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Astros acquire INF Diaz from Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Aledmys Diaz, left, fields the ball as Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham (29) slides into third base on a sacrifice fly by Rays' C.J. Cron during fourth-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz from the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Trent Thornton.

The trade was announced by both teams Saturday.

The 28-year-old Diaz hit .263 with 26 doubles and a career-high 18 home runs in 130 games with the Blue Jays.

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Jansen to undergo heart surgery Nov. 26

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will undergo heart surgery Nov. 26 and expects to be fully recovered by spring training.

The All-Star has twice experienced an atrial fibrillation episode, otherwise known as an irregular heartbeat, while the Dodgers were in the high altitude of Colorado. It most recently occurred in August, when his heart had to be shocked back into a regular rhythm. He didn't travel with the team back to Colorado in September as a precaution.

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Red Sox re-sign World Series MVP Pearce

BOSTON (AP) World Series MVP Steve Pearce is staying with the Red Sox.

The journeyman first baseman agreed to a $6.25 million, one-year contract with Boston on Friday.

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O's name Astros' Elias executive VP, GM

BALTIMORE (AP) Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias was hired Friday to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors.

Elias will carry the title of executive vice president and general manager. He will "oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters," the Orioles said in a statement.

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Phillies promote Young to pitching coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have promoted Chris Young to pitching coach on manager Gabe Kapler's staff.

Young was the assistant pitching coach last season. He replaces Rick Kranitz, who will not return to the team in 2019.

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Betts, Yelich runaway MVP winners

NEW YORK (AP) Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston.

"I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I've kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread knowledge that the game is fun," he said Thursday after his runaway victory for the AL MVP award.

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Rangers hire Rangel as pitching coach

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Julio Rangel has been hired by the Texas Rangers as pitching coach for new manager Chris Woodward.

Rangel will be with a big league staff for the first time after 12 years as a pitching instructor and coordinator at the minor league level with the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians.

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Owners extend Manfred, TV deal with Fox

ATLANTA (AP) Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too.

Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait.

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MLB eases restrictions on spikes colors

WASHINGTON (AP) Peace in baseball is at hand - well, at feet.

Major League Baseball and the players' association ended a footwear flap Thursday, agreeing to loosen restrictions on the colors of spikes that may be used.

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