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    The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline.>>
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    By The Associated Press Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for postseason aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal...>>
  • Defending champion Red Sox trade 5 players

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    The last-place Boston Red Sox have traded pitching for power.>>
    The last-place Boston Red Sox traded pitching for power.>>

Justin Sprenger and John Straka sat side-by-side on small folding chairs in front of their lockers inside the cramped home team's clubhouse at Avista Stadium late Monday afternoon.

The right-handed pitchers arrived earlier than the other Spokane Indians and they had the quiet clubhouse to themselves -- just them, a TV showing the Red Sox-Rays game and piles of baseball pants on a table in the middle of the room.

Then the madness descended onto the small room beneath the bleachers along the first-base line. Most of the Indians flew into town this afternoon and the team drove them to the stadium in vans. Once at the stadium, the players were able to pick out uniform and hat sizes and settle into their lockers. First-year Indians were able to scope out the field.

The Rangers announced on Monday evening that first-round pick Alex Gonzalez had been assigned to the Indians.

Most of the players were told of their Minor League assignment yesterday morning. For those that were selected last weekend in the first-year player draft, it's been quite the whirlwind.

"I was like, ‘All right, I've got family over, I've got to get this done by tonight and this done tomorrow,' so it was all kind of woven," said Straka, who was a 32nd-round pick out of North Dakota State. "It wasn't too bad. I'm glad I didn't have to sit around for a whole week at home. More so, just being anxious and getting excited to go out there."

The season starts with a 6:30 p.m. game Friday against Everett at Avista Stadium. For some of the Indians, though, the professional baseball season began months ago. Those drafted in past years and reporting to Spokane this season have been working in Extended Spring Training in Arizona.

It's been a tough couple months for pitcher Josh McElwee, who will look to right the ship in Spokane. McElwee played with the Indians last year and started this season with Single-A Hickory. But he wasn't able to perform well, posting a 10.13 ERA in 11 games.

So the Rangers sent him back to Arizona and now he makes a return trip to Spokane.

"I remember so many fans and fans coming to the games," McElwee said. "It's a great atmosphere to play baseball in. Especially, for most first-year guys coming right out of college or right out of the draft, it's a good atmosphere and it's a great place to play."

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  • Mariners Land Jackson As Part Of David Price Trade And Other Deadline Moves

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    The Seattle Mariners have acquired center fielder Austin Jackson from the Detroit Tigers as part of the three-team trade that sent 2012 Cy Young award winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays to Detroit, as confirmed by ESPN's Jayson Stark.The Mariners sent infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay as part of the deal, while it is reported that Detroit sent left hand pitcher Drew Smyly and infield prospect Willy Adames to complete the haul for Price.In Jackson the Mariners get the consistent out...>>
  • Beast Mode Holdout Ends, Lynch Shows Up To Seahawks Practice

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  • Volcanoes Edge Past Tri-City

    Volcanoes Edge Past Tri-City

    The Tri-City Dust Devils scored five runs in the second inning, but the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes used a four-run rally in the ninth to take an 8-7 victory Wednesday night at Gesa Stadium.>>
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  • Hillsboro Hops Past Spokane, Indians Fall 9-1

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    The Spokane Indians opened up their five-game series against the Hillsboro Hops at Avista Stadium on Wednesday, July 30, and things did not go quite as expected as Spokane fell to the Hops 9-1.>>
    The Spokane Indians opened up their five-game series against the Hillsboro Hops at Avista Stadium on Wednesday, July 30, and things did not go quite as expected as Spokane fell to the Hops 9-1.>>
  • SLIDESHOW: Spokane Indians Bark In The Park

    SLIDESHOW: Spokane Indians Bark In The Park

    The Spokane Indians hosted their annual Bark in the Park night at Avista Stadium, where some of the area's four-legged friends were able to watch America's past time up close and personal with their owners.>>
    The Spokane Indians hosted their annual Bark in the Park night at Avista Stadium, where some of the area's four-legged friends were able to watch America's past time up close and personal with their owners.
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  • Vancouver Ends Indians Winning Streak

    Vancouver Ends Indians Winning Streak

    The Spokane Indians came into Tuesday's clash with the Vancouver Canadians riding high on a three game winning streak, and after opening up a 4-0 lead things looked promising, but things all came crashing down as the Canadians pulled out a 11-6 win at Avista Stadium on July 29. 
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    The Spokane Indians came into Tuesday's clash with the Vancouver Canadians riding high on a three game winning streak, and after opening up a 4-0 lead things looked promising, but things all came crashing down as the Canadians pulled out a 11-6 win at Avista Stadium on July 29. 

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