The Reds acquired utilityman Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. This is the second time that the Dodgers have traded Sweeney. The club sent him to the Phillies along with John Richy in August 2015 for Chase Utley.
Jim Bunning was an intimidating figure as a major league pitcher and was just as hard-nosed and uncompromising as a U.S. senator. ''The main qualities it takes for professional athletes and politicians is to have a very thick hide, a thick skin, and to be able to meet and greet people,'' he said in July 2000. Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as a staunch advocate for conservative causes, has died.
On May 19, the Texas Rangers began a lengthy road trip as the hottest team in the majors leagues. On Monday, they return home somewhat cooled off as they prepare to face the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game series. Texas (25-26) took a nine-game winning streak into its three-city, 10-game trip after winning eight straight home games against the San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and Philadelphia Phillies.