Major League Baseball roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - The San Francisco Giants acquired right-handed starting pitcher Jake Peavy on Saturday, sending pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree to the Boston Red Sox.
Peavy, 33, is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts this season. Boston acquired Peavy last July 30 from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that also involved the Detroit Tigers.
The Giants need a starting pitcher with right-hander Matt Cain on the disabled list with an elbow injury.
Escobar and Hembree were pitching with the Giants' Triple A affiliate in Fresno. Escobar, 22, is a left-handed starter Hembree, 25, is a right-handed reliever.
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The St. Louis Cardinals signed free agent veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a contract on Saturday.
Pierzynski was in the Cardinals' lineup against the Chicago Cubs batting sixth and starting behind the plate.
Pierzynski, 37, is with his sixth team in 17 seasons. He was released by the Boston Red Sox 10 days ago. He batted .254 with four home runs in 72 games with the Red Sox.
The Cardinals are in need of a catcher with All-Star Yadier Molina expected to miss eight to 12 weeks with a torn ligament in his right thumb. Continued...