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A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Irene cut a destructive path through the Caribbean on Monday, pounding Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with strong winds and rain as it followed a track that could carry it to the U.S. Southeast by the end of the week.
The Cleveland Indians have acquired reliever Joe Martinez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
Right-hander Joe Martinez has been designated for assignment, creating room for the Pittsburgh Pirates to add right-hander Kevin Correia to their 40-man roster.
San Francisco Giants left-hander Jeremy Affeldt has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.
"We must prepare for the worst and hope for the best," said Joe Martinez, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission.