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Red Sox acquire Ian Kinsler from Angels

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Red Sox have acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler (and $1.8 million) from the Angels. According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, the Angels will receive minor league pitchers Williams Jerez and Ty Buttrey from the Red Sox.

Kinsler, 36, is in the final year of his contract with the Angels, his $10 million club option was picked up last offseason before the Tigers traded him. This season, the veteran has hit .239/.304/.406 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI in 391 plate appearances.

The 75-33 Red Sox have been without Dustin Pedroia all season and have been getting by at second base with Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt. Neither player has been particularly effective. Nunez has a .658 OPS and Holt has a .724 OPS.

Jerez, 26, was selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2011 draft. He was the club’s No. 23 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. This season, with Triple-A Pawtucket, Jerez posted a 3.68 ERA with a 67/24 K/BB raito in 51 1/3 innings of relief.

Buttrey, 25, was selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2012 draft and was ranked No. 19 in Boston’s system. With Pawtucket this year, Buttrey compiled a 2.25 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio in 44 innings as a reliever.

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

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2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.

Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.