BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

Braves send Tex message


The Braves did not play Monday, but they did make big headlines, striking a deal with the Rangers to acquire first baseman Mark Teixeira. Other NL East teams made deals (the Phillies landed starter Kyle Lohse from the Reds and the Mets obtained second baseman Luis Castillo from the Twins), but Atlanta's acquisition of Teixeira could prove to be the biggest catch of the season.

As Steve Phillips said, the acquisition of Teixeira makes one of the best lineups in the National League even better. Teixeira brings power and a smart approach to the position, not to mention Gold Glove-caliber defense. It is clear the Braves are going for it in 2007 with this move and possibly more to come on what could be a busy Tuesday at the nonwaiver trade deadline.

MARK TEIXEIRA NOTES
• .297 BA, 13 HR, 49 RBI in 2007 (Braves 1B: .211 BA, 41 RBI)
• Has ninth-most home runs in MLB since 2004.
• Has won consecutive Gold Gloves (only eight errors since 2005).
• .299 career BA in August/September/October.

FORWARD THINKING: TUESDAY
White Sox at Yankees, 7:05 ET: Alex Rodriguez, who is hitless in his past 12 at-bats, goes for his 500th career home run. A-Rod has a .400 career average against Jose Contreras (5-13, 6.22) but no home runs.

Mets at Brewers, 8:05 ET: Tom Glavine (9-6, 4.51) will try to become the first to win No. 300 since former teammate Greg Maddux did it on Aug. 7, 2004, for the Cubs.

Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 ET: Barry Bonds needs just one home run to tie Hank Aaron's record of 755. Bonds is 7-for-25 with three home runs against Dodgers starter Brad Penny (13-1, 2.51).

• Tuesday's complete list of probable starters

CLOSING THE GAP
The Mariners blank the AL West-leading Angels 2-0 to win their fourth straight.

IN THE ZONE
Carl CrawfordCarl Crawford, playing with a sore right wrist, scored the tying run as a pinch runner in the ninth inning and led off the bottom of the 11th with a homer to give the Devil Rays a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"Basically, I have a 60-year-old's elbow."
-- Mariners reliever Chris Reitsma will undergo his fifth elbow surgery on Thursday.
NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
Cole HamelsCole Hamels pitched eight impressive innings, beating the Cubs 4-1 to give the Phillies their fourth straight win. Hamels (12-5) allowed one run and three hits, struck out eight and walked two. The 23-year-old left-hander retired nine of the first 10 batters and also set down his last nine batters.

Scott BakerScott Baker faced one batter over the minimum in eight innings to help the Twins defeat the visiting Royals 3-1. Baker struck out seven and allowed two hits, both in the fourth inning.


 

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