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Angels trade for closer Huston Street in deal with Padres

By Staff and news reports

July 19, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott from the San Diego Padres for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris in a trade on Friday night.


Street (1-0) has 24 saves in 25 opportunities and a 1.09 ERA in 33 games this season.


“Were it not for the fact that we had the ability to control Huston for a year and two months, it would have been far more difficult to justify giving up the type of package that we gave up to get him,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said.


In 10 major league seasons with Oakland (2005-08), Colorado (2009-11) and San Diego (2012-14), Street is 35-27 with 258 saves and a 2.87 ERA.


He has converted 109 of his last 117 save chances, the best mark in the majors in that span.


Street, fifth on the active list in saves and 31st overall, said the Padres were upfront with him regarding the trade talks.


“I asked questions and they gave me direct answers,” said Street, who was acquired by the Padres after the 2011 season. “They were extremely honest, said they were fielding offers, and asked me to not be offended.”


Gott, 21, has split this season between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio. In 39 combined relief outings, he is 2-4 with 16 saves and a 3.56 ERA.


He was chosen as a mid-season California League All-Star.


Lindsey, a 22-year-old second baseman, was the No. 37 pick by the Angels in the 2010 draft. In four-plus minor league seasons campaigns, he has batted .289 with 43 home runs and 209 RBI.


Stewart drives sprint car


in Michigan


AUBURN, Mich. — Tony Stewart was back in a sprint car on Friday night, winning a race in the same series he raced in when he broke two bones in his right leg.


It was unknown if this is Stewart’s first sprint car race this season because he didn’t announce when he’d compete.


Stewart is available because the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend.


Stewart’s runs were posted on Facebook and Twitter. Stewart posted his result on Twitter early Saturday morning.


“If you haven’t heard already, I ran my sprint car tonight and won! Felt great to run it again. Was a 2nd place car but had a little luck :),” he wrote.


Dirt track star Dustin Daggett tweeted a photo of Stewart’s No. 14 car at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan. Daggett also tweeted, “Raced hard in heat against Tony Stewart! But we got him, now for the Feature!”


Columbus Grove to host


OSHAA fall meeting


COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove High School will host its mandatory Ohio High School Athletic Association fall meeting for all parents and athletes entering grades seven through 12. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school gymnasium. Fall athletes and their parents are required to be there.


Tigers recall


right-hander Knebel


The Detroit Tigers have recalled right-handed reliever Corey Knebel from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.


Right-hander Chad Smith was optioned to Toledo after Friday night’s game. The Tigers have also transferred right-hander Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list.


Knebel has allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Tigers this season.


The Tigers signed Hanrahan around the beginning of May, hoping he could provide a boost for Detroit’s bullpen at some point, but he’s still working his way back after having elbow surgery in May 2013.


Sebastien Bourdais wins


IndyCar pole at Toronto


TORONTO — Sebastien Bourdais won his first open-wheel pole since 2007 on Saturday, taking the top spot for the first IndyCar Series race of a doubleheader weekend at Toronto.


Bourdais’ lap of 58.9479 seconds (107.179 mph) on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit at Exhibition Place earned him his 32nd career pole. He won his first pole since Sept. 2, 2007, at Assen, Netherlands, driving for Champ Car. He’s now tied with Michael Andretti for eighth on the career open wheel poles list.


Will Power joins Bourdais on the front row for Saturday’s race. Points leader Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan completed the top six.