MLB notebook: Former Giants closer Wilson joins Dodgers
By The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
The Beard is back in baseball.
The Dodgers signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract.
He hasn't pitched in the major leagues since April 12, 2012, the same month he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Wilson was one of the majors' top relievers from 2008-11 with the Giants. He was a three-time All-Star and led the big leagues with 163 saves in 186 chances.
He was a key reliever during the Giants' run to the 2010 World Series championship, striking out 16 in 112⁄3 scoreless innings in the postseason.
Wilson is 20-20 with 171 saves in 315 career games with the Giants. The 31-year-old pitcher has limited opposing hitters to a .238 batting average during his career with 340 strikeouts in 320 innings.
Report: Peavy to BoSox
CBSsports.com reported that the White Sox traded right-hander Jake Peavy to the Red Sox. Chicago will receive a multiplayer package in return, with rookie infielder Jose Iglesias the centerpiece of the deal.
Peavy was supposed to start Tuesday's game but the White Sox scratched him amid trade rumblings and recalled rookie Andre Rienzo, who made his major league debut.
Peavy, 32, is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 80 innings this season. He's a three-time All-Star and won the 2007 NL Cy Young award.
Astros scratch Norris
Astros pitcher Bud Norris was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night amid speculation he could be traded before the non-waiver deadline.
Lucas Harrell replaced Norris as Houston's starting pitcher against the Orioles.
Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts with Houston. His six wins are tops on the club, and his $3 million salary is the highest on the rebuilding Astros, a major league-worst 35-69 at the start of the day.
Farrell: Expand replay
Boston manager John Farrell is certainly on board with expanding the use of replays in baseball after an admitted blown call cost the Red Sox the potential tying run in a loss a night earlier.
Speaking to reporters at Fenway Park on Tuesday night about three hours before Boston opened a three-game series against Seattle, Farrell said he believes that with better technology baseball can get more “out or safe” calls correct.
Trailing by a run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday, pinch runner Daniel Nava was called out by home plate umpire Jerry Meals attempting to score on a fly ball. After watching the replay, Meals later admitted that he was “wrong on my decision.”
Berkman faces decision
Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman expects to know soon whether he will play again or retire.
The 37-year-old Berkman has been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation and missed his 20th game Tuesday night. There are also his surgically repaired knees.
After a strong start to the season, the switch-hitting Berkman was hitting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 68 games when he went on the DL.
Braves outfielder on DL
The Braves placed reserve outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with left heel tendinitis. Johnson leads major league pinch hitters with a .355 batting average and a .444 on-base percentage.
Cardinals trade reliever
The Indians acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski from St. Louis, adding an experienced veteran to a bullpen that has struggled all season to retire lefties. Indians' left-handers have a 6.47 ERA. The Indians sent minor league infielder Juan Herrera to the Cardinals.
Phillies call up prospect
The Phillies called up third baseman Cody Asche.
Asche, one of the team's top prospects, was hitting .295 with 15 homers and 68 RBI in 104 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
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