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Cubs deal righty reliever Tepera to crosstown White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) Reliable reliever Ryan Tepera is heading from the North Side to the South Side.

The struggling Chicago Cubs traded the 33-year-old right-hander to the crosstown White Sox on Thursday for minor league lefty Bailey Horn, giving the AL Central-leading White Sox some bullpen help for the rest of the season and maybe the playoffs, too.

"It's kind of a unique thing for a trade to happen between crosstown rivals. I'm excited," Tepera said. "Obviously going to a first-place team, playoff contention, I'm looking forward to it."

It was the second trade of the day for the White Sox, who also acquired slugging second baseman Cesar Hernandez from the Cleveland Indians.

Tepera is 0-2 with a 2.91 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings this season and has allowed just one home run over his last 36 appearances. Over his seven-year major league career with Toronto and the Cubs, he's 12-14 with a 3.54 ERA in 279 1/3 innings.

"Ryan has been an extremely reliable bullpen arm this season and throughout his career," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "We are very pleased to add him to our talented and versatile group of relievers. Across his career with the Blue Jays and Cubs, Ryan has succeeded in a variety of situations and has the ability to get both lefties and righties out at very high rates."

Horn is a combined 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 14 appearances for Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem.

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Updated July 29, 2021

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