Sox lose to Twins; Cubs close to trading D. Lee to Braves

Sox lose to Twins; Cubs close to trading D. Lee to Braves

Sox lose 7-6 to Twins

thometwins2The Sox lost in a nail biter to the Minnesota Twins last night when former Sox player, Jim Thome, hit a 445-foot game-winning two-run home run over the right-field bleachers.  The dramatic 10th inning (7-6) loss puts the Sox four games out of first place in the AL Central Division.

The Sox have lost three straight and fell to 4-9 against the Twins who currently hold first place, so tonight’s game in Minnesota (7:10PM) is a big one to regain some momentum.

Cubs close to trading Derrek Lee to Braves

Derrek Lee, first baseman of the Cubs since 2004, is close to being traded to the Atlanta Braves according to major-league sources cited in a Chicago Tribune article this morning.

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The deal that would send Lee to the Braves has not been finalized but it seems very likely.  It was first discussed last Sunday when the Braves called Cubs general manager Jim Hendry and expressed interest after learning of the season-ending knee injury to one of their best offensive players, Chipper Jones.

Lee has the right to reject the trade (as a 10-5 player) but sources close to him say he will approve the deal. The Braves are leading their division, so he will have a chance to win another World Series ring if he goes to Atlanta.  Lee won the World Series in 2003 with the Florida Marlins.

If Lee is traded, the Cubs will have a little breathing room as far as salary relief goes but they are not expected to land much in way of talent due to Lee’s subpar 2010 season.

UPDATE:

Late this afternoon, Derrek Lee traded in his Cubbie blues for a tomahawk and Atlanta Braves jersey.  The Cubs received three Minor League prospects in return.

Get the full story from MLB.com here.

 

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