Oakland Athletics

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HOUSTON — The Atlanta Braves traded yet another key player on Wednesday night, sending powerful Evan Gattis and right-hander James Hoyt to the Houston Astros for a trio of minor leaguers.

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NEW YORK -- Jeff Pentland has been hired to replace Kevin Long as the New York Yankees' hitting coach, and Joe Espada will take over as third base coach.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The busy Oakland Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers.

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PHOENIX -- Former Arizona third base coach Chip Hale was hired Monday to replace Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks manager.

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