NATS GET MADSON, DOOLITTLE FROM A’S FOR TREINEN
CINCINNATI» Looking to fortify a bullpen that has blown more than a third of its save chances, the Nationals acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Athletics for righthander Blake Treinen and a pair of prospects.
Left-hander Jesus Luzardo and infielder Sheldon Neuse were sent to Oakland as part of Sunday’s 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.
Doolittle is a 30-year-old lefthander who has held left-handed 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 21L innings.
NL 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.
Red Sox to file formal protest.
BOSTON» Red Sox manager John Farrell said Boston will move forward with a formal protest over the lack of an interference call in a 4-1, 16-inning loss to the 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.
“We still firmly believe there was interference on the play and if it goes unaddressed or without any further attention brought to it, who’s to say you can’t instruct runners to do the same going forward?” Farrell said Sunday.
Holliday said he was unaware Moreland did not touch first before throwing to second.
Angels designate Espinosa for assignment. ANAHEIM,
CALIF. » The Angels designated second baseman Danny Espinosa for assignment.
Espinosa was hitting .162 with just 14 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs in 77 games for the Angels this season, with his woes exacerbating team-wide struggles to generate offense.
The Angels rank third-to-last among American League teams in runs and batting average, and have scored four runs in two games since returning from the all-star break despite getting two-time MVP Mike Trout back from a thumb injury.
If Espinosa is released, the Angels would be responsible for the rest of his $5,425,000 salary.
Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton lost his glove over the wall Sunday while trying unsuccessfully to catch a triple by the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor. Stanton hoisted himself above the wall to determine the glove was beyond his reach, and then waited with a sheepish grin while a batboy brought him a replacement.