Here’s a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Tuesday, July 28.
A person knowledgable about the situation has revealed that Troy Tulowitzski has been traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects in a stunning swap of star shortstops.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Tuesday because the deal had not yet been announced.
In addition to Tulowitzki, the Rockies sent 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays.
Along with Reyes, the Rockies picked up reliever Miguel Castro and two minor league pitchers.
Neither team had confirmed the blockbuster deal. FoxSports.com first reported the sides had agreed to a trade involving Tulowitzki, Reyes and minor leaguers.
The talented but often injured Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star who is hitting .300 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 87 games this season.
He was replaced on defense in the bottom of the ninth inning during Colorado’s 9-8 loss to the Cubs in Chicago on Monday night. After the game, the slugger spent at least 30 minutes in manager Walt Weiss’ office at Wrigley Field, but was unavailable to reporters.
METS GET CLIPPARD, ANGELS PICK UP VICTORINO
The New York Mets and Los Angeles Angels have added veterans in an effort to bolster their postseason chances.
The Mets have acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics. Clippard has gone 1-3 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 38 2/3 innings since being acquired by the A’s from Washington last winter.
The Mets also receive $1 million from the Athletics and send minor league hurler Casey Meisner to Oakland.
The Angels have snared veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and cash from the Boston Red Sox for infielder Josh Rutledge.
Victorino helped the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, but he’s hitting just .245 while playing 33 games this season, missing time due to two stints on the disabled list. The 34-year-old Victorino is a lifetime .276 with 108 homers and 229 stolen bases since reaching the majors in 2003.
Boston will pay the Angels just over $3.8 million as part of the trade.
Elsewhere in the majors:
ROYALS HAMMER INDIANS, CARDS KNOCK OFF REDS
It was another winning night for Missouri’s Major League Baseball teams as Kansas City and St. Louis both expanded their respective division leads.
The Royals are an American League-best 60-38 after Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a four RBIs and three runs scored in a 9-4 rout of Cleveland. Hosmer put Kansas City ahead to stay with a three-run homer in the top of the first, one inning before Omar Infante hit his first round-tripper of the season.
Kendrys Morales added a two-run double and an RBI single in the Royals’ third straight win.
Edinson Volquez improved to 10-5 with help from Joe Blanton, who picked up a three-inning save.
The outcome puts the AL Central Division-leading Royals eight games ahead of Minnesota.
The Cardinals were 4-1 winners over Cincinnati as Kolten Wong launched a grand slam in the fourth inning. Lance Lynn improved to 8-5 by winning for the fifth time in his last six decisions, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. Lynn and the Cardinals’ bullpen blanked the Reds following Jay Bruce’s sacrifice fly in the third.
Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 31st save as the Redbirds stretched their lead in the NL Central to 6 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.
In other major league finals:
CUETO TO START FRIDAY
Newly acquired Royals ace Johnny Cueto will make his debut for Kansas City on Friday in Toronto.
Cueto was picked up in Sunday’s trade with Cincinnati for three left-handed pitching prospects. Cueto is still getting personal business in order and plans to join the AL’s best team on Tuesday.
The Royals felt they needed a proven top-of-the-rotation starter to solidify their staff and dealt for Cueto, who is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this season. He was a 20-game winner last season.
NBA FINALISTS MAKE SEPARATE DEALS
The NBA-champion Golden State Warriors have completed a trade that sends two-time All-Star forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb.
The teams agreed to the trade July 7, but Boston needed time to sort out other moves in free agency before completing the swap.
Lee was an All-Star in 2010 with New York and 2013 with Golden State.
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DEALS INVOLVING RANGERS, PREDATORS
The New York Rangers have avoided arbitration with center Derek Stepan by signing him to a six-year contract. Reports say the package is worth $39 million.
The 25-year-old Stepan had 16 goals and 55 points in 68 games as the Rangers posted the NHL’s best regular-season record. He also had five goals and 12 points in 19 postseason games, tallying the series-winning goal in overtime against Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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