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Bronx, NY - The New York Yankees acquired left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis in a trade with the Oakland Athletics on Friday. Warren Moon Jersey . The deal sent Francis and cash considerations to New York for a player to be named later. The Yankees needed to add depth to their rotation with ace Masahiro Tanaka out indefinitely. Tanaka has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and with successful rehab could return in approximately six weeks. Francis, a first-round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2002, was recently designated for assignment by the Athletics after recording a 6.08 ERA in nine relief appearances over 13 1/3 innings. The veteran has a 5.89 ERA in 10 games with Oakland and the Cincinnati Reds this season. For his career, the 33-year-old has a record of 70-80 with a 4.95 ERA and 847 strikeouts in 238 games. The Yankees also designated right-hander Jim Miller for assignment and recalled right-hander Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Willie Lanier Jersey . Its the second of three meetings between these teams this season. Vancouver was a 2-1 winner on home ice December 22nd. Travis Kelce Jersey . He insists hes not counting. "If youre thinking hits, youre not paying attention to wins," Altuve said Sunday after leading the Houston Astros past the Texas Rangers 3-2.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Kei Nishikori of Japan captured his third title of 2014 with a straight-set victory over Julien Benneteau in the final of the Malaysian Open, keeping the Frenchman winless in 10 career title matches. Nishikori, the U.S. Open runner-up, claimed a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 triumph on Sunday for his sixth career title. He previously won this year in Memphis and Barcelona. In addition to his loss to Marin Cilic at Flushing Meadows earlier this month, he was also beaten by Rafael Nadal in the Madrid final. Not only did Benneteau drop to 0-10 in finals, he also lost the title match at this event for the third year in a row. Joao Sousa beat him last year and Juan Monaco knocked him off in 2012. I tried to play my best and I almost did it, lamented Benneteau. Im disappointed with the loss, but very happy with the level of my game. Its hard to keep that level of intensity inn every point and every game. Sammy Watkins Jersey . I need to improve this to be more consistent. Benneteau had a chance to serve for the first set, but Nishikori finally converted a break after missing on his first nine chances. After winning the tiebreaker, Nishikori picked up the only break of the second set, saving two against his own serve. It was a really tough start, because he was playing so aggressive, said Nishikori. I was waiting for my opportunity. I had so many break points and I couldnt take them. In the last game, he got a little bit tight and I took my chance. After that I played much better and I think he was getting a little bit tired in the second set. I tried to raise my level. It wasnt my best tennis, but its good to win like this. Nishikori, who picked up a first prize of $165,000, improved to 6-4 all-time in finals and 3-1 lifetime against Benneteau. ' ' '