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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) before Thursday's trade deadline.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the deal.

Lester was sought by many teams, including Pittsburgh and the Los Angeles Dodgers, when A's general manager Billy Beane pulled off another blockbuster trade.

Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 starts.

Cespedes won the past two Home Run Derbys at the All-Star game. He is in the third season of a $36 million, four-year contract he signed before 2012.

The baseball non-waiver trade deadline is this afternoon, meaning time is winding down for teams that might be trying to strengthen their chances for a post-season run.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Dodgers trot out their ace to wrap up a series with Atlanta on a limited major league baseball schedule.

Major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw gets the start for NL West-leading Los Angeles. He's coming off a three-hit shutout that improved his record to 12-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.76.

The Braves go with 10-game winner Julio Teheran in an effort to snap the Dodgers' five-game winning streak.

Pittsburgh heads into the opener of their road series against the Diamondbacks with a chance to move into a tie with the idle Giants for a wildcard spot. The Pirates have won eight of 12, including two of three in the just-completed series against San Francisco. That's moved Pittsburgh to within two games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

Not much has gone right for the Reds since the All-Star break. They've only managed two wins in their last 10 games heading into tonight's series opener at Miami. Cincinnati looks to 11-6 Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) to spark a turnaround. He enters tonight's contest with a 2.08 ERA that is third-best in the National League. The Marlins have come alive recently, winning six in a row before yesterday's loss to Washington.

There are six games set in the National League and five in the American.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Opening-round play is underway at the Bridgestone Invitational, where Tiger Woods feels very comfortable. The defending champ has won eight times at Firestone, tying the PGA Tour mark for most wins at a single event.

Woods is hoping to use the tournament as a tune-up for next week's PGA Championship as he continues his comeback from back surgery. Woods has played just two events in his return. He missed the cut at Congressional and finished tied for 69th at the British Open.

Rory McIlroy is in the field in his first start since his Open Championship win at Hoylake.

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Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years.

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