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