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RANGERS SEND LOFTON HOME TO CLEVELAND

Kenny Lofton returned to the Indians as the Rangers traded him for minor-league catcher Max Ramirez.

Lofton, Cleveland's all-time leader with 450 steals, batted .300 and won four consecutive Gold Gloves in CF in nine seasons there. The Indians haven't made the playoffs since he left as a free agent after 2001.

In his 17th season, Lofton, 40, is hitting .303 with seven homers, 23 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.

Also, the Indians sent LHP Cliff Lee to Triple A. Lee, 28, won 14 games in 2004, 18 in 2005 and 14 in 2006, when he signed a three-year, $14-million extension. This year, he is 5-8 with a 6.38 ERA.

Phillies replace Utley

PHILADELPHIA - A day after losing All-Star 2B Chase Utley to a broken hand, the Phillies acquired Tadahito Iguchi from the White Sox for minor-league pitcher Michael Dubee. Iguchi, a .273 hitter over his three seasons in Chicago, is at .251 this year with 17 doubles, six home runs and 31 RBIs. Utley, hit by a pitch, is expected to miss a month.

PADRES-D'BACKS TRADE: San Diego got OF Scott Hairston for minor-league pitcher Leo Rosales. Hairston is hitting .222 with three homers and 16 RBIs. It also signed 3B Shea Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand, 32, who will go to Triple A, hit .254 with three homers and 22 RBIs before the Angels released him June 29.

CUBS: Kerry Wood, being converted into a reliever, pitched a perfect inning at Class A. It was the first time he pitched on consecutive nights. Next is a Triple-A game, which has not been scheduled.

MARLINS: The return of RHP Josh Johnson was delayed indefinitely by a stiff elbow felt after Thursday's three-inning rehab start.

METS: RHP Pedro Martinez, out after rotator cuff surgery, threw 65 pitches at the spring training complex in Port St. Lucie. The next step hasn't been decided.

REDS: RHP Kirk Saarloos was sent to Triple A. He is 1-4 with an 8.19 ERA in 29 games (including two starts), and the past 10 batters he has faced reached.

L.A.-COLORADO: Rain postponed Friday's game. No makeup was announced.

DRUG SUSPENSION: RHP Thomas King, released June 23 by the Giants, was suspended for 50 games for violating the drug program. King, 23, is the 17th minor-leaguer suspended this year.

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