Mariners acquire Cards’ Leake
Right-hander is expected to help Seattle’s rotation.
The Mariners acquired right-hander Mike Leake from the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday for minor league infielder Rayder Ascanio as Seattle tries to bolster its starting rotation during the AL wild-card race.
Seattle is without the injured James Paxton, Felix Hernandez and Hisahi Iwakuma and has struggled to get five innings out of its starters for most of the past month. Seattle has had just 16 starts of at least six innings in 43 games since the AllStar break.
St. Louis will send Seattle $17.5 million to cover a portion of the $55.6 million Leake is guaranteed during the remainder of an $80 million, five-year contract through 2020.
“This is as much about the next three, potentially four years as it’s about this next four or five weeks,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said.
Leake, 29, is 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA for the season, but since the break is 1-5 with a 6.90 ERA in nine starts.
Astros: Houston will open a three-game series at Minute Maid Park against the Mets on Saturday. The Astros had to relocate their series against the Rangers this week to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg because of catastrophic flooding in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Mets series was scheduled to begin Friday, but instead a Saturday doubleheader is planned and the finale is Sunday.
Braves: Third baseman Brandon Phillips singled in Game 1 for his 2,000th career hit and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Phillips, 36, was surprised to see his mother, who made the trip from Georgia, in the stands holding a congratulatory sign and cheering on his milestone. “I’m going to get on my mom after that. She can’t be doing that,” he joked. “It feels good to look up and see my mom in the stands. That’s a beautiful woman right there. I just thank her all the time for supporting me.”
■ Catcher Tyler Flowers was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist contusion. Catcher David Freitas was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and righthander Enrique Burgos was designated for assignment.
Orioles: Shortstop J.J. Hardy (wrist) will likely come off the DL “sometime between Sept. 1 and 4,” manager Buck Showalter said, adding that Hardy’s recovery has been hampered by “spring training shoulder.”
Yankees: Right-hander Chad Green struck out seven in 2⅔ innings in Game 1, the most strikeouts in a game in MLB history by a pitcher who faced eight or fewer batters. “I absolutely didn’t know that when I was pitching today, but I guess it’s pretty cool,” said Green, who has struck out 86 of 209 batters this season.
Phillies: Rhys Hoskins’ 25 RBIs in August are the most by a Phillies rookie in a month since Willie Montanez had 29 in June 1971.
Indians: Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall went 2 for 4 with Triple-A Columbus and is expected to be activated Friday. However, his fatherin-law died and he could miss weekend games while on the bereavement list.
Rockies: Colorado went 12-15 in August for its first losing month this season.
Mike Leake is 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA this year.