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Nationals finally acquire Trea Turner from the Padres

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From Kyle Brostowitz of the Nationals’ team site

The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Trea Turner from the San Diego Padres on Sunday, completing the Dec. 18, 2014 three-team trade in which Washington acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a Player to be Named from the Padres. In exchange, the Nationals sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and Minor League left-handed pitcher Travis Ott to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Turner had to be labeled a PTBNL and couldn’t immediately move into the Nationals’ system because he was a first-round draft pick of the Padres in 2014. “We’re happy to complete this trade and add an exceptional talent to our fold,” Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “From the outset, this was a complex deal, but we thought it was one that would better our organization for the present as well as the long term. That’s always our goal. We look forward to getting Trea into our Minor League system.”

Turner, 21, has hit .322/.397/.458 with 10 home runs and 34 steals in 127 career minor league games.

Giants scouting Reds starter Mike Leake

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Cincinnati is currently 12 1/2 games back of St. Louis in the National League Central standings, so it’s a near certainty that the club will be sellers at the July 31 deadline. Johnny Cueto is an impending free agent and a tremendous trade chip. He’s as good as gone. Brandon Phillips has an expensive contract and is not aging gracefully. He could go. There’s even word that Aroldis Chapman may be dealt.

Now comes word from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that some members of the Giants front office have been scouting Reds right-hander Mike Leake, who is making $9.775 million in his final year of salary arbitration. The 27-year-old has posted a solid 3.95 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 974 career innings while making half of his starts in one of the least pitcher-friendly home parks in the major leagues.

He’d make sense as an innings-eater for just about any contending team.

Bryce Harper out Sunday with bruised knee

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Here is the Nationals’ starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers …

Harper got hit on the left knee by a pitch Saturday. He’ll ultimately be fine, but there is some swelling. Also absent for the Nats is catcher Wilson Ramos, who’s getting a day of maintenance. Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are both on the disabled list. It’s a starting nine with a spring training feel.

Indians place Nick Swisher on the disabled list

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From beat writer Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

The move clears a spot on the active 25-man roster for top shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor, who is joining the Indians on Sunday. Swisher, who underwent surgery on both of his knees last August, is batting just .198/.261/.297 in 111 plate appearances this season. He’ll probably be out longer than 15 days.

Albert Pujols hit his 538th career home run

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Albert Pujols slugged the 538th home run of his career Saturday evening in Anaheim …

That was the 18th jack of the season for Pujols, who passed Mickey Mantle last week and is now just 10 round-trippers away from Mike Schmidt on the all-time career home run leaderboard.