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Rockies acquire Ellis

The Colorado Rockies bolstered their infield by acquiring veteran second baseman Mark Ellis from Oakland on Thursday. The Rockies sent minor league right-hander Bruce Billings and a player to be named to the A’s for Ellis (pictured above) and cash. Ellis, who played for the Spokane Indians in 1999, wasn’t available for an afternoon game against the White Sox. “Slot him at second in the lineup and play him at second base,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said. “He’ll add some toughness to our club both mentally and physically.” A career .265 hitter, Ellis is batting just .217 this season. He went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury earlier this season and when he returned, rookie Jemile Weeks was Oakland’s new starter at second base. – AP