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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn't mad at David Ortiz.

A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases after a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi's style.

“I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” Archer said Monday. “I'm not comparing the two, but they're obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished.”

After the Rays' 3-2 loss, Archer reiterated remarks made earlier this year by teammate David Price that the Boston slugger thinks he is bigger than the game.

“Do I regret saying the truth? No,” Archer said. “Agitated is not right word. Angry is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon had a thought on the Ortiz show.

“The simple answer is, what if it had happened in the ‘60s when (Bob) Gibson was pitching or (Don) Drysdale was pitching?” Maddon said. “That answers the question.”

The Red Sox and Rays meet again for the start of a four-game series Aug. 29 at Tampa Bay.

“I'm proud that our guys have said what they feel,” Maddon said. “I dig that a lot, actually. We'll see how it all plays out.”

Dodgers trade for infielder Barney

The Dodgers acquired second baseman Darwin Barney in a trade with the Cubs.

Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the major league single-season record with 141 consecutive errorless games. But he was designated for assignment last Tuesday after hitting .230 with 16 RBIs in 72 games this season.

The last-place Cubs sent Barney and cash to the NL West-leading Dodgers for a player to be named.

A's OF Gentry on DL with broken hand

The Athletics put outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right hand and promoted outfielder Billy Burns from Double-A Midland. Gentry was injured Sunday at Texas when he hit by a pitch. He was hitting .264 with 10 RBIs in 80 games.

Blue Jays send pair to KC for Valencia

The Blue Jays traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Royals for infielder Danny Valencia. Valencia, 29, hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for Minnesota, Boston and Baltimore.

Rays reinstate RHP Peralta from DL

The Rays reinstated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment. Peralta missed nine games because of an illness. The right-hander went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 games earlier this year. Bedard was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games, including 15 starts. He was dropped from the rotation in early July.

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