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MLB notebook: Morales headed back to Mariners

| Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:48 p.m.
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The Twins on Thursday, July 24, 2014, traded Kendrys Morales (17) to Mariners for minor league pitcher Stephen Pryor.

Kendrys Morales is on his way back to Seattle to try and give the Mariners' struggling offense a boost as they chase a playoff spot.

The Twins traded Morales to the Mariners on Thursday for minor league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales hit 23 home runs and drove in 80 runs for the Mariners last season but turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle to become a free agent.

Morales signed a pro-rated $12 million contract with the Twins on June 8. But he hit .234 with 11 doubles, one homer and 18 RBIs in 39 games with the Twins.

Capuano joins Yankees

The Yankees acquired left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies in their latest trade with a team from the NL West.

The Yankees announced after Thursday's 4-2 win over Texas that they had gotten the 35-year-old Capuano for cash.

He started the season with Boston and went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. The Red Sox released him July 1 and he signed with Colorado.

Johnson sent down

The Athletics designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with Baltimore, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.

Knoblauch charged

Former star Chuck Knoblauch is charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.

Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for Wednesday. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.

Knoblauch played for the Twins, Yankees and Royals during a 12-year career. He was set to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in August. The Twins decided to cancel the ceremony.

Rangers sign Williams

The pitching-poor Rangers signed right-hander Jerome Williams and plan to start him Friday against Oakland.

Williams, 32, was released by Houston earlier this month after going 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 14 relief appearances.

Phillies' Howard on move?

The Phillies are said by rival executives to be working hard to find a suitor for Ryan Howard, presumably in the American League.

Reports say the Phillies would be willing to eat much or most of the $70 million remaining on his deal.

Around the league

The Mets recalled infielder Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas a day after shortstop Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a pitch. The team also optioned outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Las Vegas. … The White Sox placed right-hander Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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