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Daily Dish: Aug. 2

Ray Liotta was on the fast track heading into this season, but the White Sox lefthander struggled at Double-A Birmingham and was ultimately reassigned to high Class A Winston-Salem.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

L.A. Gets Lugo In Biggest Monday Deal

Alan Matthews -

Moments before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline and after acquiring Greg Maddux to sure up their pitching staff, the Dodgers bolstered their lineup by acquiring shortstop Julio Lugo from the Devil Rays in exchange for Triple-A prospect Joel Guzman and minor league outfielder Sergio Pedroza.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Second Maddux Stint Ends In Chicago

John Manuel -

The first time Greg Maddux left the Cubs, he was at the peak of his powers as a free agent in 1992. Now, Maddux has left the friendly confines of Wrigley Field again, this time as a past-his-prime, back-of-the-rotation starter. He went to the Dodgers on Monday in exchange for deluxe defender Cesar Izturis. Chicago also contributed $2 million toward the remainder of Maddux' salary.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Rangers Find Some Pitching In Wells

Aaron Fitt -

The Rangers already had bolstered their offense with the acquisitions of Carlos Lee and Matt Stairs. Just before Monday's trade deadline, they made a move to shore up their starting pitching as well. Texas acquired Kip Wells from the Pirates for Triple-A righthander Jesse Chavez.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Rangers Add Another Bat In Stairs

John Manuel -

New Royals general manager Dayton Moore continued Monday to do whatever he can to improve his organization for the future, trading 38-year-old Matt Stairs to the Rangers. Continuing a theme of most of Moore's initial deals, Kansas City acquired a promising if erratic arm in Triple-A righthander Joselo Diaz.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central