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PITTSBURGH - A day after falling out of first place, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a trade they feel will bolster their offence. Saucony Grid 9000 Sale . And it was welcome news to manager Clint Hurdle and his players. The Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday, hoping the veterans can help the franchise to its first playoff berth in 21 years. The Pirates began the day a half-game behind St. Louis in the National League Central after the Cardinals took sole possession of first place Monday night with an 8-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates were idle. The Pirates sent the Mets minor league infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later in exchange for Byrd, Buck and cash considerations. Pittsburgh had claimed Byrd off waivers and were able to work out the four-player deal with New York. "Its pretty neat to see us make a move like this," Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said. "We didnt expect something to happen this late. You usually figure it is something that would happen at the (July 31 non-waiver) trade deadline. "But these are established guys who can help us get to where we want to go." Byrd, 35, is hitting .285 with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs this season, including .345 with seven homers against left-handers, and will give Pittsburgh needed depth in the outfield while leadoff hitter Starling Marte recovers from a sprained right hand. Buck, 33, is batting .215 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs. Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Bucks 63 home runs as a catcher rank third in the majors. He will back up Russell Martin. Both players are expected to join the Pirates for Wednesday nights game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Neither Byrd, a 12-year veteran, or Buck, in his 10th season, have played in the post-season. "Marlon Byrd is an impactful bat with significant numbers against left-handed pitching and John Buck is a strong receiver who works well with a pitching staff," Hurdle said. "Those were areas we were looking to improve upon and strengthen and the trade also adds a couple of layers of experience to our club." Mets manager Terry Collins was sad to see Byrd and Buck go, calling them "two very good professionals." "I cant tell you how much value they brought to this team," Collins said. Pittsburgh is searching for offence to take some of the pressure off a pitching staff that has carried the team for long stretches during the first five months of the season. The Pirates lead the majors with a 3.21 ERA, though there have been signs of wear and tear this month. Pittsburgh is 11-12 in August and has seen a 4-game lead over St. Louis two weeks ago turn into a virtual tie. Byrd has been red hot since the All-Star break, hitting .311 with 11 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 38 games. His presence should help an offence that is batting just .244 on the year, including an abysmal .223 with runners in scoring position, the second-lowest average in baseball. Ironically, it was Marlon Byrd T-shirt night on Tuesday in New York as the Mets hosted the Philadelphia Phillies. The 19-year-old Herrera is hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs for Class A West Virginia. He played in the All-Star Futures Game last month at Citi Field. The Mets assigned Herrera to their Class A Savannah farm club and he will participate in the South Atlantic League playoffs. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he did not regret waiting until late August to trade Byrd rather than at the non-waiver deadline. "At the end of July, it was a 29-team market. Now, it was a one-team market," Alderson said. "We felt we got a better package now than in July." Regardless of when the deal was done, Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington was happy with it. "The cost wasnt cheap because we gave up a good prospect and the second player is also going to be a good piece," Huntington said. "But our goal is to push this club forward and play deep into October, just not get there." Both teams made a series of roster moves in tandem with the trade. The Mets selected the contract of outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas and also recalled catcher Anthony Recker and left-hander Robert Carson from Las Vegas. Ace pitcher Matt Harvey on the 15-day disabled list with a tear in his right elbow. The Pirates cleared spots on the 40-man roster by designating infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler for assignment and recalling right-hander Kyle McPherson from Triple-A Indianapolis and placing him on the 60-day disabled list. McPherson underwent ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow July 10. Pittsburgh will make corresponding 25-man roster moves Wednesday. Saucony Shadow 6000 Sale . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Saucony Shadow 5000 Og Suede .