In a swap of outfielders, the Boston Red Sox traded Mark Kotsay and cash to the Chicago White Sox for Brian Anderson on Tuesday.
Boston is second in the A.L. East, and designated Kotsay for assignment last week. The White Sox are second in the A.L. Central and sent Anderson to Triple-A last week.
Kotsay hit .257 with one home run and five RBIs in 27 games for the Red Sox this year. He started out the season on the disabled list while recovering from back surgery.
Anderson was hitting .238 with two homers and 13 RBIs when the White Sox sent him down to Triple-A Charlotte.
Tribe lobbies for pioneer
Leaders of Maine’s Penobscot Indian Nation say it’s time for a pioneering baseball player from their tribe to be properly recognized for his contributions.
The leaders, who gathered with other tribal members at the grave of Louis Sockalexis, also reiterated their request to the Cleveland Indians to stop using the caricature of a grinning Chief Wahoo.
Sockalexis played for the Cleveland Spiders from 1897-1899 and batted .338 his first season.
Clearing the bases
San Francisco’s Randy Johnson has a torn rotator cuff and the career 303-game winner won’t be able to throw for at least three weeks. … Jim Rice waited 15 years for his induction into the baseball Hall of Fame and only two days to have his number retired by the Boston Red Sox. Rice’s No. 14 went up on the facade at Fenway Park in a pregame ceremony before Boston’s game against Oakland. … New York Yankees starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder today. … New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said he stands by Omar Minaya, but acknowledges the general manager made a mistake by questioning the motives of a reporter during a bizarre news conference Monday. The news conference to announce the firing of team executive Tony Bernazard took a strange twist when Minaya said a reporter for the New York Daily News who’d written stories critical of Bernazard had “lobbied” him for a job with the Mets. … Former California Angels relief pitcher Luis Quintana died in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sheriff’s officials said Quintana, 57, died of natural causes. He was found in his car Monday after it crashed.
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