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|7/23/2014||Joakim Soria, P (Det)||The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.
Analysis: Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances. Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.
|7/23/2014||Jeff Francoeur, RF (SD)||The San Diego Padres purchased the contract of Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Padres signed Francoeur to a minor league deal in March. He failed to make the major league roster and hit .294 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs with El Paso.
|7/23/2014||Marc Krauss, 1B (Hou)||The Astros recalled Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City before Wednesday night's game at Oakland after placing George Springer on the disabled list.
Analysis: Krauss hit .173 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 39 games with the Astros earlier this year. He has hit .289 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 42 games for Oklahoma City.
|7/23/2014||George Springer, RF (Hou)||The Houston Astros have placed Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps and recalled utility man Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Astros announced the moves before Wednesday night's game at Oakland.
Analysis: Springer's stint on the DL is retroactive to Sunday because he hasn't played since Saturday at the Chicago White Sox. He has sat out with he called discomfort in his quadriceps and knee area since. Springer is batting .231 with 20 home runs and 51 RBIs through 78 games in his rookie season
|7/23/2014||Bruce Billings, P (NYY)||New York designated Billings for assignment Wednesday.
Analysis: The move was to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Chris Leroux, who had his contract selected from Triple-A.
|7/23/2014||Chris Leroux, P (NYY)||New York selected Leroux's contract from Triple-A prior to Wednesday night's game versus Texas.
Analysis: The move adds a fresh arm to the bullpen following a 14-inning victory Tuesday night.
|7/23/2014||Kelly Johnson, 3B (NYY)||Johnson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.
Analysis: Johnson made his first major league start in right field Tuesday and was injured trying to beat out a 10th-inning grounder. He left the game and was replaced by Ichiro Suzuki. Johnson is batting .219 with six homers and 22 RBIs in his first season with the Yankees. He has made 33 starts at third base and 23 at first.
|7/23/2014||Ryan Pressly, P (Min)||The Minnesota Twins have designated right-hander Matt Guerrier for assignment and will recall Pressly from Triple-A Rochester to take his place in the bullpen.
Analysis: Pressly will join the team Friday.
|7/23/2014||Matt Guerrier, P (Min)||The Minnesota Twins have designated Guerrier for assignment and will recall right-hander Ryan Pressly from Triple-A Rochester to take his place in the bullpen. The move was made Wednesday. The Twins have 10 days to trade or place Guerrier on unconditional waivers. If he clears waivers, Minnesota can release him.
Analysis: Guerrier had a 3.86 ERA in 27 appearances, but he gave up four runs in the ninth inning Tuesday. The 35-year-old is third on the club's all-time relief innings list with 488. Guerrier was one of three former Twins from playoff teams of the previous decade who returned this spring to make the opening day roster, but he was the third to go after Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel.
|7/23/2014||Brock Holt, 3B (Bos)||Holt is not in the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since being recalled May 17, ending a streak of 59 straight games.
Analysis: Holt has played an AL-high 533 innings since his streak began, appearing at all four infield positions and all three outfield spots. The only major leaguer to play every position except pitcher and catcher this season, he leads AL rookies with a .321 average and has three homers and 23 RBIs. Holt's break won't last long: manager John Farrell said the rookie will return to the lineup Thursday.
|7/23/2014||Eric Hosmer, 1B (KC)||Hosmer was removed from Wednesday's game with the Chicago White Sox because of decreased grip strength in his right hand. The Royals made the announcement after Hosmer was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Analysis: Hosmer had missed the previous two games after being hit in the hand with a pitch on Sunday. Billy Butler, who played first base during Hosmer's absence, took over for Hosmer. Hosmer was 0 for 2, ending a 16-game hitting streak. It was the longest active streak in the majors.
|7/23/2014||Ruben Tejada, SS (NYM)||Tejada was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Seattle Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker in the fifth inning and had to leave the game.
Analysis: Tejada was hit just above the brim of the helmet Wednesday by Walker's 94 mph fastball with two outs and the Mets leading 1-0. Tejada fell to the ground and lay face down next to home plate until a Mets trainer came out and kneeled down next to the player. The 24-year-old Tejada was able to get to his feet and walk off the field on his own. Eric Campbell pinch ran and took over at shortstop in the bottom half.
|7/23/2014||Dayan Viciedo, RF (CWS)||Viciedo was removed from the starting lineup just before Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals because of tightness in his lower left hamstring. Viciedo had started 89 of the White Sox's past 92 games. He is 3 for 20 since the All-Star break.
Analysis: Moises Sierra will take Viciedo's spot in the lineup and bat ninth. Since being added to the White Sox lineup on May 4, Sierra has made 25 starts in right field.
|7/23/2014||Cameron Maybin, CF (SD)||Maybin has been suspended for 25 games for testing positive for an amphetamine. Major League Baseball announced the suspension Wednesday.
Analysis: Maybin is batting .247 with one home run and nine RBIs in 62 games this season.
|7/23/2014||Bryce Harper, LF (Was)||Harper was 2 for 2 in Tuesday's 7-4 win at Colorado.
Analysis: Harper is batting .409 over his last eight games.
|7/23/2014||Jordan Zimmermann, P (Was)||Zimmermann gave up four runs over five innings in a 7-4 win at Colorado on Tuesday, making his first start since suffering a strained biceps.
Analysis: Zimmermann has given up eight runs over 8 1-3 innings in his last two starts.
|7/23/2014||Jonathan Lucroy, C (Mil)||Lucroy hit his 10th and 11th home runs in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Reds.
Analysis: Lucroy had been struggling, batting .133 over 12 games prior to Tuesday.
|7/23/2014||Ryan Braun, LF (Mil)||Braun hit his 13th homer of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: Braun is batting .363 over his last 23 games with 15 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs.
|7/23/2014||Homer Bailey, P (Cin)||Bailey came away without a decision in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Brewers, giving up three runs and four hits over six innings.
Analysis: Bailey has just one win in his last seven starts despite posting a respectable 3.57 ERA.
|7/23/2014||Anthony Rizzo, 1B (ChC)||Rizzo was 2 for 4 with his 24th and 25th homers of the season in a 6-0 win over San Diego on Tuesday.
Analysis: Rizzo has now hit five home runs over his last four games. He's batting .340 with eight dingers in his last 13.
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