Seattle trades ace lefty Cliff Lee to Texas

July 10, 2010


— Cliff Lee is headed to Texas.

The Seattle Mariners sent the ace left-hander and reliever Mark Lowe to the AL West-leading Rangers on Friday for first baseman Justin Smoak and three minor leaguers.

It was the third trade in less than a year for Lee, who can become a free agent after this season. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner went 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 13 starts for the Mariners, who acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies in December.

Smoak is one of the top prospects in the majors, but the switch hitter batted only .209 in 70 games for the Rangers this season. Also coming from Texas is right-handers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke, and infielder Matt Lawson.


White Sox’s Peavy out for season

Chicago — Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy is done for the season.

The right-hander said Friday he will have surgery on a detached right shoulder muscle next Wednesday and hopes to be throwing again by spring training early next year. He says his career isn’t in jeopardy, but doctors recommended the procedure.

Jenkins retires a Brewer

Milwaukee — Geoff Jenkins, who finished his career No. 2 in home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers, signed a contract valued at a dollar and officially retired with the team Friday.


Wall sits out with groin injury

Washington — One practice, one injury for No. 1 draft choice John Wall.

The Washington Wizards rookie point guard was held out of practice Friday morning with a groin injury from Thursday night’s session, but returned for Friday’s night session.

“He’s got a little bit of tightness in his groin,” coach Flip Saunders said. “He kind of slipped on the court and kind of stretched out a little bit in the scrimmage last night so ... we didn’t want to take any chances. We’ll see if he loosens up.”

Warriors acquire Lee

New York — The Golden State Warriors have landed the marquee player they sought this offseason, acquiring All-Star forward David Lee from the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal.

Both teams announced the swap Friday, a trade that sends forwards Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf to the Knicks. New York also receives a 2012 second-round draft pick.

Lee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Lee will get a six-year, $80 million contract.

Suns get Warrick

Phoenix — The Suns have completed sign-and-trade deals that will send Amar’e Stoudemire to the New York Knicks and bring Hakim Warrick to Phoenix.

Stoudemire agreed to a free-agent contract of five years and about $100 million with the Knicks last week. He was signed by Phoenix, then sent to New York, giving the Suns a trade exception that was used to sign Warrick in another sign-and-trade deal with Chicago.

The Bulls receive Phoenix’s second-round draft pick in 2011 after Warrick signed a four-year, $18 million deal and was sent to the Suns.

Bobcats, F Thomas agree

Charlotte, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats made a long-term commitment to forward Tyrus Thomas on Friday, coming to terms on a five-year, $40 million contract with the restricted free agent.

Source: Korver to Bulls

Deerfield, Ill. — A person familiar with the situation says Kyle Korver is following Carlos Boozer from Utah to Chicago after agreeing to sign with the Bulls.

The person spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the contract was not finalized and was not sure of the terms.

Report: Felton to Knicks

Amar’e Stoudemire asked for a point guard and the Knicks are close to delivering the hottest one on the free agent market, reportedly agreeing in principle Friday to a multi-year deal with the Charlotte Bobcats’ Raymond Felton, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Report: Fisher to meet with Heat

Los Angeles — Derek Fisher and the Lakers have reached an impasse in contract negotiations, and the free-agent guard has flown to Miami to meet with Heat President Pat Riley today to see whether a deal can be reached to Fisher’s liking, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Mavs re-sign C Haywood

Dallas — The Dallas Mavericks have announced the re-signing of center Brendan Haywood.

The club did not reveal the terms in Friday’s announcement. But a person with knowledge of negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday that Haywood had agreed to a six-year deal worth up to $55 million.

U17 U.S. team beats Australia

Hamburg, Germany — Brad Beal of St. Louis scored 25 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead the United States to a 105-70 victory over Australia on Friday night and a berth in the semifinals of FIBA’s U17 World Championships.

Auto racing

Busch wins Nationwide race

Joliet, Ill. — Kyle Busch pounced on Joey Logano on a restart in overtime, then pulled away to win the Nationwide series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night.

It was Busch’s 37th victory in NASCAR’s second-tier series, moving him into sole possession of second place in the series’ career wins list. Only Mark Martin has more, with 48.

Toyotas swept the top five spots as Logano finished second, followed by Brian Scott, David Reutimann and Jason Leffler.

McMurray wins pole

Joliet, Ill. — Jamie McMurray won the pole position for tonight’s race at Chicagoland Speedway, turning a lap of 183.542 mph in his Chevrolet on Friday. McMurray was followed in qualifying by the Chevrolets of Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.


Rain interrupts U.S. Women’s Open

Oakmont, Pa. — Heavy rain that began with 100 of the 156 golfers still to begin or complete the second round caused play to be suspended Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Play is scheduled to resume at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at Oakmont Country Club, with the third round to begin with threesomes teeing off at 1:30 p.m.

Sophie Gustafson was the leader on the course at even par when play was halted, but she had completed only one hole of the second round.

Stricker leads by stroke

Silvis, Ill. — Defending champion Steve Stricker broke the 36-hole record at the John Deere Classic with a two-round total of 126, which is 16 under at TPC Deere Run. Stricker shot a 5-under 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Paul Goydos into the third round.

Clarke has four-shot lead

Luss, Scotland — Darren Clarke was nearly flawless in miserable conditions in the Scottish Open, opening a four-shot lead on a dreary Friday at Loch Lomond.

College football

Tennessee players in bar brawl

Knoxville, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley dismissed rising sophomore Darren Myles Jr. and indefinitely suspended sophomores Greg King and Marlon Walls after a brawl early Friday at a bar where at least a half-dozen other Volunteers players were present.


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