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BLUE JAYS-CUBS Mon­tero traded

NEW YORK — Cast off by the World Series cham­pi­ons, Miguel Mon­tero has a new home north of the bor­der.

The vet­eran catcher was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Toronto Blue Jays on Mon­day, six days af­ter he blamed Cubs pitcher Jake Ar­ri­eta for al­low­ing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to Wash­ing­ton.

Toronto ac­quired the two-time All-Star and cash for a player to be named or cash. Blue Jays Man­ager John Gibbons said Mon­tero will join the team to­day at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

“I’ve heard some good things about him. I heard he can swing the bat. We’ll see. He’s a good, vet­eran, left-handed bat,” Gibbons said.

Chicago is pay­ing Toronto $6,446,710 in seven in­stall­ments through Oct. 6 as part of the trade, cov­er­ing all but $515,039 of the $6,961,749 re­main­ing of Mon­tero’s $14 mil­lion salary this year. He is el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter the World Series.

Mon­tero hit .286 with 4 home runs and 8 RBI in 44 games this sea­son and was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment Wed­nes­day. He has thrown out one of 31 base steal­ers this sea­son.

The 33-year-old from Venezuela has a .260 ca­reer av­er­age with 124 home runs and 542 RBI in 12 sea­sons with Ari­zona and the Cubs. His 10th-in­ning RBI sin­gle gave Chicago a tworun lead in Game 7 of last year’s World Series, a game the Cubs hung on to win 8-7 for their first ti­tle since 1908.

Af­ter the sea­son, Mon­tero said he wasn’t happy about his di­min­ished role dur­ing the post­sea­son.


Trout to miss All-Star Game

ANA­HEIM, Calif. — Amer­i­can league MVP Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game while re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing his left thumb.

The Los An­ge­les An­gels star out­fielder tore the ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in the thumb May 28 dur­ing a head­first slide and had surgery three days later to re­pair the lig­a­ment and dor­sal cap­sule. The team said Mon­day he will work out to­day at Class A In­land Em­pire.

An­gels Gen­eral Man­ager Bill Ep­pler said in a state­ment Mon­day “based on the time­line es­tab­lished for Mike to re­turn from his thumb in­jury, he will be re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing into the All-Star break and will there­fore not be able par­tic­i­pate in the All-Star fes­tiv­i­ties.”

Trout is bat­ting .337 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI and 10 steals. He was the AL MVP in 2014 and 2016, and he was the All-Star Game MVP in 2014 and 2015. He was elected by fans to the start­ing out­field, his fifth elec­tion and sixth All-Star team.


Sanchez, Judge HR derby bound

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, who lead the New York Yan­kees’ of­fense, will par­tic­i­pate in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Miami on Mon­day.

Judge, a rookie who home­red in his first ma­jor league at-bat in Au­gust, leads the ma­jors with 27 home runs and tops the Amer­i­can League with a .327 bat­ting av­er­age and 62 RBI.

“I’m ex­cited,” he said Mon­day. “We’ve got a good group of guys go­ing. Get­ting a chance to go up against Gary is go­ing to be fun. So I think we’re both look­ing for­ward to that.”

Sanchez is hit­ting .289 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI de­spite miss­ing nearly a month with a strained bi­cep.

“I think it’s go­ing to be spe­cial,” Sanchez said through a trans­la­tor. “I’m pretty sure the fans are go­ing to en­joy it. I’m pretty sure that the ex­cite­ment will be through the roof, and if I don’t win I want Judge to win.”

New York made the an­nounce­ment Mon­day on Twit­ter be­fore its game against Toronto.

Judge ac­knowl­edged a while back that he’d been in­vited by Ma­jor League Base­ball to par­tic­i­pate but said he didn’t think the tim­ing was right to an­nounce a de­ci­sion. Fo­cused on the Yan­kees’ sea­son, he wanted to wait un­til Al­lS­tar ros­ters were re­vealed Sun­day night.

Mar­lins slug­ger Gian­carlo Stan­ton will de­fend his ti­tle. Los An­ge­les Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, who leads the Na­tional League with 24 home runs, also said he will com­pete.

De­spite his prodi­gious power and league-lead­ing num­bers, the 6-7 Judge said he won’t feel any added pres­sure to win the derby at spa­cious Mar­lins Park.

“I’m just go­ing out there to have fun,” he said.

ROCK­IES Des­mond goes on DL

DEN­VER — The Colorado Rock­ies placed in­fielder/out­fielder Ian Des­mond on the 10-day dis­abled list with a strained right calf and re­in­stated slump­ing out­fielder Car­los Gon­za­lez.

Des­mond was hurt while chas­ing a fly ball in Ari­zona on Sun­day. This will be his sec­ond stint on the DL af­ter miss­ing the start of the sea­son with a frac­tured left hand. He’s hit­ting .283 with five home runs and 26 RBI.

Gon­za­lez was re­in­stated Mon­day af­ter go­ing on the DL in late June with a strained right shoul­der. Gon­za­lez is mired in a slump that’s seen his av­er­age dip to .221. He has six home runs and 20 RBI.

He was in the start­ing lineup against Cincin­nati.

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