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[August 22, 2014]  Aug 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards sustained a torn patellar tendon in his left knee during a nasty tumble Wednesday night and will undergo season-ending surgery next week.

Richards' knee buckled when he was covering first base during a game against the Boston Red Sox. He was treated on the field for 10 minutes before being carted off on a stretcher.

The expected recovery time from the surgery is six to nine months, which could extend into the start of the 2015 season.

The loss of Richards is a big blow for the first-place Angels in their bid to win the American League West title.

Richards was having an ace-like season with a 13-4 record and a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts.

The Angels acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash and a player to be named, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Beckham is batting .221 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 390 at-bats. He is a career .244 hitter in six seasons with the White Sox.

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All-Stars Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Yasiel Puig and Albert Pujols lead the major league roster that will travel to Japan in November for a five-game series against Samurai Japan, the country's national team, in All-Star Series 2014.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will manage the team.

The 11th All-Star Series, and 36th MLB-Japanese exhibition dating back to 1908, will begin Nov. 11.

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New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has progressed to live batting practice and will face hitters Saturday, his first exposure to hitters since being diagnosed with a partially torn right elbow ligament.

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Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka, who threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Aug. 16, was able to mix split-finger fastballs and breaking pitches in Wednesday's 35-pitch workout.

Tanaka has been on the disabled list since July 9. The club hopes he can avoid season-ending surgery and return in September.

The Yankees recalled utility man Zelous Wheeler from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and 0ptioned right-hander Chase Whitley.

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Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander is planning to start Saturday at Minnesota after pain-free throwing sessions in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Verlander missed his previous start with shoulder pain.

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The Cincinnati Reds promoted right-hander David Holmberg and right-hander Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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