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Yankees Designate Roberts for Assignment After Acquiring Drew

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees designated second baseman Brian Roberts for assignment, a day after acquiring infielder Stephen Drew from the Boston Red Sox.

Drew is starting at second base and batting eighth for the Yankees in tonight’s game at Boston. The Yankees acquired Drew from the Red Sox yesterday -- the first trade between the division rivals since 1997 -- and also got Martin Prado, who plays both infield and outfield, from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Roberts, 36, appeared in 91 games for the Yankees this season and batted .237 with five home runs, 21 runs batted in and seven stolen bases. The team has 10 days to trade, release or send Roberts to the minor leagues.

Drew, 31, hit .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 39 games for Boston.

The Yankees also optioned infielder Zelous Wheeler and outfielder Zoilo Almonte to their Triple-A minor-league affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at Dex McLuskey, Rob Gloster

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