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Yankees acquire Kearns, soon will acquire Berkman; see division lead trimmed to one

Shortly after tonight's 3-2 loss, the Yankees officially announced the deal for Austin Kearns:

"The New York Yankees tonight acquired outfielder Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash."

Kearns, 30, batted .272 (82-for-301) with 18 doubles, eight home runs, 42 RBI and 34 walks in 84 games with the Indians this season. He has made appearances at all three outfield positions in 2010 (68 games in left field, five games in centerfield and 14 games in right field). Kearns has hit .250 vs. left-handed pitchers this season, going 25-for-100 with two home runs, while batting .284 (57-for-201) with six home runs against right-handers.

Selected by Cincinnati in the first round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft (seventh overall), he has appeared in 926 career games, posting a .258 batting average with 173 doubles, 113 home runs and 464 RBI over parts of nine Major League seasons with Cincinnati (2002-06), Washington (2006-09) and Cleveland (2010)."

The deal for Lance Berkman is expected to go through Saturday.

"That's the great thing about the Yankees, they're always going to do what it takes to win," said Mark Teixeira, who said he knows both players well. "You saw that today getting two players that can help us." 

***Joe Girardi said of Phil Hughes tonight: "That’s as good game as he’s pitched all year."

With the exception of one pitch, a 2-and-2 fastball he left over the plate in the sixth to Matt Joyce that went for a three-run homer.

“I’ll be thinking about that pitch for a while,” Hughes said. “It leaked out over the plate and he didn’t miss it.”

Nick Swisher's two-run homer off Wade Davis gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead and for a while it appeared as if his 19th home run of the season would stand up.

"Hughesie threw an amazing game, no doubt," Swisher said. "It was just one pitch."

And a division lead that is now down to one.


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