Baseball notebook: D-backs trade Kennedy

It's the second time Padres GM Byrnes acquired the pitcher
2013-08-01T00:00:00Z Baseball notebook: D-backs trade KennedyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SAN DIEGO - Struggling right-hander Ian Kennedy will get a chance for a fresh start with the Padres, thanks to a general manager who is familiar with his work.

The Padres acquired Kennedy from the Diamondbacks just before Wednesday's trade deadline for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, a minor-leaguer and a draft pick.

Kennedy, 21-4 two seasons ago, is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts and hasn't won a game in two months.

He is expected to start Sunday at Petco Park against the Yankees, the team that took him in the first round of the June 2006 draft.

"He's the first guy I have ever traded for twice," said Padres general manager Josh Byrnes, who was in the same job with Arizona when he obtained Kennedy in a three-way deal with the Yankees and the Tigers on Dec. 8, 2009. "In Arizona he won a lot of games and pitched a lot of innings."

Some other trades made before Wednesday's deadline:

• The Orioles acquired Bud Norris to keep pace with the Red Sox.

Boston put the pressure on Baltimore by picking up 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy from the White Sox less than 24 hours earlier.

In his fifth big-league season, Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts this year. He has a lifetime record of 34-46 and is under team control through 2015.

• The Dodgers picked up backup catcher Drew Butera from Minnesota and sent him to the minors.

• Seattle traded minor-league infielder Robert Andino to the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.

Inside pitch

• Bucky Dent tormented the Red Sox in the 1970s. Now his son is doing it, too.

The Class A Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League, a Red Sox affiliate, were two outs away from their first perfect game when Auburn Doubledays shortstop Cody Dent ruined it Wednesday night with a bloop single.

• Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left Wednesday night's game against the Braves after aggravating his sprained right middle finger.

The injury affects Gonzalez's ability to grip the bat. He lost the bat on his follow-through while striking out to end the first inning. The bat hit catcher Brian McCann's shoulder. Gonzalez shook his hand in obvious pain as McCann slumped forward for a few seconds before walking to the dugout. McCann remained in the game.

• Rays pitcher Matt Moore was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sore left elbow.

Moore, 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA, will miss one or two starts. The Rays are calling the move precautionary.

• Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's sprained right knee needs rest, but not surgery.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that Molina is dealing with inflammation in the knee but called the results of an MRI encouraging. Still, the Cardinals placed Molina on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

• Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes made an unassisted double play in the top of the 15th inning of Wednesday's 15-inning walk-off victory over Seattle.

Gomes caught a fly ball while running in and continued running to second base where he doubled up Raul Ibañez for the final out.

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