Cards Aquire Masterson

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfield prospect James Ramsey on Wednesday. Masterson, a towering right-hander at 6-foot-6, has gone just 4-6 with a 5.51 earned run average over 19 starts this season. He has been sidelined since July 7 thanks to right knee inflammation, and was placed on the disabled list one day later. The 29-year-old veteran was scheduled to be activated from the DL on Friday, and is expected to join the Cardinals when they return to St. Louis that day, before making his National League debut on Saturday against Milwaukee. Born in Jamaica but raised outside of Dayton, Masterson departs northeast Ohio with a 48-61 record, 4.23 ERA and seven complete games since arriving in July 2009 from the Red Sox. The 2013 All-Star also pitched parts of two seasons in Boston and owns a career mark of 57-69 with a 4.16 ERA. Ramsey has spent the entire 2014 season with Double-A Springfield, where he has batted .300 while collecting 13 home runs, 14 doubles, 36 RBI and 47 runs scored over 67 appearances. St. Louis also announced that pitcher Michael Wacha was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, and that a corresponding 25-man roster move will be made prior to Friday's contest.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

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2015 marks the first time in the history of Washington Post 218 American Legion Baseball that all three teams in the program have qualified for state tournament play. The Freshmen team played in the state tournament in Springfield earlier this month. The Juniors won state in Blue Springs last weekend and the Seniors are going to the state tournament in Sedalia this week.