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Dodgers acquire veteran INF Young

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The Los Angeles Dodgers made another move for their playoff push by acquiring veteran infielder Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

The Dodgers announced the trade after beating the visiting San Diego Padres 2-1. In exchange for Young, the Dodgers sent minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen to the Phillies.

Young, 36, will likely come off the bench to play first and third base for the Dodgers, who improved to 80-55 and lead the National League West by 10 1/2 games going into the final month of the regular season.

In 463 at-bats this year, Young is batting .272 with eight home runs and 41 RBI in his first season with the Phillies. He came up with the Texas Rangers in 2000 and played there through 2012.

The seven-time All-Star has a career .300 batting average with 185 home runs, 1,025 RBI and 2,356 hits.

Young grew up about a half-hour from Dodger Stadium in Covina.

Rasmussen was 3-4 with a 2.55 ERA at Class AA Chattanooga this year.
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