And so it begins . . .
The Baltimore Orioles, who started the day two and a half games behind the Red Sox, have obtained righthander Scott Feldman and backup catcher Steve Clevenger from the Cubs.
Baltimore gave up righthander Jake Arrieta and righthanded reliever Pedro Strop. The Orioles also parted with two international bonus slots worth $388,100.
Feldman was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA for the Cubs and will move into the Baltimore rotation.
Strop has a career 1.84 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 14 appearances against the Red Sox. Sox hitters on the roster now are 2 for 20 against him with eight strikeouts.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (0 for 6, 5 Ks) will be happy to see him go.
Arrieta was a well-regarded prospect who never worked out in the majors for Baltimore, posting a 5.46 ERA over four seasons and 69 appearances.