UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros have picked up six-time All-Star pitcher Zack Greinke to join a starting rotation that includes 14-game winner Justin Verlander and major league strikeout leader Gerrit Cole. The Diamondbacks have received four minor leaguers for Greinke, who took the mound for Arizona in yesterday’s game against the Yankees. Greinke is 10-4 with a 2.90 ERA this season.
UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers were busy before today’s major league trade deadline as the two teams continue their three-team battle for first place in the National League Central. The Cubs obtained outfielder Nicholas Castellanos from the Detroit Tigers for two minor league pitchers. The Brewers acquired left-hander Drew Pomeranz and righty Ray Black from San Francisco for infield prospect Mauricio Dubon.
UNDATED (AP) – The Philadelphia Phillies bolstered their outfield by getting veteran Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash and a player to be named. The Oakland Athletics have snared starter Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds for outfield prospect Jameson Hannah. The Reds also shipped second baseman Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) to San Francisco for a player to be named.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Saints and Michael Thomas have agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract, according to his agent. Thomas had missed five practices while holding out of training camp as his agent sought a long-term deal. Thomas has grabbed 321 passes for 3,787 yards and 23 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons. He paced the NFL with 125 receptions in 2018.
MIAMI (AP) – Pro Football Hall of Fame middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti has died at age 78. Buoniconti was an undersized overachiever who helped lead the Miami Dolphins to the NFL’s only perfect season. He later became a leader in the effort to cure paralysis following a spinal injury to his son, Marc. In recent years, Buoniconti struggled with symptoms of CTE, a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated blows to the head.