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Red Sox acquire pitcher Fernando Abad from the Twins

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The Boston Red Sox have acquired lefty Fernando Abad from the Twins for minor league righty Pat Light.

Abad has posted a 2.65 ERA in 34 innings this season. He’s been particularly effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a line of .163/.192/.265. It has been a nice bounce back year for him after a subpar 2015 with the Athletics.

Light, 25, was shelled in his two games with Boston this season but they were his only two major league games ever, one coming in April, the other in early July. At Pawtucket this year he has a 2.32 ERA in 25 games. He throws hard but he has control issues and obviously needs some polish.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”