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.