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'New kid' Cishek joins Rays, gets acclimated

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NEW YORK -- Steve Cishek arrived on Friday and was activated prior to Saturday's game. Now it's all about getting acclimated for the new Rays reliever.

"You feel like the new kid in school," said Cishek, whom Tampa Bay acquired from Seattle in exchange for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. "You just try to go around and remember as many names as you can."

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NEW YORK -- Steve Cishek arrived on Friday and was activated prior to Saturday's game. Now it's all about getting acclimated for the new Rays reliever.

"You feel like the new kid in school," said Cishek, whom Tampa Bay acquired from Seattle in exchange for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez. "You just try to go around and remember as many names as you can."

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Cishek introduced himself with a perfect seventh inning in Saturday's 5-4 loss at Yankee Stadium. Cishek struck out all three batters he faced, including All-Star Aaron Judge.

Among his new teammates, Cishek already knew Logan Morrison, Dan Jennings and Adeiny Hechavarria from his days with the Marlins, but for the most part, he had to do his homework.

Video: MLB Tonight on the Rays acquiring Steve Cishek

"Last night I was going over backgrounds," Cishek said. "[Jim] Hickey, especially since he's the pitching coach. I know he's from Chicago. He's been here 11 years now. I did some homework, just to try and get to know some of the guys.

"I like to come prepared. Because I care a lot. I want to be able to mix in with this team as quick as I can, because we're in a playoff run and I want to do everything I can to help out. Getting to know the guys quicker will help for sure."

Video: DET@SEA: Cishek K's Kinsler to lock down first save

The Mariners had an off-day on Thursday. Cishek received a call from Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto that afternoon.

"Right after that, [the Rays] called me and welcomed me and gave me my schedule," Cishek said. "It moves quick."

Cishek said that the hardest part of the transition process involves family.

"My wife has to pack up the house while I'm over here playing baseball," Cishek said. "She's right now putting everything together to fly across the country with two daughters [Almost 3 years old and 8 months old]. ... But she's excited, too."

Worth noting

• First baseman Logan Morrison continues to nurse a sore left heel. Since Evan Longoria was due a day at designated hitter -- and the Rays just acquired Lucas Duda -- manager Kevin Cash went ahead and penciled in Longoria's DH day for Saturday and Duda started at first.

Kevin Kiermaier (right hip fracture) and Daniel Robertson (neck spasms) were scheduled to play their third rehab games for Class A Charlotte on Saturday night. Kiermaier will play center field and Robertson will DH.

Kiermaier went 2-for-3 with a double as the DH on Friday night, and Robertson went 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Both will be off Sunday.

• Brendan McKay, the Rays' top pick in last month's Draft (fourth overall) is scheduled to make his professional debut as a pitcher, throwing an estimated two innings (35 pitches) for Short-Season Hudson Valley.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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