Former Cardinal Rick Ankiel traded to Atlanta Braves

CINCINNATI (AP) - The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves have

acquired outfielder Rick Ankiel, reliever Kyle Farnsworth and cash

from the Kansas City Royals in a five-player deal.

Atlanta sent pitchers Tim Collins and Jesse Chavez and

outfielder Gregor Blanco to Kansas City on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Ankiel hit .261 with four home runs and 15 RBIs

in 27 games for Kansas City.

The 34-year-old Farnsworth is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA.