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Baseball notes: Rays acquie reliever Steve Chishek; Nationals trade for Howie Kendrick

Baseball notes: Rays acquie reliever Steve Chishek; Nationals trade for Howie Kendrick

The Tampa Bay Rays continued to bolster their bullpen for the pennant race on Friday, acquiring reliever Steve Cishek from the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, while the Washington Nationals sent minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills to the Philadelphia Phillies for versatile veteran Howie Kendrick.

The exchange of pitchers was a surprising deal between teams that are competing for the same thing, a wild card spot in the American League. Tampa Bay began the day with the second wild card spot in the AL, with Seattle 3 1/2 games behind.

Cishek had appeared in 23 games this season for Seattle after...

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