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Angels acquire Arizona ace Haren

2nd player hit in head by foul ball

Dodgers pitcher Carlos Monasterios was struck on the right side of the head by a foul ball off the bat of Carlos Beltran while sitting in the Los Angeles dugout in the fourth inning of a game against the Mets on Sunday.

A Dodgers spokesman said that Monasterios never lost consciousness. Monasterios was examined by team physician Neal ElAttrache and appeared to be doing fine, adding that Monasterios does not appear to have any signs of a concussion.

The accident occurred less than 24 hours after Giants outfielder Eugenio Velez was struck on the left side of his head by teammate Pat Burrell's foul ball while he was in the dugout during a game against the Diamondbacks. Velez sustained a concussion and spent the night in the hospital.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday he was doing well and was expected to be released before the team heads back to San Francisco.

The Giants placed Velez on the 15-day disabled list.

Dan Haren was traded to the Los Angeles Angels by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday for left-hander Joe Saunders and three other players.

The last-place Diamondbacks also get right-hander Rafael Rodriguez, minor-league pitcher Patrick Corbin and a player to be named.

A three-time All-Star, Haren was one of the most prized pitchers available as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. He joins a Los Angeles rotation that is solid up front but is missing injured left-hander Scott Kazmir.

"A top-of-the-rotation guy that's going to help us not just this year but years down the road," Angels General Manager Tony Reagins said.

Haren has averaged 15 wins over the past five seasons and is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts this year. He was tied for the NL lead with 141 strikeouts through Saturday's games.

Saunders, an All-Star in 2008, was 6-10 with a 4.62 ERA in 20 starts for the Angels this year.

Short hops

■ ESPN analyst and former Mets and Rangers manager Bobby Valentine said he's interested in taking over for retiring Cubs manager Lou Piniella after this season. Valentine said the Cubs job was "one of the most coveted positions in all of sports." Valentine spoke before Sunday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals.

Carlos Zambrano will likely make one more appearance with Triple-A Iowa before rejoining the Cubs next weekend. He will probably return during their series at Colorado, Piniella said.

■ The Tigers placed outfielder Magglio Ordonez and second baseman Carlos Guillen on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Ordonez fractured his right ankle and Guillen strained his right calf in Saturday night's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Orlando Hudson was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Twins, who wanted to give their second baseman sufficient time to recover from a strained muscle in his right ribcage.

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