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Athletics release Brandon Moss

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The Oakland Athletics have released Brandon Moss. Moss was designated for assignment on Sunday to make room for reliever Jairo Labourt, who the A’s claimed off waivers from the Reds.

Moss hit a mere .207/.279/.428 with 22 home runs and a .707 OPS in 401 plate appearances for the Royals last year. The Athletics acquired him in a trade in January. He’s owed $7.25 million this season with each club picking up a portion of that. If he signs elsewhere he’ll only need to be paid the league minimum, which will offset the A’s and Royals’ obligation.

Moss, 34, has said that he’ll retire if he’s unable to find a major league contract.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.