Major League Baseball
Phillies add All-Star pitcher Oswalt
PHILADELPHIA - There's a new Roy in town - and he's an ace, too. Three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt gave his OK to a trade from Houston to Philadelphia on Thursday, becoming the latest star pitcher to join the hard-charging Phillies. After getting Roy Halladay in the offseason, the two-time defending NL champions got Oswalt and a sizable amount of cash from the Astros for pitcher J.A. Happ and two speedy prospects, outfielder Anthony Gose and shortstop Jonathan Villar. Oswalt joins a rotation that includes Halladay, acquired from Toronto in the offseason, and Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP. Oswalt is scheduled to make his debut for the Phillies tonight, starting at Washington."We're trying to do what we can to get back to the World Series and win it," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "To have Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay and additionally Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick, we stack ourselves up as one of the best rotations in baseball." This was the second straight year the Phillies made a major trade for a pitcher in the days leading up to the July 31 deadline. Last season, they got Cliff Lee and he boosted them to another NL pennant - Lee was then sent to Seattle in a separate deal on the same day the Phillies acquired Halladay. "I'm excited," Halladay said. "It says a lot that this team is dedicated to winning." St. Louis also had been bargaining for Oswalt. He had a no-trade clause in his contract and was able to decide whether to accept any deal. Showalter to be Orioles' manager BALTIMORE - Buck Showalter was hired to manage the Orioles, his latest rebuilding project in a major-league career full of them. Showalter's first game will be Tuesday night at Camden Yards against the Los Angeles Angels. Baltimore had the worst record in the majors at 31-70 going into Thursday night against Kansas City and is headed toward its 13th straight losing season. The Orioles fired Manager Dave Trembley on June 4 and replaced him on an interim basis with Juan Samuel. "Buck Showalter's proven track record makes him the right choice for manager of the Orioles," president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said in a statement. "We believe Buck's extensive experience and expertise will be a major benefit to us as we look towards a more successful future." The Orioles also sent infielder Miguel Tejada to NL West-leading San Diego, receiving Double-A right-handed pitcher Wynn Pelzer in return. NATIONALS: Rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. RANGERS: AL West-leading Texas added another bat for the stretch, getting third baseman Jorge Cantu from the Marlins for two minor-league pitchers. Cantu hit .262 with 10 home runs and 54 RBIs for Florida. The Rangers already have All-Star Michael Young at third base - Cantu said in recent days he was prepared to switch back to his former spot at first base.