MLB Roundup: Pirates acquire Byrd for stretch run

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The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday.
The Mets received infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named in the deal.
Byrd, 35, is batting .285 with a career-high 21 home runs and will provide immediate help for the Pirates with left fielder and leadoff man Starling Marte on the disabled list with a hand injury. Buck, 33, has 15 home runs and 60 RBIs this season and is expected to serve as Russell Martin's backup in Pittsburgh. Herrera, 19, is batting .265 with 11 homers at Class A West Virginia this season and participated in the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field in July.
Pittsburgh (76-54) were a half-game behind St. Louis in the National League Central but nine games ahead of Arizona for the second wild-card spot.

---The San Diego Padres released right-hander Edinson Volquez on Tuesday after he passed through waivers unclaimed.
Volquez was designated for assignment by the team last week after a dismal start against the Chicago Cubs in which he gave up six runs in the first inning before getting an out. After clearing waivers, he is now free to sign with any club. The 30-year-old was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts this season.

---Despite a season that has fallen well short of expectations, the Toronto Blue Jays will retain John Gibbons as manager next season, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday.
Toronto entered Tuesday's game in last place in the American League East with a 59-73 record.
"I actually think, the in-game managing, he has done a great job," Anthopoulos said, according to "I think it's so easy to pin results on one person. ... There's blame to share."
Gibbons, 51, is in his second go-around as Blue Jays manager. Between 2004 and 2008, he posted a 364-378 record. He was dismissed in 2008 with the team's record at 35-39.

---Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy has no structural damage in his elbow but will remain shut down for 10 days before he attempts to throw again.
The right-hander was examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed that there is no additional damage to an elbow that underwent Tommy John reconstruction surgery last year after Beachy tore the ulnar collateral ligament while leading the National League in ERA. He returned in late July but has not pitched since Aug. 20.
The 26-year-old Beachy had made five starts since his return from the surgery and was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA before he felt discomfort in the elbow.

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