Tampa Bay 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 following 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.”
“I guess different people have different ways of reacting. That’s just who he is,” he said,
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 the right word. Angry is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth.”
Dodgers get Barney from Cubs
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney in a trade with the Chicago 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 N.L. West-leading Los Angeles for a player to be named. The trade was announced on Monday.
Barney, who turns 29 in November, is a .244 career hitter with 18 homers and 146 RBIs in 542 games.
Jays, Royals make three-player deal
The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.
The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for Minnesota, Boston and Baltimore.
The 34-year-old Kratz hit .198 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 34 games for Toronto.
The 25-year-old Hendriks was 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for Toronto. He was a Triple-A All-Star this year at Buffalo, going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
Tam Sing signs with Pirates organization
Former Washington State shortstop Trace Tam Sing made his professional debut Sunday after signing with Pittsburgh last week. He was assigned to Pittsburgh’s Short Season A affiliate Jamestown (New York) and went 1 for 3 with a double.
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