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BOSTON — The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoff run.

One of the AL West leaders’ top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.

Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It’s a serious blow to the Angels, who lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

“You’re going to be thinking of Garrett once every fifth day when he was out there,” manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. “You might not be able to replace that, but it doesn’t mean that we’re not going to be able to reach our goal as a cumulative pitching staff.”

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General manager Jerry Dipoto said “we’ll be open” about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.

Richards crumbled to the ground covering first base on a potential 3-6-1 double play against Boston.

Richards was taken off the field on a stretcher and was flown to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, where he had an MRI.

The Angels tweeted Richards will have surgery on Friday. The rehabilitation time should be six to nine months.

Meanwhile, the Angels acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Beckham has struggled offensively this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major-league experience.

He turns 28 on Sept. 16.

Beckham made his major-league debut in 2009 and hit .270 with 14 homers and 63 runs batted in in 103 games with the White Sox.

But he is batting .221 this year with seven homers and 36 RBI in 101 games. He also has a .981 fielding percentage.


• The Chicago Cubs have placed struggling right-hander Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a lat strain, and they put shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list.

The moves were made a day after Castro left the team because of a family emergency.

Bereavement-leave rules require that Castro must be out for three days and can miss a maximum of one week.

Jackson lasted only 22/3 innings Wednesday, allowing seven earned runs. He is 6-14 this season with a 6.09 ERA.

To fill their places, the Cubs called up left-hander Zac Rosscup and infielder Logan Watkins from Class AAA Iowa.

• Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera was the designated hitter one day after aggravating an old right ankle injury sliding at home plate Wednesday night. “Generally speaking, he’s fine,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander (sore right shoulder) threw a light bullpen session with “no issues” and is scheduled to start one game in Saturday’s doubleheader at Minnesota. He walked into Ausmus’ office after the mound session and high-fived the manager.

• New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka is ready to throw to hitters on the side Saturday in his latest comeback effort from an elbow tear.

The session will most likely be at Yankee Stadium.

Slumping Carlos Beltran again didn’t play Thursday for the Yankees because of his balky right elbow.

Beltran recently had his third cortisone shot.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team should have a “good idea by Saturday where we’re headed with this.”

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