Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Twins trade 1B Kendrys Morales to Mariners

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

The Minnesota Twins traded the first baseman and designated hitter 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 he turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle to become a free agent.

Morales sat out the first two months of the season while searching for a new deal, signing a pro-rated $12 million contract with the Twins on June 8. He hit .234 with 11 doubles, one homer, and 18 RBIs in 39 games with the Twins.

Yankees get Capuano

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New York acquired left-hander Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash, the team announced.

Capuano, 35, 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. He made four starts in triple A and double A for the Rockies.

Capuano has pitched with Arizona, Milwaukee, the Mets, the Dodgers, and Boston in 10 seasons. He was an NL all-star in 2006.

A's drop Johnson

The Oakland Athletics designated righthander Jim Johnson for assignment. Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.

Induction canceled

Chuck Knoblauch was charged with assaulting his ex-wife, prompting the Minnesota Twins to cancel his induction into the team's Hall of Fame on Aug. 23. Knoblauch was the 1991 American League rookie of the year with the Twins.

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