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7/29/2016 Shawn Tolleson, Tex, P
Tolleson has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room on the 25-man roster for newly acquired Lucas Harrell.

Analysis: Tolleson was 2-2 with 11 saves and a 7.68 ERA in 37 relief appearances this season. The right-hander, who had 35 saves in 2015, relinquished the closer role to Sam Dyson after blowing saves in consecutive appearances in mid-May.
7/29/2016 José Lobatón, Was, C
The Nationals placed Lobaton on the 15-day disabled Friday due to left elbow tendinitis, though the move is retroactive to July 20.

Analysis: The backup catcher is batting just .194 in 27 games.
7/29/2016 Oswaldo Arcia, TB, LF
The Rays placed Arcia on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right elbow. The move is retroactive to July 27.

Analysis: Arcia is batting .259 with two homers and seven RBIs in 21 games with Tampa Bay after being acquired from the Twins on June 24.
7/29/2016 Tyler White, Hou, 1B
White is back with the Astros after a six-week stint at Triple-A Fresno. He was recalled Friday when Luis Valbuena went on the 15-day DL.

Analysis: White hit .340 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in his first 15 career games, but .155 with two homers and eight RBIs in his next 38 before getting sent down June 17. He hit .288 with 11 homers and 26 RBIS in 34 games with Fresno.
7/29/2016 Matt Wisler, Atl, P
Wisler was sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett after allowing three more home runs Thursday, when he gave up seven runs in five innings of a 7-5 loss to the Phillies.

Analysis: ''I didn't pitch very well the last month and a half, so I definitely know I've earned the demotion,'' Wisler said. The right-hander, who opened the season as the Braves' No. 2 starter behind Julio Teheran, has served up nine homers in his past four starts while going 1-3 with a 10.18 ERA.
7/29/2016 Aaron Nola, Phi, P
The Phillies had lost seven straight starts made by Nola before he beat Atlanta with an unimpressive outing Thursday, giving up three runs and eight hits with three walks in five innings of a 7-5 victory.

Analysis: Despite Nola winning, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said, "He's not the same guy. He's just struggling with command once again. He's not dotting his fastball like he normally does." Nola is 1-5 with a 9.82 ERA in his last eight starts, walking 14 batters and hitting five.
7/29/2016 Adonis Garcia, Atl, 3B
Garcia was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

Analysis: Garcia is batting .405 during a 10-game hitting streak with three homers and four doubles.
7/29/2016 Guillermo Heredia, Sea, CF
The Mariners recalled Heredia from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

Analysis: Heredia defected from Cuba in early 2015. Prior to signing with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on March 1, he had not played competitive baseball since 2014. Heredia hit .340 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 26 games with Tacoma this season. Prior to being transferred to Tacoma on June 23, Heredia hit .293 with two home runs and 34 RBIs in 58 games with Double-A Jackson.
7/29/2016 Freddie Freeman, Atl, 1B
Freeman stayed hot Thursday despite the Braves losing to the Phillies, going 2 for 3 with an RBI double, two walks and two runs scored.

Analysis: Freeman is batting .478 in his last six games with six of his 11 hits going for extra bases. He's hit .388 in his last 14 games versus the Phillies.
7/29/2016 Tommy Joseph, Phi, 1B
Joseph went 2 for 5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Thursday's win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Ten of Joseph's 14 home runs have been solo shots, one of the reasons he has just 26 RBIs. He's batting .159 with runners in scoring position.
7/29/2016 Jarred Cosart, SD, P
The Marlins traded Cosart to the Padres on Friday in a seven-player deal that sent fellow right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to Miami.

Analysis: Cosart went 13-11 in 2014 with Houston and Miami but has struggled since. This year he's 0-1 with a 5.95 ERA in four starts with the Marlins, and 3-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A New Orleans.
7/29/2016 Maikel Franco, Phi, 3B
Franco hit his 19th home run of the season Thursday, a three-run shot which helped the Phillies beat the Braves 7-5.

Analysis: Franco ended a 12-game homerless drought as he continued to beat up on Atlanta, a team against which he has four home runs and nine RBIs in the last five meetings.
7/29/2016 Colin Rea, Mia, P
The Padres traded Rea and fellow right-hander Andrew Cashner to the Marlins in a seven-player deal Friday. Miami will also receive right-handed prospect Tayron Guerrero for right-handers Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps and two minor leaguers, first baseman Josh Naylor and right-hander Luis Castillo.

Analysis: Rea, who is in his second major league season, is 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA in 18 starts this year.
7/29/2016 Andrew Cashner, Mia, P
The Padres traded Cashner and fellow right-hander Colin Rea to the Marlins in a seven-player deal Friday. Miami will also receive right-handed prospect Tayron Guerrero for right-handers Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps and two minor leaguers, first baseman Josh Naylor and right-hander Luis Castillo.

Analysis: Cashner is 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 16 starts this year but has gone 1-0 with a 2.55 mark in his last three.
7/29/2016 Grant Green, SF, 2B
Green has been designated for assignment.

Analysis: Green hit .261 with a homer and seven RBIs in 18 games since being called up from the minors June 30.
7/29/2016 Jered Weaver, LAA, P
Weaver had this third solid performance in his last four starts Thursday, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings in the Angels' 2-1 walkoff win over the Red Sox.

Analysis: The right-hander allowed one run in each of his first two starts in July before giving up six in a loss at Houston in his previous outing.
7/29/2016 Johnny Cueto, SF, P
Cueto matched his shortest outing of the season Thursday and suffered just his third loss, allowing three runs and eight hits in five innings of a 4-2 defeat to Washington.

Analysis: The All-Star right-hander hasn't been at his best in recent weeks, yielding three runs or more in four of his last six starts. He's next scheduled to face the Phillies, a team against which he's 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA in 10 starts. They scored six runs in six innings against him last month.
7/29/2016 David Price, Bos, P
The Red Sox wasted eight scoreless innings from Price on Thursday when Hanley Ramirez's throwing error to the plate on a bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score, giving the Angels a stunning 2-1 walkoff win.

Analysis: Price has been inconsistent over the past six weeks, mixing a handful of strong starts with rocky outings. He followed up eight scoreless innings against Tampa Bay before the All-Star break by allowing eight runs and 22 hits in 11 1/3 innings over his next two starts.
7/29/2016 Jonathan Papelbon, Was, P
Papelbon was puled in the ninth inning Thursday, retiring one batter before giving up a single and a walk.

Analysis: It was the third straight terrible performance by Papelbon, a span in which he's recorded only three outs while allowing eight runs, seven hits and four walks. His closer role could be in jeopardy, with rumors swirling the Nationals are trying to acquire the Yankees' Andrew Miller.
7/29/2016 Tanner Roark, Was, P
Roark outdueled Giants All-Star Johnny Cueto to record his 10th victory Thursday, allowing a run and four hits in seven innings with three walks and three strikeouts in a 4-2 win.

Analysis: It seems his previous performance, allowing five runs in five innings in a loss to San Diego, was an outlier. That poor outing included the only two home runs he's surrendered in his last seven games, a span in which Roark is 4-1 with a 2.49 ERA.
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