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July 31, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — Badly needing outfield help, the Cleveland Indians have acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland also received right-hander Kyle Dowdy in the deal in exchange for shortstop prospect Willi Castro. The AL-Central-leading Indians have been pursuing an outfielder for weeks. The 30-year-old Martin batted .251 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 336 plate appearances this season for the Tigers, who are 18½ games behind Cleveland.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder Logan Forsythe and two minor league players. Dozier becomes the fifth player traded by the Twins in the last five days. He joins a Dodgers team that acquired shortstop Manny Machado during the All-Star break and is in a tight race with Arizona and Colorado in the NL West.

MIAMI (AP) — The last-place Miami Marlins kept All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto but were sellers at the trade deadline. They’ve parted with right-handed reliever Brad Ziegler and outfielder Cameron Maybin, and received two minor leaguers and international slot money. Ziegler returned to his former team, Arizona, and Maybin went to another contender, Seattle.

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Stefon Diggs have agreed on a five-year contract extension, moving the star of the “Minneapolis Miracle” into the NFL’s top 10 highest-paid players at his position. A person familiar with the new deal tells the AP it is valued at $72 million plus an additional $9 million in possible incentives.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a power outage at Dodger Stadium last night that caused a 23-minute delay of a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers was caused by a Mylar balloon that contacted overhead electrical equipment. Officials say the power was rerouted to the stadium within seconds but the equipment had to be reset and powered back on by stadium personnel.

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