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MLB roundup: Yankees acquire Soriano

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The New York Yankees completed the trade for Alfonso Soriano, who was inserted into the Yankees lineup in the clean-up spot as the starting left fielder against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

The Chicago Cubs received minor league right-handed pitcher Corey Black in exchange.

The Cubs will pay approximately $17.7 million of Soriano's $24.5 million salary through the end of the 2014 season and the Yankees will be responsible for $6.8 million, ESPN reported.

The 37-year-old Soriano waived his no-trade clause to make the deal happen. He started his career in 1999 with the Yankees, who are hoping that his addition will help keep them in the race in the American League East.

This year, he is batting .254 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs. Eight homers have come in July.

---Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli likely will need four to eight weeks of rest but not surgery for a strained flexor tendon in his forearm, the team announced.

Grilli visited Dr. James Andrews to have the arm examined after he left a game on Monday and was placed on the disabled list.

According to reports, Grilli will be re-evaluated in 10-14 days.

Grilli has a National League-leading 30 saves with a 2.34 ERA and made the All-Star team for the first time in his career at age 36.

---Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante suffered a setback with his injured left ankle during his rehab assignment with Class A West Michigan.

Infante left Thursday's game early after he experienced continued soreness in the ankle while playing second base.

The Tigers were hoping that Infante could return to Detroit as early as Friday or possibly play one more rehab game for Triple-A Toledo. His status is now in doubt and his stay on the disabled list could be extended.

--- Biogenesis of America, the Florida clinic at the center of baseball's investigation of major-league players, gave performance-enhancing drugs to a number of high school students, ESPN reported on "Outside the Lines."

ESPN based its report on former associates of Tony Bosch and documents it obtained.

Clinic documents obtained by ESPN in February included the names of 10 Miami-area high school baseball players with dollar amounts listed next to their names.

An anonymous former Biogenesis employee told ESPN the packages for teenage athletes often featured HGH and Sermorelin, a drug that stimulates growth hormone release in the body. The source said young athletes often were injected with HGH and other prescription drugs in the Biogenesis office.

---Two minor league players were suspended by Major League Baseball for violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Atlanta Braves minor league right-handed pitcher Humberto Carpio and Cincinnati Reds minor league outfielder Yoel Noel each received a 50-game suspension without pay. Carpio tested positive for Nandrolone, and Noel tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
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