Looking to fortify a bullpen that has blown more than a third of its save chances, the Nationals acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Athletics for RHP Blake Treinen and two prospects.
Doolittle had seemed to be a potential though expensive target for the Rays, who need a left-handed reliever. Now he and Madson leave Oakland just as Tampa Bay arrives for a three-game series.
LHP Jesus Luzardo and INF Sheldon Neuse were sent to Oakland as part of Sunday's deal.
Madson, 36, a right-hander, has a 2.06 ERA and is seventh among relievers in hits plus walks per inning at 0.79. He has not allowed any of the seven inherited runners to score in his past 13 appearances and has held opponents to a .188 average.
Doolittle, 30, has held left-handed batters hitless in 23 at-bats this year with 12 strikeouts and no walks. He is 1-0 with three saves, a 3.38 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 211/3 innings.
Number of the day
12 Losses for Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello, most in the majors despite 17 consecutive starts of six innings or more.
. RHP Lance McCullers is scheduled to start today, looking to rebound from a poor outing when the Astros begin a three-game series with the Mariners. The Tampa native yielded nine hits and a season-high six runs in 41/3 innings of a 7-4 loss to Toronto his last time out.
. Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson, a former Ray, got his first win since June 4.