MLB notebook: Dodgers acquire veteran catcher Ruiz from Phils
The NL West-leading Dodgers acquired Carlos Ruiz from the Phillies in a trade of backup catchers Thursday, getting a popular player with a world of postseason experience.
The Phillies also sent $1 million to Los Angeles for A.J. Ellis, minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named or cash.
The 37-year-old Ruiz was hitting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 48 games, playing behind Cameron Rupp. Ruiz has done well lately, batting .340 (16 for 47) since the All-Star break.
Overall, Ruiz played 46 games in the postseason with the Phillies, helping them win five NL East crowns.
Those titles came alongside former Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, and this trade reunites them on the Dodgers.
Ellis hit .194 with one homer and 13 RBIs this season as a backup to Yasmani Grandal.
• The Nationals acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics for minor league infielder Max Schrock. The A's also sent cash to Washington as part of the trade. Rzepczynski gives the Nationals another southpaw out of the bullpen since trading Felipe Rivero to the Pirates and putting Sammy Solis on the disabled list. Rzepczynski is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 56 appearances this season for Oakland.
• The Red Sox placed rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list with a left-knee sprain. Benintendi was hurt in the seventh inning of a 4-3 loss in 11 innings to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.
• Enny Romero earned his first major league save, relieving with two outs in the ninth inning and fanning Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to give the Rays a 2-1 victory.
• Max Scherzer (14-7) allowed two hits over eight innings and struck out 10, and the Nationals blanked the Orioles, 4-0.
• Alejandro de Aza homered and drove in five runs to lead the Mets' 15-hit attack in a 10-6 victory over the Cardinals. The Cardinals are 2 1⁄2 games ahead of the Pirates for the NL's second wild card spot, and the Mets are 3 1⁄2 back.
• Alcides Escobar homered and drove in two runs to lead the surging Royals past the Marlins, 5-2. The Marlins are one game ahead of the Pirates and 11/2behind the Cardinals in the race for the NL's second wild card spot.