The Boston Red Sox have upgraded their starting rotation by obtaining right-hander Andrew Cashner in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.
The deal was announced Saturday after Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 2-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The Red Sox also got cash while sending a pair of 17-year-old prospects, infielder Noelberth Romero and outfielder Elio Prado, to the Orioles.
Cashner is 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the team with the worst record in the majors. He has gone at least six innings in his past five starts and has a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of June.
Cashner, 32, goes from the rebuilding Orioles to the defending World Series champion Red Sox, who are striving to get back into the postseason after getting off to a poor start. Boston is far back of AL East-leading New York but in the thick of the wild-card race.
Scherzer on IL: The Washington Nationals put Max Scherzer on the 10-day injured list because the ace right-hander has a mid-back strain.
An MRI on Scherzer’s back came back negative, and the three-time Cy Young Award winner was placed on the injured list retroactive to Wednesday after throwing a bullpen session before Saturday’s game.
Catcher Spencer Kieboom was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg to take Scherzer’s roster spot.
Scherzer was 7-0 with a 0.84 ERA in his last nine starts before the All-Star break. He is 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA overall.
Kemp released: Three-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp has been released by the New York Mets.
Kemp signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on May 24 and played in eight games for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .235 with one home run and three RBIs.
Kemp, 34, made the NL All-Star team last season in his second stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, finishing with a .290 batting average, 21 home runs and 85 RBIs.
He was traded to Cincinnati in the offseason as part of a deal with Yasiel Puig and appeared in 20 games for the Reds this season, hitting .200 with one home run and five RBIs before sustaining a broken rib after crashing into the outfield wall in an April 21 game in San Diego.
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