The Cardinals have bolstered their bullpen for the stretch run by coming to terms with veteran left-hander and former Reds reliever Arthur Rhodes. The 41-year-old Rhodes, who made 135 appearances for Cincinnati over two seasons and was an All-Star last year with a 2.29 ERA, is scheduled to join St. Louis on Friday, before the start of three-game series against Colorado. The Cardinals will make a roster move to add Rhodes after reaching a deal with him Thursday.
Rhodes was released by Texas this week. He went 3-3 with a 4.81 ERA in 32 games for the Rangers. He held left-handed hitters to a .216 average in 37-at bats.
"Given our bullpen, I think it will be a nice lift to have that second lefty," General Manager John Mozeliak told MLB.com. "So yeah, I think it's an important guy to bring in. We've always had interest in him and just never been able to get a deal. So having him be a part of our bullpen, I think, will make sense and be a help."
UK's Rogers in Cape Cod finals
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Kentucky junior lefty Taylor Rogers tossed eight strong innings in the Cape Cod League playoffs Wednesday, leading the Harwich Mariners into the title series. Rogers dominated the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, allowing a run on four hits and striking out six without a walk in his second playoff start in the summer wooden-bat league for amateurs. Rogers' UK teammate, Tates Creek graduate Trevor Gott, also helped his CCBL team into the playoffs, falling in the first round. Gott was Reliever of the Year after posting a 1.29 ERA in 18 games with 12 saves.
Braves to retire Cox's number
Bobby Cox, who retired last year after 29 years as a manager, including 25 with Atlanta, said Wednesday he still watches every Braves game. And the man who was tossed from more games than any manager in history said he still finds himself in an argumentative mood after calls go against the Braves. Now there are no umpires around to hear his protests. "Just the wife," Cox said with a laugh. The Braves will retire his No. 6 before Friday night's game against the Cubs. Cox, 70, also will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
■ Jason Giambi is returning to the Rockies after helping the Colorado Springs Sky Sox pull out a win. Giambi went 3-for-3 to help the Sky Sox to a 7-5 win over the Memphis Redbirds. The 40-year-old has been on the DL since July 27 with a strained left quadriceps.
■ Yankees SS Derek Jeter had three singles — two infield hits — and a walk to raise his average in day games to .352 (38-for-108). He's batting .276 overall.
■ Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (knee surgery) is set to play in his first rehab game Friday, as a DH. On Saturday, he will play in the field. Manager Joe Girardi said he expects A-Rod back late next week.
■ Tigers OF Brennan Boesch is expected to miss a few games because of a sprained right thumb. No timetable was given for the return of one of the first-place club's top run producers.
■ Orioles RHP Jake Arrieta is scheduled to have season-ending surgery Friday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Arrieta has been on the DL since Aug. 6.