MLB notebook: Soriano rejoins sliding Yankees
NEW YORK — The Yankees acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs on Friday, bringing back the seven-time All-Star to provide a power boost to a team that needs more pop.
Soriano immediately went into the starting lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field against Tampa Bay. The Cubs got minor league pitcher Corey Black, and are sending almost $17.7 million to the Yankees to cover the rest of Soriano's rich contract.
“We've obviously been trying to improve our offense this season, to no avail,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “By far, he was the best available bat to date.”
Soriano outhomered the Yankees, who are fourth in the AL East, by himself (10-8) in the past four weeks. Overall, the 37-year-old Soriano was hitting .254 with 17 homers and 51 RBI with the Cubs.
The Yankees rank next-to-last in the AL with 88 homers. Jayson Nix homered June 25, the most recent home run by a Yankees right-handed hitter.
Cashman dares A-Rod to have outside exam
Cashman challenged Alex Rodriguez to have his leg examined by an outside doctor, defending the team's medical and training staff and saying he wouldn't comment on “extra noise.”
The third baseman claims his left quadriceps isn't injured and detailed his frustration during a radio interview, just hours after team management said he wouldn't be ready to resume minor league rehab games until Aug. 1.
Cashman says “the MRI is the MRI. It's fact. You can't change the results on an MRI,” then added Friday: “We're very comfortable with it, and if anybody wants to utilize the process in place with the union, go right ahead. It's not something we're afraid of.”
Fischer wary of releasing more Biogenesis names
The man who released documents allegedly showing how the now-shuttered Biogenesis clinic provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes says he is not disclosing more names because of how messy he thinks MLB's current investigation has gotten.
Porter Fischer said he considers baseball's investigation “a fiasco” and that it makes him “very, very wary” to approach other leagues.
Earlier this week, ESPN.com published a story saying Fischer alleged that NBA players, boxers, tennis players, college players and MMA fighters were among those who bought performance-enhancing drugs from his former associate Tony Bosch, who operated the clinic.
GM says Braves ‘willing to pay' for pitching help
Braves general manager Frank Wren says the “tightest market I've ever seen” could make it difficult for the team to trade for a starting pitcher to replace Tim Hudson.
Wren says the Braves have sufficient depth to withstand the loss of Hudson without a trade, but he also says he's “willing to pay” for a pitcher who could help them win the World Series.
M's place Zunino on DL
The surging Mariners have received a major blow as young catcher Mike Zunino has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand.
Zunino will undergo surgery next week and the expected recovery time is six weeks.
Twins All-Star C Mauer out this weekend
The Twins will be without All-Star catcher Joe Mauer until Tuesday.
Mauer, placed on the paternity list Wednesday after his wife gave birth to twin girls, will remain with his family through the weekend while the Twins face the Mariners in Seattle.
Phillies left-hander Lee to miss Saturday's start
Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee was scratched from Saturday night's start at Detroit because of a stiff neck.
Lee will be replaced by left-hander Raul Valdes, who has gone 1-0 with a 7.59 ERA in 11 relief appearances this year.