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July 23, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards. “He's an extremely talented pitcher that's had success in the toughest of divisions and the biggest of stages, who's throwing the ball as well as anybody right now,” Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said in a statement released by the team. “It's a power repertoire, a little bit of a different look from what we've got, and he was available.
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July 22, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A mother bear clawed at the silver handle on a trash bin Sunday night in a parking lot in Azusa. She wasn't trying to get the trash. The mother was attempting to rescue her bear cub from inside the bin, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported . Another cub leaned his front paws on the bin's side and looked on as the mother bear tried to free the trapped cub, according to KTLA footage. When the mother was unsuccessful, the onlooking cub then tried to scramble up and pull open the top.  Neither bear could open the bin, but California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were on their way. Authorities arrived on the scene Sunday night, flashing bright lights and blaring sirens to scare the bears away temporarily, KTLA reported.
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July 20, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A malnourished bear cub abandoned by its mother after it suffered a broken leg has been rescued from a tree in Truckee, officials said Saturday. The cub, named Charlie, was injured when it was hit by a car two weeks ago, officials said. "Its mother had left it because it couldn't keep up with her ... he wasn't able to walk fast enough," said Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League, an advocacy group. "Mother probably had another cub and had to do the best she could," Bryant said.
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July 10, 2013 | Mike DiGiovanna
Sending Joe Blanton to the mound with a stiff breeze blowing out on a steamy Tuesday evening in Wrigley Field was akin to dropping a match onto a pile of charcoal briquettes doused in lighter fluid. A combustible mix, it was. So it was no real surprise when Blanton, who is known to give up long balls in the best of atmospheric conditions, was rocked for four home runs, including Darwin Barney's game-breaking three-run, sixth-inning shot, in a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs that dropped the Angels 10 games back in the American League West.
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July 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs were grateful the temperature cooled to 74 degrees and the wind was blowing in at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. Otherwise, the Angels might have hit a dozen home runs. One night after high heat and humidity and a stiff breeze blowing out sent balls flying out of the ballpark, conditions hardly seemed conducive to a game of power ball. That did nothing to deter the Angels, who hit five home runs, two by surging outfielder Josh Hamilton and one by Albert Pujols, in a 13-2 victory over the Cubs in which they bunched all of their home runs and 11 of 15 hits in a five-run first inning and a six-run fifth.
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July 2, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
That'll shake things up in the National League West. Or maybe not. The Dodgers and Cubs completed their expected trade of relievers Tuesday, essentially exchanging bullpen disappointments. As it worked out, there was nothing in the deal to send critics of General Manager Ned Colletti screaming into the night. Not one prospect was involved in the deal, let alone a highly prized one. The Dodgers get Carlos Marmol, a one-time All-Star, the Cubs get Matt Guerrier, a onetime bullpen workhorse.
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July 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER -- The Dodgers will attempt to revive the career of another floundering former All-Star closer, as they acquired Carlos Marmol, cash and cap space from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Matt Guerrier. They got Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners under similar circumstances last year and League pitched well enough to convince the Dodgers to re-sign him for $22.5 million. As was the case with League last year, Marmol has lost his job as the closer on a non-contending team.
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July 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER - The Dodgers temporarily fixed Brandon League last year after picking him up from the scrap heap. They hope to do the same this year with Carlos Marmol, the deposed closer they acquired Tuesday from the Chicago Cubs. While there is no guarantee Marmol will ever recover the form that made him an All-Star in 2008, the Dodgers aren't taking much of a gamble. The Dodgers sent the Cubs right-hander Matt Guerrier, who, like Marmol, was designated for assignment last week.
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July 1, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers appear to be making progress on a deal to acquire embattled reliever Carlos Marmol from the Chicago Cubs, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because a trade hasn't been finalized. Marmol, 30, was designated for assignment last week. He was an all-star in 2008, but was 2-4 with a 5.86 earned-run average this season and lost his job as the Cubs' closer. Marmol is in the final year of a three-year contract and is still owed around $5 million.
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