Touch 'Em All: Astro balks at trade to L.A.

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Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee pauses during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, June 30, 2012. The Cubs won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Dodgers are trying desperately to enhance a nearly invisible offense and have targeted Houston first baseman Carlos Lee.

According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, the teams agreed on a trade Friday night and Houston GM Jeff Luhnow asked Lee to waive his no-trade clause Saturday.

He had not done so by Saturday night and the deal that would send a minor leaguer to the Astros was on hold.

The Dodgers were held scoreless Friday night for the fourth time in five games and for the sixth time in June. Without Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, the club entered Saturday batting .216 with six home runs - both worst in the National League - since June 1.

According to Stark, the player Houston is most likely to receive is righthanded pitching prospect Garrett Gould, who abruptly was scratched from his scheduled start Friday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

 

No respect

Pittsburgh's offense must really stink. The Pirates put up 11 runs on the Phillies on Wednesday and heads rolled as two relievers were sent to the minors. The Buccos scored seven runs in four innings against four Cardinals relievers Friday night and more heads rolled.

The Cards sent righthander Eduardo Sanchez and lefthander Sam Freeman to triple-A Memphis, and brought up rookie lefty Barret Browning and righthander Maikel Cleto.

So after the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 7-3, on Saturday, the only question is, who's next?

 

Around the bigs

Jorge Soler signed a nine-year, $30 million deal with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and the 20-year-old Cuban outfielder was sent to the team's minor-league facility in Mesa, Ariz.,

The Orioles honored Earl Weaver by unveiling a 7-foot statue of the Hall of Fame manager during a ceremony at Camden Yards.

White Sox righthander Jake Peavy said he would match the $52,000 already raised for pancreatic cancer research in memory of his friend, Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds. The former major-leaguer died last Sunday at age 50.

The Angels' Mike Trout, who entered Saturday leading the AL with a .342 average, was held hitless for the first time in 12 games, dropping his average to .336.

Carlos Beltran's 400th career double Saturday gave the Cardinals' outfielder at least one RBI in an MLB-best eight consecutive games, according to Stats LLC.

 


Contact Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.