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Former Phillies catcher Daulton dies of cancer

Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, has died. He was 55.

He had battled brain cancer since 2013 and had two tumors removed during surgery in 2013. But nine days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma — an aggressive form of brain cancer that also took the lives of his former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich.

Daulton played 14½ of his 15 major-league seasons with Philadelphia and finished his career with the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins, batting .389 with two doubles and one homer in a seven-game series against Cleveland.

The lefthanded hitting Daulton batted .245 with 137 homers and 588 RBIs in 1,161 games. He went to three All-Star games and had 109 RBIs in 1992 to lead the National League.

The long-haired Daulton was beloved by Phillies fans and respected by teammates.

Mariners get Alonso • The Seattle Mariners acquired All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Oakland Athletics for minor-league outfielder Boog Powell. The Mariners, who haven’t been in the postseason since 2001, trail Kansas City by 1½ games for the final wild-card spot.

Alonso, 30, is hitting .266 with 17 doubles, 22 home runs and 49 RBIs and ranks second among American League first basemen in slugging percentage (.527). Alonso, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is a lefthanded hitter and could platoon at first base with Danny Valencia.

“It’s a balance (Alonso) brings to our lineup — especially looking ahead, we’ve got quite a stretch of righthanded starters that we are seeing over the next three weeks,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

Powell hit .194 in 23 games in three stints with Seattle this year. He has spent most of the season with Triple-A Tacoma, hitting .340.

In another trade, the Mariners acquired pitcher Ryan Garton and catcher Mike Marjama from the Rays for Double-A pitcher Anthony Misiewicz, low-A infielder Luis Rengifo and a player to be announced.

Scherzer set to return • Nationals staff ace Max Scherzer is scheduled to return to the mound Monday when Washington entertains Miami. Scherzer (Parkway Central High, University of Missouri) last pitched Tuesday, when he left after one inning because of neck soreness that he said was caused by sleeping awkwardly. Scherzer, who said he saw a chiropractor for treatment, originally had been scheduled to pitch Sunday but was pushed back to give him additional time to recover.

Royals lose Perez • Kansas City put catcher Salvador Perez on the 10-day disabled because of a strained chest muscle, an injury he suffered while swinging the bat Friday. The five-time All-Star is hitting .278 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs. Drew Butera, who is hitting .245 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 94 at-bats, will do the majority of the catching in Perez’s absence. Royals manager Ned Yost said the “worst-case scenario” for Perez being out is four weeks, but is hopeful it will be in the 10- to 14-day range.

Yanks bench Sanchez • Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who has had major defensive problems this season, was benched for the second straight game.

He leads the majors in passed balls (12) and manager Joe Girardi has stressed to the 24-year-old that he has to get better at blocking pitches or his playing time will be affected again.

“The message came from us verbally — ‘Your defense needs to improve. You need to get better at it. You need to work at it,’” said Girardi, who caught for 15 seasons in the majors. “He’s worked at it, but we’ve expressed how important it is.”

Sanchez, who is hitting .265 with 17 homers and 52 RBIs, was surprised to not be in the lineup.

“I’m not perfect,” he said. “The bottom line is I have to improve.”

Springer on comeback trail • Astros outfielder George Springer, who has been sidelined since July 25 because of a strained thigh, could come off the disabled list as soon as Tuesday — when the Astros open a series on the road against the White Sox. Springer is hitting .303 with 27 homers and 66 RBIs.

Sano not likely to go on DL • Twins third baseman Miguel Sano missed his second straight game because of a sore left hand, which was hit by a pitch Friday. Manager Paul Molitor said a stint on the disabled list is unlikely for Sano, whose 25 homers and 71 RBIs lead the team.

Strikeout festival • The Brewers and Rays, the major leagues’ team leaders in strikeouts, combined for 60 in a three-game series — including 18 in Sunday’s finale. There was at least one strikeout in all but one the 26 full innings played.

Elsewhere • The Reds placed Robert Stephenson on the disabled list because of a sore pitching shoulder. He’s the eighth Cincinnati starting hurler to go on the DL this season. And Scott Feldman, who was expected to start Monday against the Padres, but has been pushed back a few days to give him more time to recover from a sore right knee.

• Second baseman Jason Kipnis was activated from the disabled list and went 0 for four as the Indians lost to the Yankees, striking out three times in his first game since July 8. He had been out because of a strained hamstring.

• Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (strained foot) thinks he will be able to return when he is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list next Sunday.

• White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson missed his fifth straight game because of a bruised wrist.

• Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu (bruised arm) is out indefinitely.

• Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (concussion) is out indefinitely.

• The Tigers placed shortstop Jose Iglesias on the bereavement list.

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