MLB notes: Legends join Royals in affiliation switch

The Lexington Legends announced a new Major League Baseball affiliation on Thursday, switching from the Houston Astros to the Kansas City Royals.

The Legends' new player development contract with Kansas City runs through the 2016 season.

Lexington was an affiliate of the Astros since the team began play in 2001.

The Legends will continue to play in the Class A South Atlantic League.

The Royals' previous Class A affiliate was the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League.

"We have long coveted the South Atlantic League as one of the best leagues in baseball for developing young players," said Royals Director of Minor League Operations Scott Sharp. "The fact that we get the chance to join the league in one of the finest facilities with a strong ownership group and front-office staff is a tremendous bonus."

Legends Chairman Bill Shea and President and COO Andy Shea were tied to the Kansas City organization through their five-year ownership of the Omaha club, the Royals' Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. The Sheas sold their interest in the Storm Chasers earlier this year.

"The Legends want to thank the Astros for all their support over the first 12 years of our existence. We can't tell you how much we respect and greatly appreciate all the hard work and dedication they've shown us over the years." said Legends General Manager Seth Poteat.

Carpenter returns for the race

St. Louis RHP Chris Carpenter makes his season debut in Chicago on Friday. He returns to the mound for the first time since leading the Cardinals to a Game 7 win in last year's World Series. Carpenter underwent what was believed to be season-ending surgery in July after experiencing numbness and weakness in his right shoulder, arm and neck during spring training. He leaps right into the pennant race as the Cardinals are 2½ games up for the second NL wild-card spot with 12 games remaining.


Athletics LHP Brett Anderson will miss the rest of the regular season because of a strain of his right oblique. A's Manager Bob Melvin said he doesn't know whether Anderson would be available if Oakland reaches the postseason. The Athletics are tied with Baltimore for the AL wild-card lead. Anderson is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six games.

Short hops

Detroit C Alex Avila is no longer having headaches, according to Manager Jim Leyland. Avila sprained his jaw when he collided with Prince Fielder chasing a foul ball on Sunday.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira plans on traveling to Tampa on Monday to rehabilitate his strained left calf during instructional league games at New York's minor-league complex.

The two-time All-Star has played just once since Aug. 27, reinjuring the calf on Sept. 8 at Baltimore when he dived into first base on a game-ending play.