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Blue Jays acquire Nick Kingham from Pirates

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The Blue Jays announced on Thursday that the club acquired pitcher Nick Kingham from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for Kingham on the 40-man roster, the Jays transferred injured pitcher Ryan Tepera to the 60-day injured list.

The Pirates designated Kingham, 27, for assignment on Saturday after the right-hander allowed 38 runs in 54 hits and 17 walks with 32 strikeouts across 34 2/3 innings. Kingham opened the season in the bullpen but made three starts in May and made another start on June 1 as well.

With the 24-43 Jays’ fate already sealed, the club values Kingham for his ability to eat up innings — either as a starter or as a reliever — more than his production this year.

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.