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Phillies acquire Lee to bolster their rotation

TBO.com The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:23 AM

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PHILADELPHIA -

Looking for an ace to bolster their so-so rotation, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Cliff Lee from the Indians, who traded the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner for the second straight season.

The defending World Series champion Phillies are sending Cleveland four minor-league prospects for Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco, a baseball official familiar with the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The deal is pending medical reviews. Those reviews could take a while because three of the players the Indians are getting from Philadelphia have dealt with recent injuries. The NL East-leading Phillies are sending Triple-A pitcher Carlos Carrasco, infielder Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson along with Single-A pitcher Jason Knapp to Cleveland.

Lee turns 31 next month and his contract includes an $8 million club option for next season.

"I'm going to miss all these guys here, but it's an opportunity for me to help a team that's in first place," Lee said. "They're the defending world champions. So as far as that goes, I'm excited."

ASTROS: Ace Roy Oswalt has received an injection to treat an irritated disk in his lower back and could have his next start pushed back.

GIANTS: Acquired infielder Freddy Sanchez from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and made it a convenient switch for the three-time All-Star.

The teams announced the trade right after San Francisco beat Pittsburgh 1-0 in 10 innings. Sanchez merely had to change clubhouses to join his new team, which is in the thick of the NL wild-card race.

MARINERS: Acquired shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell from the Pittsburgh Pirates for shortstop Ronny Cedeno, Triple-A catcher Jeff Clement and three minor-league pitchers.

The 31-year-old Wilson, an All-Star in 2004, becomes Seattle's third everyday shortstop this season.

Seattle also acquired right-handed pitcher Robert Manuel from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for outfielder Wladimir Balentien.

ORIOLES: Left-hander Rich Hill was placed on the 15-day disabled list, labeling his injury as "shoulder inflammation." The pitcher contends he's had a torn labrum since the beginning of the season.

TWINS: Left-hander Francisco Liriano was scratched from Wednesday's start with soreness and swelling in his left forearm.

YANKEES: Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang has had season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder.

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