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The Baltimore Orioles kicked off the July trading season by acquiring right-hander Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.

Chicago also received international bonus pool money from Baltimore, the Cubs told ESPN.

Feldman, 30, signed a one-year, $6 million deal in November, and posted a 3.46 ERA in 91 innings this season.

Feldman joins an Orioles rotation that is 13th best in the American League with a 4.79 ERA, with Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman, and Wei-Yin Chen. Baltimore entered play Tuesday at 47-36, 2 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox.

Arrieta, 27, has gone 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts this season for Baltimore.

---Detriot Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the first inning of Sunday's game at Tropicana Field.

Major League Baseball's Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement Tuesday.

Porcello's suspension is scheduled to begin Tuesday. If appealed, the suspension is held in abeyance until the process of hearing the appeal is complete.

---Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Tuesday was scheduled to be the 27-year-old's first outing since May 16, when he suffered a strained left triceps.

Price, the reigning 2012 American League Cy Young Award, is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine starts this season. He's scheduled to face Astros' lefty Erik Bedard.

---The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired reliever Carlos Marmol from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday for pitcher Matt Guerrier and their fourth international signing bonus slot.

That slot is worth $209,700 from their $2,112,900 total, the Dodgers said. The Cubs banked money Tuesday, also receiving $388,100 from the Baltimore Orioles in a deal that involved Scott Feldman and money from the Houston Astros for minor-league Ronald Torreyes.

The Cubs also agreed to pay nearly $2 million of the $4.8 million left from Marmol's $9.8 million salary this season, according to Yahoo!'s Tim Brown. Guerrier is still owed close to $1.8 million.

---Yasiel Puig has made such an impact on Major League Baseball in one month with the Los Angeles Dodgers that he is receiving serious consideration for the All-Star Game. That does not go over well with Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. In fact, he thinks such talk is absurd.

Since the 22-year-old Puig played his first game for the Dodgers on June 2, he is batting .436 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 26 games. This past weekend, he went 7-for-16 against the Phillies and scored five runs.

"To me, it's an absolute joke," Papelbon told MLB Radio Network. "It's really kind of stupid if you ask me. ... The guy's got a month, I don't even think he's got a month in the big leagues. Just comparing him to this and that, and saying he's going to make the All-Star team, that's a joke to me."

---Jim Thome is back in the big leagues, but not exactly with the job he wanted. At age 42. Thome still had a desire to play, but no offers came his way this season and the designated hitter-first baseman accepted a job from the Chicago White Sox as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn.

In his new role, Thome will work with major and minor leaguers.

Thome played with the White Sox from 2006 to 2009. He ranks seventh in baseball history with 612 home runs and walks with 1,747.
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