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LOS ANGELES (AP) The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers made another addition to their infield Kenley Jansen Jersey , acquiring power-hitting second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday for infielder Logan Forsythe and two minor leaguers shortly before the trade deadline.Dozier departed Target Field soon after the deal was done in the afternoon, aiming to take advantage of the two-hour time zone difference and was on the Dodgers’ bench by the eighth inning of a quick 2-hour, 17-minute game.Dozier was available to play but did not see action in the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.”It came down to the last minute and I knew something was probably brewing up from just hearsay, obviously,” Dozier said. ”But when I found out it was the Dodgers, it was very exciting.”The Dodgers, who went all in by acquiring Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado during the All-Star break for five prospects, had a need for an established right-handed hitter. Their lineup has been in flux, with Arizona and Colorado right on their heels.”Knowing as you get later in the season, and particularly in September when teams can start game planning and stacking their rotation a certain way, they think you have a weakness against a certain side,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said. ”To bring in a right-handed bat that has success against lefties, we think, gives our lineup and our overall roster really good balance.”Dozier was the fifth player traded by the Twins in the last five days. Signaling the front office’s shift in focus to the future amid a disappointing season, Dozier followed starting pitcher Lance Lynn, relief pitchers Zach Duke and Ryan Pressly and infielder Eduardo Escobar out the door. The Twins received a total of 12 players in return, with Forsythe the only current major leaguer. For Dozier, they received outfielder Luke Raley and left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer.”We ultimately made some difficult decisions, some hard choices, to trade away players that we think would help us in the next few months for a great deal of talent that would help us in the future ,” chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. ”I feel good about that.”The 23-year-old Raley was hitting .275 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs at Double-A. The 22-year-old Smeltzer was 5-5 with a 4.73 ERA at Double-A.Though the 31-year-old Dozier’s production has dropped off this year, he has 161 home runs in six seasons as a regular in the lineup. In 2016, Dozier went deep 42 times, becoming only the fourth player in major league history to hit 40 or more home runs while playing second base. Dozier is batting .224 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs this season, with a .708 on-base-plus-slugging percentage that’s his lowest since he was a rookie in 2012.”It’s disappointing on a lot of levels, but I understand it’s a business, and I don’t like to say that, but it really is when things like this happen,” said first baseman Joe Mauer, who said he was not approached about waiving his no-trade clause.Dozier, who is making $9 million this year, will be a free agent in the fall. He was drafted in the eighth round by the Twins in 2009.”Brian’s brand here in Minnesota, I don’t know if you can get much better than that,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ”Everything that he’s done for the community and the way that he’s played the game, he’s set a great example for our young guys throughout, and you’re going to miss a guy like that.”After the Twins lost a team-record 103 games in 2016, the Dodgers pursued Dozier that winter but settled for Forsythe in a trade with Tampa Bay instead. The Twins went on to make the playoffs, and the Dodgers were the National League champions.”It has been going on for a couple of years,” Dozier said about the trade. ”I remember back in 2016 in the offseason all the talks and it ended up falling through. So I had heard a lot of good things about (president of baseball operations) Andrew (Friedman).”Forsythe, though Enrique Hernandez Jersey , has not panned out in Los Angeles. The 31-year-old, who has played second base, third base and first base this season and took some turns at shortstop and left field in 2017, hit .218 with just eight home runs, 49 RBIs and a .639 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 189 games with the Dodgers. Forsythe will also be a free agent in the fall.Dozier, who has never been on the disabled list and averaged 153 games played over the past five seasons, likely won’t be an everyday player with the Dodgers. Enrique Hernandez, Max Muncy and Chase Utley have also played second base, and third baseman Justin Turner is due back from injury soon to give Roberts another player who’ll figure in down the stretch.”We have a lot of good players that I feel that we still need to keep them involved, but to have him on our roster certainly makes us better,” manager Dave Roberts said, adding: ”Competition is always a good thing, but I think we do a pretty good job of keeping guys involved.”—AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report.— NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting on Alex Cora’s desk in the visiting manager’s office at Yankee Stadium were two bottles of chilled champagne and a handwritten note congratulating him.After waiting a few days, the Boston Red Sox finally got to break out the bubbly in the Bronx.Mookie Betts and the Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship Thursday night, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees.