MLB notes: Cubs trade Matt Garza to Rangers

Starting pitcher Matt Garza throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, June...

Starting pitcher Matt Garza throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, June 24, 2012. (DARRYL WEBB/Reuters)

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Chicago Cubs righty Matt Garza is finally on his way out of Wrigley Field.

According to FoxSports.com, the 29-year-old has been sent to the Texas Rangers in exchange for righty Justin Grimm, triple-A third baseman Mike Olt, single-A pitcher C.J. Edwards and a player to be named later.

In Garza, the Rangers received a 6-1 starter with a 3.17 ERA.

Through 71 innings pitched this season, Garza has collected 62 strikeouts.

AARON BURGLARIZED

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron is out a pair of BMWs after his southwest Atlanta home was burglarized, police told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The burglars, who reportedly stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry as well, struck last week when the 79-year-old and his wife were away.

After missing a call from his alarm company, Aaron reportedly asked a neighbour to investigate, at which time the neighbour discovered a broken window and called police.

“On the side of the residence, the electrical panels were on the ground and the wires were cut inside the box,” a police report stated. “The generator was on due to the electrical wires being cut. The wires were cut from a panel located in the rear of the residence as well.”

Investigators said three closets in Aaron's master bedroom were ransacked, where the perpetrators found jewelry and the keys to the BMWs, according to the Constitution.

Police later found one of the vehicles a short distance from the home and were able to lift fingerprints. Cops also said they anticipate an arrest.

SABATHIA SUCKS

New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia sucks.

Just ask him.

“I suck,” Sabathia told the New York Daily News following a loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The former Cy Young Award winner surrendered seven runs on nine hits over five innings Sunday night.

“I wish I had an excuse or something.” Sabathia added, “It sucks. It’s embarrassing. But you have to try to work through it, figure something out and start trying to help this team instead of hurting it.”

In his worst statistical season since 2008, the 33-year-old Sabathia is 9-8 with a 4.37 ERA, the second highest in his 13-year career.

“We didn’t struggle,” Sabathia said of the Yankees scoring seven times in the 8-7 extra-inning loss. “We scored seven runs and not being able to win that game is unacceptable.”

His manager was a bit more forgiving.

“He’s got to straighten it out, that’s the bottom line,” Joe Girardi said. “He’ll continue to work at it.”

NATS FIRE COACH

The Washington Nationals on Monday announced a change to their coaching staff.

No, manager Davey Johnson isn’t being replaced.

Instead, the Nats did what any struggling ball club might do – fire their hitting coach.

Last year’s National League East winners announced they’ve parted ways with batting coach Rick Eckstein and have replaced him with minor-league hitting instructor Rick Schu.

Maybe more amusing is the fact the topic was addressed in Mid-June.

“If you want to fire the hitting coach, you might as well fire me right with him,” Johnson told theWashington Post.

The Nationals (48-50) are currently ranked 29th in the league in scoring at just 3.69 runs per game this season. They also sport the 27th ranked batting average.

“It’s not about how hard I work or how good a person I am. It’s about production,” Eckstein said. “I blame only myself.”

BRIEFLY

The diagnosis was good for Boston Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz on Monday. Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews reportedly chalked up the 28-year-old’s neck issues to a simple case of inflammation, according to the Boston Globe … The Chicago White Sox announced they’ve activated first baseman Paul Konerko from the 15-day disabled list Monday. White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham will miss time after re-injuring his surgically-repaired wrist, according to CSN Chicago. The 26-year-old doesn’t expect to miss more than a few games … Cincinnati Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwich is set to begin a minor-league rehab stint with the club’s single-A affiliate, according to MLB.com. The 35-year-old has been on the DL since separating his shoulder on opening day … A day after his return from the DL, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is back out of the lineup due to an ankle sprain … The Atlanta Braves announced they’ve placed left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm on the 15-day DL with a wrist contusion.


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