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
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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
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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.
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
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