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. . Coach Mike Munchak says Fokou stretched ligaments in his left knee Oct. 13 against Seattle, which could keep out up to five weeks even though the linebacker didnt need surgery. TORONTO -- Its two points in the standings but it means much more than that to Kevin Glenn and the Calgary Stampeders. Glenn threw two first-half TD passes before leaving for precautionary reasons as injury-plagued Calgary beat the Toronto Argonauts 35-14 on Friday night in a rematch of last years Grey Cup game. The Stampeders (6-2) won despite missing veteran slotback Nik Lewis (fractured fibula), receiver Maurice Price (ankle), offensive lineman Dimitri Tsoumpas (concussion) and running back Jon Cornish (thigh contusion). "It shows a lot about our character and how well we prepare, how we believe in each other," Glenn said. "Your star running back and receiver go down and we still have faith and confidence in the guy whos going to step up and play next. "We all believe in each other, its really a good team atmosphere and I think that carries over on the field." Glenn, starting with incumbent Drew Tate (arm) out, suffered a head injury at 1:06 of the fourth quarter after being taken down by Toronto tackle Khalif Mitchell. Glenn left as per the CFLs concussion protocol but said afterwards he was OK. "I had a little headache but its gone and I feel fine," he said. "I remembered the play and everything that happened so it was more so just a precaution. "This stuff is serious so you have to be cautious when it happens." Third-stringer Bo Levi Mitchell took over and scored on an 11-yard run at 4:04 to put Calgary ahead 29-14, set up by Jonathan Hefneys 36-yard return of Chad Owens fumble. Glenn threw second-quarter TD passes to Marquay McDaniel and Tim Hawthorne to stake Calgary to a 21-14 half-time lead after Toronto (5-3) lost starter Ricky Ray. Ray suffered a shoulder injury at 8:41 of the first and was replaced by sophomore Zach Collaros after being hit by Charleston Hughes. Ray will be evaluated Saturday. "Its tough to see your starting quarterback go down but you dont have time to feel for Ricky," Argos coach Scott Milanovich said. "Thats the job of the backup quarterback. "Its never easy to come off the bench with no reps, especially on a short week. Their guy (Mitchell) had to do the same thing." Ray completed his first five passes before a Rogers Centre gathering of 21,157, including a 19-yard TD strike to Jason Barnes at 5:10 to open the scoring. Ray, who guided Toronto past Calgary 35-22 in the 100th Grey Cup game last November at Rogers Centre, capped an eight-play, 65-yard march set up by Cleyon Laings recovery of McDaniels fumble following a 29-yard reception on the games first offensive play. Ray returned to Torontos bench in the third and wasnt wearing a shoulder harness. Ray said afterwards he didnt think he suffered a shoulder separation and was held out for precautionary reasons. Ray came in having complleted 64-of-73 passes (87. Saucony Sneakers Kopen. 7 per cent) for 851 yards and eight touchdowns over his three previous starts. He was the CFLs offensive player of the week after finishing 30-of-35 passing for 413 yards and three TDs in a 36-33 home win over Edmonton on Sunday. Collaros led Toronto past B.C. 38-12 on July 30 when Ray had a knee injury but couldnt duplicate that feat Friday, finishing 16-of-26 passing for 221 yards and an interception, the Argos first this season. "We felt we couldve won regardless of losing Ricky," said Barnes, who had five catches for 106 yards and a TD. "We have a specific package with Zach and he knows what to do. "We just couldnt extend any long drives and they outplayed us." Calgary head coach/general manager John Hufnagel had nothing but praise for his club. "We held a very high-scoring offence to 14 points, thats pretty good," he said. "I know theyre missing their starting quarterback but so are we. "Im very proud of this football team just because of what theyve had to contend with up to this point. They had full confidence if they played their game that they had a chance to win the game and thats what they did." Glenn finished 14-of-20 passing for 228 yards and the two TDs. Jonathan Williams and Matt Walter combined for 138 yards rushing in place of Cornish, the 2012 CFL rushing leader whos second this year with 749 yards. Williams, a former practice roster player, had 82 yards on 18 carries while Walter added 56 yards on 10 carries. "It was like, Jon Cornish who? Glenn said with a chuckle. "They both took advantage of opportunities. "Jon being a guy who was on the practice roster and hadnt suited up since preseason coming in here and doing the kind of things he was doing, everyone on the team had confidence in him. Now the rest of the CFL, the rest of Canada has seen what he can do." Calgary earned its fifth straight win over an East Division team and beat Toronto for the first time in six regular-season meetings. Kicker Rene Paredes booted three field goals but had his CFL record-streak end at 39 straight when he missed from 22 yards in the fourth for a single. Rene also had three converts while the other points came on two safeties. Barnes and Curtis Steele had Torontos touchdowns. Noel Prefontaine added the converts. NOTES: Toronto honoured members of the 83 Grey Cup-winning team at halftime. The victory in 1983 ended Torontos 31-year Grey Cup drought . . . . Toronto linebacker Marcus Ball was a late scratch. Linebacker Major Culbert was promoted from the practice roster to take Balls spot . . Hufnagel is the leagues longest tenured head coach, joining the Stampeders prior to the 08 season . . . Ray made his 169th career start while Glenn started his 145th career contest. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '