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Briefs

Giants trade for Peavy

– The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy, a former Wizard, from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.

The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will start tonight’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants have plenty of familiarity with Peavy, a former Wizard who pitched for manager Bruce Bochy with the San Diego Padres in the playoffs in 2005-06.

“It’s great to be reunited with Jake,” Bochy said by text message. “Look forward to working with him again.”

San Francisco received cash from Boston and is sending right-hander Heath Hembree and lefty Edwin Escobar to the World Series champion Red Sox in the swap.

Around the leagues

The Chicago Cubs optioned right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa and recalled right-handed pitcher Blake Parker. … The New York Mets placed relief pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 25, with right elbow inflammation

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