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MLB notebook: Angels ace Richards to miss 6-9 months with knee injury

| Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 7:36 p.m.

The Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoffs run.

One of the AL West leader's top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It's a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

General manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday “we'll be open” about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.

Richards crumbled to the ground covering first base on a potential 3-6-1 double play against Boston. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and was flown to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, where he had an MRI.

Richards will have surgery next week and the rehabilitation time should be six to nine months.

The Angels selected the contract of left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who pitched briefly for the Yankees earlier this season, from Triple-A Salt Lake.

White Sox deal 2B Beckham

The Angels acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham in a trade with the White Sox.

Beckham has struggled offensively this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major league experience.

The White Sox, who selected Beckham with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft, will receive a player to be named or cash.

Pujols, Puig on All-Star squad in Japan

Seattle's Robinson Cano and the Angels' Albert Pujols will be among the players going to Japan in November for a five-game series against Japan's national team.

Baltimore's Adam Jones and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig also will play in the Nov. 11-20 series. The rest of the MLB roster will be named at a later date.

Reds demote EF grad Hoover

The Reds revamped their struggling bullpen, sending right-handers J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville.

Hoover, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, was 1-10 with a 5.27 ERA this season.

Judge drops rape charge vs. ex-Tiger

A judge dismissed rape charges against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying a woman's testimony wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.

The judge ruled after a 45-year-old woman testified that Reed sexually assaulted her at a downtown casino hotel after they met at a suburban bar.

Around the league

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain and put shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list. ... The Yankees called up infielder-outfielder Zelous Wheeler from the minors and sent right-hander Chase Whitely to Triple-A.

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