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Cishek ac­quired in swap

SEAT­TLE — The Tampa Bay Rays con­tinue to bol­ster their bullpen for the pen­nant race, ac­quir­ing re­liever Steve Cishek from the Seat­tle Mariners in ex­change for ver­sa­tile right-han­der Erasmo Ramirez.

It was a sur­pris­ing deal an­nounced Fri­day by teams that are com­pet­ing for the same thing — a wild card spot in the Amer­i­can League. Tampa Bay be­gan the day with the sec­ond wild card spot in the AL, with Seat­tle 3½ games be­hind.

Cishek had ap­peared in 23 games this sea­son for Seat­tle af­ter re­cov­er­ing from ma­jor off­sea­son hip surgery. Cishek was 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA, mostly work­ing in the sev­enth and eighth in­nings out of Seat­tle’s bullpen. He was a closer in the past with the Mar­lins.

Ramirez has ap­peared in 26 games, with eight starts, for the Rays this year and was 4-3 with a 4.80 ERA. He was with the Mariners from 2012-14.


Duda traded to Rays

NEW YORK — The out-of-con­tention Mets started their vet­eran dis­per­sal by trad­ing first base­man Lu­cas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays for mi­nor league pitcher Drew Smith.

Ex­pected to con­tend for an NL East ti­tle, the Mets started Thurs­day night 47-52, 13½ games be­hind first-place Wash­ing­ton and nine games out of a wild-card berth.

Duda is el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter the World Se­ries, as are Mets out­field­ers Cur­tis Gran­der­son and Jay Bruce, sec­ond base­man Neil Walker, short­stop Asdrubal Cabr­era and re­liev­ers Ad­di­son Reed and Jerry Blevins.

Duda, 31, is hit­ting .246 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI.

Smith, a 23-year-old right-han­der, was a thir­dround draft pick by Detroit two years ago and was dealt to Tampa Bay in April. He is 1-2 with a 1.60 ERA with 7 saves in 31 games this sea­son for four mi­nor league teams rang­ing from Class A to Class AAA.

Ear­lier Thurs­day, the Rays ac­quired left-han­der Dan Jen­nings from the Chicago White Sox for mi­nor league first base­man Casey Gil­laspie, the 20th over­all pick in the 2014 am­a­teur draft. Out­fielder Shane Peter­son was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment to clear space on the 25-man ros­ter for Jen­nings and the 40-man ros­ter for Duda.


Price back on 10-day DL

BOS­TON — Red Sox pitcher David Price is go­ing back on the 10-day dis­abled list with in­flam­ma­tion in his left el­bow.

Bos­ton an­nounced the move ahead Price’s sched­uled start Fri­day night against Kansas City. Rick Por­cello started in Price’s place. Ed­uardo Ro­driguez will start to­day and Drew Pomer­anz on Sun­day in the se­ries fi­nale.

The in­flam­ma­tion is in the same el­bow that Price strained dur­ing spring train­ing and caused him to be­gin the reg­u­lar-sea­son on the dis­abled list. The Red Sox re­called Robby Scott from Class AAA Paw­tucket to fill his spot on the 25man ros­ter.

Price, who is in the sec­ond sea­son of a $217 mil­lion, seven-year con­tract, had made 11 starts since re­turn­ing from his ini­tial DL stint on May 29. He is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA.

RANGERS Darvish now avail­able

AR­LING­TON, Texas — The Texas Rangers have made it known that Yu Darvish is avail­able but they want a lot in re­turn.

The trade dead­line is Mon­day so get ready for a ru­mor and re­port-filled week­end.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosen­thal re­ported Fri­day morn­ing that Texas is con­fi­dent it will get a qual­ity re­turn and are “ac­tively ex­chang­ing names with teams.”

But po­ten­tial trade part­ners will have to fork over mul­ti­ple, highly re­garded prospects to land Darvish and the Rangers’ re­ported of­fer­ing to deal Darvish could be a way to get a bid­ding war be­tween clubs to de­velop.

Darvish is a free agent at the end of the sea­son. Rangers Gen­eral Man­ager Jon Daniels has said the club would love to re-sign him and Darvish has said he loves play­ing and liv­ing in Texas. But the free-agent money could be too much for Darvish to turn down in the off-sea­son. So the Rangers, if pos­si­ble, would be open to see­ing if an­other club will deal some of their top mi­nor league tal­ent. Daniels has said openly that the only way he’d deal Darvish is if he was blown away by an of­fer.

Darvish’s 10-team no-trade list in­cludes the Ori­oles, Red Sox, Cubs, In­di­ans, Rock­ies, White Sox, Tigers, A’s, Pi­rates and Blue Jays.


Judge gets tooth fixed

NEW YORK — Yan­kees slug­ger Aaron Judge was back in the start­ing lineup Fri­day, a day af­ter he ac­ci­den­tally lost half of his front left tooth dur­ing a home-plate cel­e­bra­tion.

The AL home run leader saw a den­tist ear­lier in the day and got a tem­po­rary fix.

On Thurs­day night, Judge was jarred when Brett Gard­ner’s bat­ting hel­met ac­ci­den­tally popped him in the mouth. Gard­ner hit a win­ning home run in the bot­tom of the 11th in­ning and tossed his hel­met as he ap­proached the plate.

Judge picked up the hel­met be­cause he wor­ried some­one might step on it. In­stead, he got hit by the hel­met dur­ing all the jostling.

Judge said he will later see the den­tist for a per­ma­nent fix. He was play­ing right field and bat­ting third against the Rays.

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