Pirates acquire Phil Coke from the Yankees

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The New York Yankees have announced that they have traded lefty reliever Phil Coke from the Yankees for cash considerations.

Coke, 34, has been a disaster in his last few major league stops, but he pitched shockingly well for the Yankees Triple-A club. Indeed, he was a key part of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders success in winning Triple-A National Championship, posting a 0.55 ERA, 0.37 WHIP, and 18/0 K/BB ratio over 16.1 innings. The Pirates are on the fringes of the Wild Card race, so they’ve got nothing to lose.

If they somehow make up the three and a half games between themselves and the Cardinals, Giants and Mets and win one of the two Wild Cards, Coke would not be available for the playoffs since he wasn’t in the organization at the end of August.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”