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Strasburg mulls skipping All-Star games

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WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg is not so sure he wants to be an All-Star ever again.

The Washington Nationals right-hander said Sunday he is sure a change in routine for that event last season contributed to an arm injury that landed him on the disabled list, so he might just skip future Midsummer Classics.

The Nationals are hosting the 2018 edition.

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Kemp rejoins Dodgers, Gonzalez to Braves

Matt Kemp is returning to the place where he began his major league career, reacquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves that creates more financial flexibility for the reigning NL champions.

The Dodgers sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, oft-injured starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta for the 33-year-old Kemp.

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Yanks keep Sabathia on 1-year, $10M deal

NEW YORK (AP) C.C. Sabathia has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal to remain with the New York Yankees.

MLB.com first reported the deal Saturday.

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Nats 2B Murphy hopeful of playing opener

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy ambled around the team's annual fan festival with the aid of a pair of crutches and declined to offer any sort of estimate about the length of his recovery from right knee surgery.

"I don't want to put any timetables on it, because if you miss `em, you guys get really fishy when stuff like that happens," Murphy said Saturday, sitting on a chair during his session with reporters about eight weeks after the operation.

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Padres sign RHP Lyles, designate P Wood

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have signed right-hander Jordan Lyles to a one-year contract with a club option for 2019.

The Padres announced the move Sunday. Left-hander Travis Wood was designated for assignment.

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Angels land INF Cozart for 3 years, $38M

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After spending his entire career at shortstop in Cincinnati, Zack Cozart was willing to switch positions for the chance to join the Los Angeles Angels' promising lineup.

Cozart was even willing to switch twice.

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Giants trade LHP Moore to Rangers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Texas acquired Matt Moore in a trade with the San Francisco Giants on Friday, raising the possibility of four left-handers in the Rangers' rotation.

"As far as the four lefties, generally it's a good thing," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "I realize there's some very heavy right-handed clubs in our division. With the exception of Martin (Perez), the other three guys have been very effective against righties in their career."

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HOF Rose defamation lawsuit dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A defamation lawsuit filed by Pete Rose last year against the lawyer who got him kicked out of baseball was dismissed Friday, federal court documents show.

Rose said in the lawsuit that John Dowd damaged his reputation and endorsement deals during a July 2015 interview on an AM radio station in Pennsylvania where he accused Rose of "statutory rape." Rose's lawyers said he "never did any such thing."

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Cubs announce 2-year deal with Cishek

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have finalized a two-year contract with side-arming reliever Steve Cishek.

The 31-year-old Cishek had a 2.01 ERA and a 3-2 record in 49 relief appearances this year for Seattle and Tampa Bay, which acquired him on July 28. He joins a rebuilt Cubs bullpen that also includes fellow right-hander Brandon Morrow, who finalized a $21 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.

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