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.
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.