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Jays acquire OF Upton Jr. from Padres

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SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have traded left fielder Melvin Upton Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league right-hander Hansel Rodriguez.

The trade, which continues the Padres' rebuilding, was announced Tuesday morning, hours before the Padres played at Toronto in the middle game of a three-game series.

Upton has had a big season for the Padres, who are mired in fourth place in the NL West. He is hitting .256 with 16 home runs, 45 RBIs, 46 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. He's hit three walk-off home runs.


Cubs acquire closer Chapman from Yankees

CHICAGO (AP) Before the Chicago Cubs completed a trade for Aroldis Chapman, owner Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein decided they had to hear from the closer himself about a domestic violence allegation in the offseason.

So Ricketts and Epstein asked Major League Baseball for a window to speak with the left-hander, and they got him on the phone Monday. When the conversation was over, the blockbuster deal was on.


Rangers' Fielder headed for neck surgery

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years, and his career could be jeopardy as well.

Fielder got a second opinion Monday, and general manager Jon Daniels said Dr. Drew Dossett recommended surgery. That was the same as Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles said last week after an MRI showed a herniation between Fielder's C4 and C5 disks.


Sale to start Thursday against Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) White Sox ace Chris Sale told on Monday he got upset with the team when he felt it placed more emphasis on a promotion than winning.

Sale will start Thursday against the crosstown Cubs in his first appearance since the ace left-hander was punished by the team for destroying collared throwback uniforms it was scheduled to wear.


Jays' Sanchez wins 10th decision in row

TORONTO (AP) Aaron Sanchez keeps piling up wins.

Along the way, the Toronto right-hander is piling up innings, too - which puts the Blue Jays in a predicament: How much longer can they go before moving their best starter to the bullpen?


Beltre's 2nd HR gives Rangers 7-6 win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre got the fastball he wanted.

Beltre's second home run of the game was a two-run shot on the first pitch from Ryan Madson with two outs in the ninth inning, and it rallied the Texas Rangers past the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Monday night for their third straight win.


O's top Rockies in 10 as run reaches 5

BALTIMORE (AP) Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles found yet another way to win, this time in extra innings on a grounder to the pitcher.

Jones scored the decisive run in the 10th inning on a low throw to the plate by right-hander Jordan Lyles, and the Orioles beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.


ChiSox beat Cubs on Saladino hit in 9th

CHICAGO (AP) Tyler Saladino held out his arms as the Chicago White Sox poured out of the dugout to mob him near second base.

The Chicago Cubs definitely could have used Aroldis Chapman on Monday night.


Reds send Giants to eighth loss in 9

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) With the trade deadline less than a week away, Jay Bruce isn't sure how much longer he'll be in Cincinnati.

If he does wind up with another team - Bruce has been the topic of trade speculation - the veteran outfielder is ending his run with the Reds on a memorable note.


Miller earns save as Yankees beat Astros

HOUSTON (AP) In its first test since star closer Aroldis Chapman was traded, the New York Yankees' bullpen came through just fine.

Austin Romine hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning to make a winner of Michael Pineda, and the Yankees held off the Houston Astros 2-1 on Monday night.