“It feels good, man. We’re not going to hide it,” said Cora, the rookie manager of the Red Sox. “We’re going to celebrate. We’re going to enjoy it. This is a tough division. That team we just played, they’re amazing.”Betts homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs , finishing with four hits as Boston overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tying home run in the seventh and Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox ahead with a sacrifice fly.With a playoff berth already secured, Boston (104-49) closed out a once-tight division race with nine games to spare. J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox, alone in first place since July 2, will open the postseason at home in Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against an opponent to be determined.“We haven’t won what we want to win yet,” Betts said in a champagne-soaked clubhouse.Never before had Boston finished in first place three years in a row . The club needs one victory to match the franchise record held by the 1912 World Series champions.Boston entered the three-game series needing a single victory to lock up its fourth AL East title in six years, but the second-place Yankees put the party on hold with two straight wins.On their third try, the Red Sox earned a chance to celebrate at Yankee Stadium.“To be able to do it here — obviously we know the history,” Cora said. “It feels great.”Craig Kimbrel whiffed a slumping Stanton for the final out, and the Red Sox strolled toward the mound to give each other hugs and high-fives in a muted celebration. They walked off the field and headed inside to cheers from Boston fans behind the third base dugout. Inside a clubhouse dotted with discarded corks and lined in protective plastic, players wearing goggles and AL East championship gear sprayed bubbly, drank beer, posed for photos and reveled in the moment for about 30 minutes or so before packing up and heading to Cleveland.Two years ago, in David Ortiz’s final season, the Red Sox celebrated in the visitors’ clubhouse at Yankee Stadium after wrapping up the division crown in New York. But that came in the wake of a loss — after Mark Teixeira’s game-ending grand slam gave the Yankees a comeback win.“Kind of a stab in the heart,” Betts recalled.About 30 minutes earlier, the Red Sox had clinched when Toronto lost to Baltimore. So they went ahead and celebrated their season accomplishment with a booze-filled fiesta.This time, they did it in style from start to finish.“This is just the first step,” outfielder Andrew Benintendi said. “We came into the year expecting to win. We knew what kind of team we had.”After starter Eduardo Rodriguez walked a career-high seven in 3 2/3 innings, knuckleballer Steven Wright (3-1) worked three shutout innings for the win. Brock Holt also homered for the Red Sox, and Martinez increased his major league-leading RBI total to 124 in a game that took 4 hours Logan Forsythe Jersey , 2 minutes.“They just kind of weren’t going to be denied today,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.New York’s lead for the top AL wild card was trimmed to 1½ games over Oakland, which routed the Angels 21-3. The Yankees’ magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three over Tampa Bay.A win in the wild-card game would likely give the Yankees another shot at Boston in a best-of-five Division Series.Boston’s magic number is two over Houston to clinch the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.“They’ve had a solid year. You can’t deny that,” Stanton said. “You never want it to be here that they get it. We gave it what we got. They can celebrate now. We’ve got time to celebrate later.”Betts, a top contender for AL MVP, opened the game with a double off the left-field fence against Masahiro Tanaka and scored on Martinez’s single. Betts added a two-run single in the second, then doubled and scored in the fifth.Bradley tied it 6-all with a leadoff homer in the seventh against Chad Green (8-3). Christian Vazquez singled, and Boston loaded the bases before Bogaerts delivered his sacrifice fly. Another run scored on the play when center fielder Aaron Hicks was charged with a throwing error.Betts launched his 30th home run in the eighth, a three-run shot off All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, who was activated from the disabled list Wednesday.POWER SUPPLYLuke Voit hit an early two-run homer, giving the Yankees a major league-record 12 players with at least 10 home runs this season. Stanton’s seventh career slam left New York with 247 homers, breaking the franchise mark of 245 set in 2012.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: INF Eduardo Nunez (left hamstring) sat out and probably won’t play this weekend in Cleveland, Cora said. Nunez exited Wednesday night’s game in the ninth inning after legging out an infield single. … RHP Matt Barnes was available out of the bullpen for the first time in weeks. Barnes hasn’t pitched since Sept. 3 because of left hip inflammation. Cora said he wouldn’t put Barnes in a high-leverage situation right away. … Betts was the DH again but will return to the outfield this weekend, according to Cora. Betts sat out Tuesday after tweaking his left side two days earlier. He was the DH on Wednesday. … RHP Austin Maddox had rotator cuff surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles. Expected recovery time is about a year, the team said.Yankees: Chapman also gave up a hit and a walk in his first outing since Aug. 21. He had been out with left knee tendinitis.UP NEXTRed Sox: LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 1.92 ERA) is expected to throw about 65 pitches Friday night at Cleveland as he builds back up after missing time with a shoulder issue. All-Star RHP Trevor Bauer (12-6, 2.22) returns to the mound for the AL Central champion Indians in a potential playoff preview. Bauer has been sidelined with a broken right leg since he was struck by a line drive Aug. 11. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Bauer will go a “couple of innings” before giving way to rookie Shane Bieber.Yankees: CC Sabathia (7-7, 3.80 ERA) pitches Friday night at home against rookie RHP Yefry Ramirez (1-6, 5.50) and the last-place Orioles. Sabathia was tagged for five runs and seven hits over 2 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to Toronto. He has one win in his last 11 starts.
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