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Troy Tulowitzki traded to AL East team in blockbuster deal

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Troy Tulowitzki traded to AL East team in blockbuster deal

By PAT GRAHAM

DENVER (AP) -- After all that speculation the past couple of years, the Colorado Rockies finally traded Troy Tulowitzki.

Surprising spot, too -- north of the border to a team loaded with bats.

Tulowitzki was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects late Monday night in a stunning swap of star shortstops, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

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 rookie reliever Miguel Castro and two minor league pitchers in a blockbuster transaction -- the biggest yet in the days leading up to Friday's trade deadline.

FoxSports.com first reported the sides agreed to a swap involving Tulowitzki, Reyes and minor leaguers.

The talented but oft-injured Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star who is hitting .300 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 87 games this season. He helped the Rockies reach the World Series as a rookie in 2007.

Tulowitzki 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.

The deal gives Toronto (50-50) another powerful, right-handed bat in a dangerous lineup that includes Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin. The Blue Jays, by far the highest-scoring team in the majors, sit three games behind Minnesota in the race for the second AL wild card.

They are tied for second place in the AL East, seven games back of the New York Yankees. Toronto has not reached the playoffs since winning the 1993 World Series -- the longest drought of any major league team.

Donaldson bid farewell to Reyes on his Twitter account: "Going to miss my boy. ... Once a brother always a brother."

Reyes is batting .285 with four homers, 34 RBIs and 16 steals in 69 games. He was acquired by Toronto in a November 2012 trade with Miami.

The face of Colorado's franchise, the 30-year-old Tulowitzki has spent his entire career with the Rockies (42-55) but has been the subject of trade talk for some time. Still, the Blue Jays seemed an unlikely destination.

"Tremendous player," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said in San Francisco. "Sometimes you're surprised when you have a guy like Tulo who's so iconic in Colorado."

Before the 2011 season, Colorado made a big commitment to Tulowitzki by agreeing to a contract that guaranteed him $132 million over seven seasons from 2014-20. The deal included a $14 million team option for 2021 with a $4 million buyout.

Combined with his previous deal, it meant the Rockies agreed to pay Tulowitzki $157.75 million over 10 years. The plan was to build around him and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who signed an $80 million, seven-year contract around the same time.

With the Tulowitzki trade, Gonzalez might be next -- especially considering how hot he's been at the plate lately after an injury-riddled 2014 season.

The speedy Reyes is signed through 2017 on a $106 million, six-year contract he received from Miami.

A four-time All-Star with the New York Mets, Reyes also has struggled with injuries throughout his career.

Hawkins is 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 24 games and is headed to his 11th major league team.

There's no doubting the hitting prowess of the 6-foot-3 Tulowitzki. Staying healthy has been his biggest challenge. During his career, he's had stints on the disabled list for a quadriceps tendon tear, lacerated right hand, broken left wrist and a groin injury.

Last season, Tulowitzki played only 91 games before undergoing hip surgery.

This year, he's been injury-free, with Weiss resting him on occasion to save wear and tear. Tulowitzki was out of the lineup Sunday, which would've been his last appearance at Coors Field in a Rockies uniform.

Asked about Friday's non-waiver trade deadline before leaving town, Tulowitzki responded: "I don't worry about it. I've been through it multiple times. My job is to play for the Rockies. I signed up to play here for a long time. Until they tell me differently, which they haven't, I plan on being here."

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AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco, and AP Sports Writer Jay Cohen and freelance writer Brian Sandalow in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

The Orioles lost their series opener in Cleveland 14-7 Thursday night. Here's the latest O's and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Trey Mancini launched a three-run home run in the third inning of Thursday's loss, his ninth homer on the year. Rio Ruiz chipped in with a two-run shot of his own, while Stevie Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. 

Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief of Dan Straily, who also gave up four runs. 

The Orioles activated relief pitcher Richard Bleier from the 10-day injured list Thursday. Bleier had been sidelined for almost five weeks with left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster.

INDIANS:

Jason Kipnis had a monster night at the plate Thursday, hitting two homers and driving in six runs. Carlos Santana also did major damage, collecting three RBI. 

Trevor Bauer allowed seven runs in five innings of work Thursday night, while the Indians bullpen polished off the win with four scoreless innings. A.J. Cole earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief of Bauer.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Sunday 5/19: Orioles @ Indians, 1:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

After two straight nights of rainouts, the Orioles finally got to play the Yankees in a doubleheader Wednesday. The O's dropped both games, losing Game 1 5-3 then falling to New York 3-1 in the nightcap. 

Baltimore now heads to Cleveland for a four-game series against the Indians. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Yankees, and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

David Hess allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings of work in Game 1. The Yankees collected six hits against Hess, four of them leaving the ballpark. 

Speaking of the long ball, Trey Mancini smacked his eighth homer of the season in the Game 1 loss, a first inning solo shot off of J.A. Happ. 

Andrew Cashner pitched well in the nightcap, going six innings and allowing just two runs, but was hung with the loss as the Baltimore offense could only muster one run. 

The Orioles returned RHP Evan Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk after Wednesday's action. Phillips joined Baltimore in New York to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

YANKEES:

J.A. Happ collected his third win of the season in Game 1 Wednesday after pitching 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 10th save, getting his 11th just a few hours later in the nightcap. 

The Yankees hit four home runs in Game 1, SS Gleyber Torres launching two of them while C Gary Sanchez added to his team-leading tally with his 12th home run of the year. Torres hit yet another tater in the nightcap, a fourth inning solo shot.

Domingo German was dominant in Game 2, going seven strong and striking out eight Orioles while allowing just one run. German is now 8-1 on the season. 

Luke Voit went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in Wednesday night's win. 

3B Miguel Andujar elected to undergo surgery on his torn right labrum, ending his 2019 season. 

INDIANS:

Cleveland had Wednesday off as they get set to host the O's this weekend. They'll be coming off a 9-0 win over the White Sox Tuesday in which Cleveland hit five homers, two of them coming off the bat of RF Jordan Luplow

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/16: Orioles @ Indians, 6:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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