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Nats get Mad­son and Doolit­tle from A’s

Look­ing to for­tify a bullpen that has blown more than one-third of its save chances, the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als ac­quired re­liev­ers Ryan Mad­son and Sean Doolit­tle from the Oak­land Ath­let­ics for right-han­der Blake Treinen and a pair of prospects. Left-han­der Je­sus Luzardo and in­fielder Shel­don Neuse were sent to Oak­land as part of Sun­day’s Ma­jor League Base­ball deal. A 36-year-old right-han­der, Mad­son has a 2.06 ERA and is sev­enth among re­liev­ers in hits plus walks per in­ning at 0.79. He has not al­lowed any of the seven in­her­ited run­ners to score in his past 13 ap­pear­ances and has held op­po­nents to a .188 bat­ting av­er­age. Doolit­tle is a 30-year-old left-han­der who has held lefthanded bat­ters hit­less in 23 at-bats this year with 12 strike­outs and no walks. He is 1-0 with three saves, a 3.38 ERA and 31 strike­outs in 21 1/3 in­nings. Na­tional League East-lead­ing Wash­ing­ton has a strong ro­ta­tion led by Max Scherzer (11-5), Stephen Stras­burg (9-3) and Gio Gon­za­lez (8-4) but has con­verted just 22 of 36 save chances. Treinen, 29, started the sea­son as Wash­ing­ton’s closer and is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 37 re­lief ap­pear­ances.


Far­rell says Sox will file for­mal protest

Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell says Bos­ton will move for­ward with a for­mal protest over the lack of an in­ter­fer­ence call in a 4-1, 16-in­ning loss to the New York Yan­kees. Hol­l­i­day walked lead­ing of the 11th Satur­day and Ja­coby Ells­bury fol­lowed with a grounder to first base­man Mitch More­land, who threw to sec­ond for a force­out. Hol­l­i­day re­treated to­ward first and slid into the bag as short­stop Xan­der Bo­gaerts’ throw ar­rived. More­land wasn’t able to reach the ball, which hit Ells­bury and bounced into foul ter­ri­tory. Far­rell ar­gued for an in­ter­fer­ence call, but um­pires al­lowed Ells­bury to stay on first.


Dodgers win ninth straight game

Justin Turner home­red and sin­gled to in­crease his bat­ting av­er­age to .374, and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers ex­tended their win­ning streak to nine games Sun­day by beat­ing the Mi­ami Mar­lins, 3-2, in Na­tional League base­ball ac­tion. Five Los An­ge­les pitch­ers com­bined for 16 strike­outs with no walks. Ken­ley Jansen got the fi­nal four outs for his 23rd save in as many chances. The Dodgers (64-29) climbed 35 games above .500 for the first time since 1977 by com­plet­ing their 11th sweep of the year, most in the ma­jors. They’ve won 29 of their past 33 games and have the best record in the big leagues.


Quin­tana daz­zles in Cubs de­but

Jose Quin­tana daz­zled in his de­but for the Chicago Cubs, strik­ing out a sea­son-high 12 in seven sharp in­nings to beat the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, 8-0, in in­ter­league base­ball play Sun­day for a three-game sweep. Ac­quired by the World Se­ries cham­pi­ons dur­ing the al­ls­tar break from the Chicago White Sox for a play­off push, the lefty ace al­lowed three hits, walked none and joined Matt Garza as the only pitch­ers in Cubs his­tory to fan 12 in their de­but. Kris Bryant and An­thony Rizzo home­red to help the Cubs move over .500 for the first time since June 29.


Sa­bathia pitches Yan­kees over Red Sox

CC Sa­bathia (8-3) al­lowed two hits over six in­nings, Didi Gre­go­rius hit a solo home run and the New York Yan­kees beat the Bos­ton Red Sox, 3-0, in Amer­i­can League base­ball ac­tion Sun­day in the opener of a daynight dou­ble­header. The Yan­kees won their sec­ond straight against the AL East lead­ers and closed within 2½ games of the Red Sox, a day af­ter New York won 4-1 over 16 in­nings and five hours and 50 min­utes.


Fiers strikes out 11 as Astros beat Twins

Mike Fiers struck out a sea­son-high 11 over seven strong in­nings and Nori Aoki had two hits and two RBIs to help the Hous­ton Astros beat the Min­nesota Twins, 5-3, in Amer­i­can League base­ball ac­tion Sun­day. The AL West lead­ers took two of three from the Twins com­ing out of the all-star break. Fiers (6-4) al­lowed two runs on four hits and no walks.


Des­mond re­turn sparks Rock­ies to rout

Ian Des­mond pro­vided an in­stant spark for the slump­ing Rock­ies in his re­turn from the dis­abled list, and Nolan Are­nado hit one of Colorado’s three homers Sun­day dur­ing a 13-4 rout of Steven Matz and the New York Mets in Na­tional League base­ball play. Char­lie Black­mon hit an in­side-the-park homer and Ger­ardo Parra also went deep to help the Rock­ies win for only the sixth time in 21 games. De­spite the re­cent slide, Colorado be­gan the day with a 5½-game lead in the race for the sec­ond NL wild card.


Cron’s homer sends An­gels over Rays

Pinch-hit­ter C.J. Cron con­nected for a tiebreak­ing, two-run homer in the eighth in­ning and the Los An­ge­les An­gels es­caped a jam in the ninth to hold off the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, in Amer­i­can League base­ball play Sun­day. Trail­ing 4-2, the Rays scored once in the ninth and loaded the bases with one out. Bud Nor­ris got Tim Beck­ham to ground into a dou­ble-play for his 14th save, end­ing the Rays’ four-game win­ning streak.

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