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MIAMI» The Mar­lins traded righthanded pitcher David Phelps to the Mariners for four prospects, in­clud­ing highly re­garded out­fielder Brayan Hernandez, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal said Thurs­day.

Phelps is 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 44 games and 47 in­nings this sea­son, all out of the bullpen. He is a six-year vet­eran with 64 ca­reer starts.

Hernandez, a 19-year-old Venezue­lan, is bat­ting .259 in 31 games in the mi­nors this year.

The Mariners made the deal at the start of a key 10-game home­s­tand that starts against the Yan­kees and leads into the trade dead­line. Af­ter a 5-1 trip fol­low­ing the all-star break, the Mariners are 48-48 and 1½ games be­hind the Yan­kees in the Amer­i­can League wild-card stand­ings.

The Mar­lins are out of play­off con­tention and look­ing to up­grade a farm sys­tem widely ranked among the worst in the ma­jors.

Phelps will join a Mariners bullpen that was over­worked dur­ing the first half of the sea­son as the team dealt with ma­jor in­juries to the ro­ta­tion. The Mariners rank fifth in the Amer­i­can League in in­nings pitched by the bullpen.

Phelps will be un­der Seat­tle’s con­trol through the 2018 sea­son.

San­doval re­turn­ing to Gi­ants.

FRANCISCO» Third base­man Pablo San­doval plans to sign a mi­nor­league con­tract to re­turn to the Gi­ants, a per­son with knowl­edge of his in­ten­tions said Thurs­day.

San­doval tech­ni­cally will not be free to agree to a deal with a team un­til 3 p.m. MDT on Fri­day upon clear­ing waivers.

Gi­ants gen­eral man­ager Bobby Evans de­clined to con­firm San Francisco’s in­ter­est in bring­ing back the Kung Fu Panda, as he be­came known and beloved in the Bay Area.

Tar­get Field adding Kelly statue.

MIN­NE­AP­O­LIS» For­mer man­ager Tom Kelly will become the lat­est Twins leg­end to have his like­ness on dis­play at the ball­park.

The Twins will honor Kelly with a pregame cer­e­mony on the plaza out­side Tar­get Field on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

His will be the eighth bronze statue to be in­stalled, all built by lo­cal artist Bill Mack. The others are Rod Carew, Harmon Kille­brew, Kirby Puck­ett, Calvin Grif­fith, Carl and Eloise Pohlad, Tony Oliva and Kent Hr­bek.


Just days af­ter catch­ing boos af­ter snag­ging a foul ball at a Mets game, New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie said he’s never seen a politi­cian cheered at a sports event ex­cept for Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush af­ter the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

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