The longest current winning streak in the American League belongs to the Rays — a team that might also boast the AL’s Cy Young Award winner.
David Price was at it again on Saturday night, allowing just two runs over seven innings while striking out five as Tampa Bay rolled to its fifth straight win with a 4-2 defeat of the Twins.
Price now has a 2.50 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 23 starts this season. The 26-year-old lefty has fanned 151 batters and walked only 48 in 155 total frames.
The Rays will look to make it six straight in Sunday’s series-finale with Minnesota.
Price, who finished second in the Cy Young Award race in 2010, pitches next against the Angels.
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
Reds 4, Cubs 2
Rockies 3, Giants 9
Red Sox 2, Indians 5
Brewers 5, Astros 6 (10 innings)
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
Padres 5, Pirates 0
Athletics 9, White Sox 7
Rays 4, Twins 2
Braves 9, Mets 3
Dodgers 3, Marlins 7
Tigers 1, Rangers 2
Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 5
Mariners 7, Angels 4
Royals 7, Orioles 3
Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have traded closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians. In return the Padres are getting top catching prospect Francisco Mejia.
Hand, the Padres’ All-Star closer, has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work this season. In addition to helping an Indians bullpen which has struggled mightily this season, Hand will provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.
Cimber is another fine reliever who, along with Hand, suddenly transforms the Indians’ bullpen. He’s a 27-year-old rookie, but he’s been a very useful one this year, posting a 3.17 ERA in 42 games, with a K/BB ratio of 51/10 in 48.1 innings. He’s pitched even better than that of late and has been particularly hard on righties. He’s under team control through 2023.
In Mejia, the Padres are getting the Indians’ top hitting prospect. A catcher — though not necessarily a great defensive one — Mejia has struggled in brief stints in the big leagues thus far but is a .291/.344/.438 hitter in six minor league seasons and, at times, has shown star potential. He turns 23 in October.
A nice piece for the Padres in the long term and an immediate upgrade to the Indians’ bullpen in the short term. In short: a baseball trade.