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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

The New York Yankees Wednesday announced that they have acquired infielder Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

Wilson, 29, led the Seattle Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship, defeating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. At age 25, Wilson became the third-youngest quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

He has played the past six seasons (2012-17) with Seattle. A four-time Pro-Bowler, Wilson has completed 1,815-of-2,834 pass attempts (64.0 percent) for 22,176 yards and 161 touchdowns. He has compiled a career starting record of 65-30-1. In 2017, Wilson led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes.

"We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. "This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession. 

"After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."

The Richmond, Va., native was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and was acquired by Texas in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. In 2014 and '15, Wilson participated in team workouts at Rangers spring training camp.

In 93 career minor league games between Rookie-level Tri-City (2010) and Single-A Asheville (2011) in Colorado's system, Wilson hit .229/.354/.356 (72-for-315) with 58R, 9 doubles, 8 triples, 5HR, 26RBI and 19SB. In his last 15 games with Asheville in 2011, Wilson hit .302 (16-for-53) with 13R, 5 extra-base hits, 9RBI and 5SB.

A two-sport athlete in college, Wilson graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010. Using his last year of amateur eligibility, Wilson enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and quarterbacked the Badgers to a co-Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance following the 2011 season. 

Wilson is expected to be in Major League camp in March. While he is in Tampa, Wilson will participate in pregame workouts with the club and watch games from the Yankees' dugout.

He will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster.

Yankees media services

A's notes: Fernando Rodney off to a strong start with his 10th team

A's notes: Fernando Rodney off to a strong start with his 10th team

OAKLAND — Fernando Rodney pitched around a single and hit batter in the ninth inning to put up yet another zero. Since joining the A's, Rodney has pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. Overall, he has not allowed an earned run in his last nine innings. Jeurys Familia also had a nice bounce-back performance, pitching two scoreless innings, after allowing five earned runs in his previous two outings.

--- Wednesday marked the fourth A's game of the season that was scoreless through nine innings. The last time that happened was in 1968. The A's have also been involved in four of the seven games that were scoreless through 11 innings this season, going 2-2.

--- The A's fell to 10-5 in extra inning games, while the Mariners improved to 11-1. Seattle's 11 extra inning wins are the most in MLB.

--- Oakland was shut out for the first time since June 9, a 2-0 loss to Kansas City.

--- Despite the loss, the A's have won 17 of its last 21 home games. For the season, Oakland is 35-24 at the Coliseum.

--- Jed Lowrie leads all Major League second basemen with a .995 fielding percentage. He has only committed two errors all season.

--- Brett Anderson pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings for the first time since 2015, as a member of the Dodgers.

Brett Anderson addresses the keys to his stellar August after long outing vs Mariners

Brett Anderson addresses the keys to his stellar August after long outing vs Mariners

OAKLAND — Brett Anderson did everything but get the win Wednesday afternoon. The A's veteran left-hander turned in his best performance of the season, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and no walks. Unfortunately, Oakland's bats couldn't provide any run support, as the Mariners snapped the A's four-game win streak, 2-0 in 12 innings.

“He was great,” said catcher Jonathan Lucroy. “We were mixing, throwing strikes, working ahead. The changeup was big today. He just threw really well. I wish we could have scored runs for him. He deserved it.”

Anderson mowed the Mariners down inning after inning, recording 16 ground ball outs, compared to just five fly balls. He threw first pitch strikes to 21 of the 27 batters he faced.

“Just mixing pitches and staying down in the zone,” Anderson said. “Being aggressive and trying to keep the ball off the barrel, and for the most part I was able to do that today.”

“You saw a lot of balls on the ground, and a lot of weak contact,” added A's manager Bob Melvin. “To expect him to get us that deep in the game was probably a stretch, but he just kept performing well, to the point where he deserved to go back out.”

Wednesday's outing continued an impressive August for Anderson. In three starts, he has allowed just two runs in 19 2/3 innings, for an ERA of 0.92.

“His changeup has been a big pitch for him,” Melvin said. “He's not trying to get strikeouts, not spinning the ball as much. It's more good sinker, good changeup, and using his breaking ball when he has to. It's the weak contact. He's not going to be a strikeout guy anymore. It's going to be weak contact, and that's what he was getting today.”

“You want to be a guy who continues to go out there and give your team a chance to win,” Anderson added. “I don't get a lot of strikeouts, but I'll take the efficiency, and pitching into the eighth inning is always good.”

As a whole, the A's starting rotation has been spectacular recently. In their last 14 games, Oakland's starters have gone 8-1 with a 1.84 ERA.

“That's when teams are going their best,” Anderson said. “You want to match or do better than the next guy. We all push each other. It's fun when we're going well like this.”