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Bengie Molina Traded to Texas Rangers

Word of the San Francisco Giants trading catcher Bengie Molina to the Texas Rangers spread quickly following the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday, the deal became official.

Molina, who was still with the Giants on Thursday, will hop a on plane to Texas and be formally introduced as a Ranger.

In return, the Giants get RHP Chris Ray and minor league RHP Michael Main. Ray fly will to Colorado to join San Francisco while Main will head to Double-A Richmond.

Ray has a career record of 12-17 with a 4.01 ERA. He has accumulated 50 saves with 193 strikeouts in 226 games. While with the Baltimore Orioles, he served as the primary closer in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he earned a career-high 33 saves in 61 games. This season, the 28-year-old has a record of 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA, one save, 16 walks and 16 strikeouts.



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Oakland A’s Pitcher Dallas Braden: A Perfect Day for a Perfect Game

OAKLAND, Calif. Sometimes, things have a way of working out perfectly.

The often-overlooked Oakland Athletics took on the Tampa Bay Rays, the team with the best record in baseball, in the rubber match of the three-game series. Dallas Braden was Oakland’s starting pitcher, it was Mother’s Day, it was the first game of the Dallas Braden 209 promotion, and Braden’s grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, sat in attendance along with 30 of his closest childhood friends.

As if it was not by chance, but by fate, Dallas Braden threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history in the A’s 4-0 victory over the Rays.

“It’s pretty special. I don’t really know what to think of it yet. It’s still very fresh to me,” Braden said. “It’s some very select company and also if you look at those guys, the body of work that those other 18 individuals put together is something I probably would like to have—a little more than just this one day. There’s definitely more to do.”


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