The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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