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Astros acquire Anthony Bass from Padres


Houston picked up some pitching help, getting right-hander Anthony Bass from San Diego for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Bass had a 4.08 ERA in 187 innings for the Padres, making 18 starts and 57 relief appearances, but he’s gotten progressively worse following a very strong 2011 debut with shoulder problems perhaps being to blame.

Still, as a 25-year-old with good fastball velocity and some decent numbers he’s a worthwhile pickup for an Astros team that’s certainly always in need of useful arms.

Wilmer Flores lost 10 pounds due to strep throat

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“Strength and conditioning coaches hate him! Learn this baseball player’s one weird trick for shedding pounds overnight!”

Oh, wait. This is not a weird trick. This is horrible:


Flores will be on the NLDS roster, of course, but it will likely keep him on the bench a great deal. Here’s hoping he’s feeling better soon.

John Lackey to start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Cardinals

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St. Louis has decided on John Lackey as the Game 1 starter in the NLDS versus the winner of tonight’s Wild Card game, manager Mike Matheny announced.

Lackey led the Cardinals in starts (33) and innings (218) this season while posting a 2.77 ERA and 175/53 K/BB ratio with 21 homers allowed.

Carlos Martinez being out for the playoffs with a shoulder injury took a big rotation option away from Matheny, but Lackey has a 3.10 ERA in 43 starts since joining the Cardinals in mid-2014 and also has a 3.08 ERA in 117 career postseason innings.

He’ll face either the Cubs or the Pirates, in St. Louis. No word yet on the order, but Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, and Jaime Garcia figure to follow Lackey in the rotation.