Braves land short­stop Gon­za­lez from Jays

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

AT­LANTA — The NL East-lead­ing At­lanta Braves, look­ing to bol­ster their lineup for the sec­ond half of the sea­son, acquired Alex Gon­za­lez in a swap of short­stops that sent Yunel Es­co­bar to Toronto on Wed­nes­day.

The Braves also traded left-handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to the Blue Jays in the five-player deal while also adding two good prospects: left-han­der Tim Collins and short­stop Tyler Pas­tor­nicky.

Gon­za­lez, 33, is en­joy­ing a ca­reer year. He is hit­ting .259 with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs. He is fifth in the Amer­i­can League with 43 ex­tra-base hits. Gon­za­lez also is an ex­cel­lent de­fen­sive player.

Es­co­bar, 27, hit .299 with 14 homers and 76 RBIs last sea­son. But he has strug­gled this year, hit­ting only .238 with no homers and 19 RBIs.

All-Star rat­ings poor

NEW YORK — The All-Star game has earned its low­est-ever tele­vi­sion rat­ing.

The Na­tional League’s 3-1 vic­tory Tues­day night on Fox had a 7.5 fast na­tional rat­ing and 13 share. That’s down 16 per­cent from the 8.9/15 for last sea­son’s game, a 4-3 win by the AL.

The pre­vi­ous low was an 8.1/14 in 2005.

Dar­ren Cal­abrese CANA­DIAN PRESS

Short­stop Alex Gon­za­lez has 17 home runs and 50 RBIs and adds a good glove to the Braves.

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