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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rivera In, Thames Out

The Dodgers designated Marcus Thames for assignment today, and have acquired Juan Rivera from the Toronto Blue Jays. Rivera, 33, was hitting .243 with six home runs and 28 RBIs when he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on July 3. But he was hitting .327 against left-handed pitching, with a .909 OPS. Rivera will play in left field when there's a lefty on the mound to counterpart Tony Gwynn Jr. He can also play 1B when Loney needs a break since Rusty Anchor is still on the DL. The Blue Jays will pick up almost all of his remaining $5.25 million salary, so really it seems like a slight improvement from Thames and won't cost much out of pocket. Rivera started with the Yankees in 2001, was shortly with the Expos in 2004, then with the Angels until 2011 when he found himself in Toronto. In 2009 he hit 25 homeruns. Thames has been very disappointing to say the least after the Dodgers wasted $1 million dollars to sign him as a free agent this off-season. He only had 13 hits in 36 games with a .197 batting average, 7 RBIs and 2 homeruns. 

Root for the National League in tonight's All-Star game! Matt Kemp will be hitting third in the lineup and starting in center field. Kemp only slugged two homeruns in last night's Homerun Derby, and was eliminated after the first round. Robinson Cano of the Yankees won the Derby with the help of his father who was pitching to him.

Go National League:)

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