out at the plate. He is listed as day-to-day.

PADRES: Chris Gwynn went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday because of a sprained right hand. Archi Cianfrocco was reinstated from the disabled list after missing 13 games with a lower back strain.

WHITE SOX: Backup catcher Chad Kreuter, who sustained a severe shoulder injury in a home-plate collision last weekend, has experienced bleeding in his stomach. Kreuter was to undergo surgery today, but it has been delayed until Monday. Kreuter, who passed out in the shower this week, has been admitted to the intensive care unit of Centinella Hospital in Los Angeles.

YANKEES: Melido Perez threw 92 pitches in an eight-inning rehab assignment, allowing four hits and striking out seven for Double-A Norwich.

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