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CHICAGO» The Cubs, scuf­fling and in­con­sis­tent since win­ning the World Series, ac­quired ace Jose Quin­tana from the White Sox on Thurs­day in a ma­jor trade be­tween the crosstown ri­vals.

Trail­ing Mil­wau­kee by 5½ games in the NL Cen­tral at 43-45, the Cubs shook things up in a big way by ac­quir­ing Quin­tana, a 2016 all-star. In ex­change, the Cubs sent four prospects to the re­build­ing White Sox: out­fielder Eloy Jimenez, right-handed pitcher Dy­lan Cease and in­field­ers Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

Quin­tana, a lefty, is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts this sea­son. He went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA last year and made his first all-star team.

Quin­tana has pitched bet­ter lately after a slow start and is join­ing a ro­ta­tion that hasn’t per­formed the way the Cubs en­vi­sioned. The North Siders’ starters rank 17th in the ma­jors in ERA.

Ace Jon Lester got pounded for 10 runs in twothirds of an in­ning in his most re­cent start against Pitts­burgh. Jake Ar­ri­eta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award win­ner, has been in­con­sis­tent.

Brew­ers ac­quire lefty Tyler Webb from Yan­kees.

MIL­WAU­KEE» The Brew­ers ac­quired left-handed reliever Tyler Webb from the Yan­kees for mi­nor­league first base­man Gar­rett Cooper.

Webb had a 4.50 ERA in seven ap­pear­ances this year sea­son with the Yan­kees with­out record­ing a de­ci­sion.

Rasmus opts to “step away from base­ball.”

ST. PETERS­BURG, FLA.» The Rays put in­jured Colby Rasmus on the re­stricted list after the out­fielder’s de­ci­sion to “step away from base­ball.”

The Rays didn’t pro­vide de­tails, in­stead say­ing in a brief state­ment that they fully sup­port the player de­cid­ing to leave the club.

Foot­note. Tim Te­bow hit the first game-end­ing home run of his pro base­ball ca­reer Thurs­day night, lift­ing the Sin­gle-A St. Lucie Mets over the Day­tona Tor­tu­gas 5-4. Te­bow is now hit­ting .327 for St. Lucie.

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