Mariners ac­quire Cards’ Leake

Right-han­der is ex­pected to help Seat­tle’s ro­ta­tion.

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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.

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