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|4/17/2014||Elian Herrera, LF (Mil)||Milwaukee recalled infielder-outfielder Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville before Thursday's game against Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Herrera hit .250 with two RBIs and two stolen bases in 12 games for Nashville. The Brewers claimed him off waivers Nov. 4 from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
|4/17/2014||Lyle Overbay, 1B (Mil)||Overbay has been placed on the paternity leave list by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Analysis: Overbay can spent up to three consecutive days on the list under major league rules. He is hitting .100 with three RBIs in 10 games so the time spent with his wife may help him clear his head a bit.
|4/17/2014||Chase Utley, 2B (Phi)||Utley was 0 for 4 in a 1-0 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night, ending his 11-game hitting streak.
Analysis: The Philadelphia second baseman was 22 for 45 (.489) with three homers and 10 RBIs during his season-opening streak.
|4/17/2014||Julio Teheran, P (Atl)||Teheran pitched a three-hitter, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Teheran (2-1, 1.93 ERA) retired his first 12 batters before Ryan Howard led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield single. The 23-year-old righty struck out four and got 14 outs on flyballs in his first complete game in 38 career starts. He became the ninth Braves starter in the first 14 games this year to allow one run or none.
|4/17/2014||Yasiel Puig, RF (LAD)||The smugglers who helped Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents. The documents are part of a federal lawsuit in Miami and describe a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid smuggling debts and threats of violence that have followed Puig since he left Cuba by boat in June 2012.
Analysis: The tale is based almost entirely on the account of the boxer, Yunior Despaigne, who says he is afraid he will be hurt by the smugglers or their associates if Puig hasn't paid them money he owes. In a 10-page affidavit, Despaigne said a smuggler he knew as ''Leo'' sent someone to see him in Miami to deliver a message.
|4/17/2014||Jason Kipnis, 2B (Cle)||Kipnis was ejected from Thursday's game against the Detroit Tigers after striking out in the third inning. Kipnis struck out swinging with the bases loaded for the third out, then appeared to say something to plate umpire Lance Barrett, who immediately threw him out of the game.
Analysis: Kipnis also hit into a double play in the first inning. He's batting .212 this season so frustration may be setting in after he signed a big contract. Mike Aviles replaced Kipnis at second base in the bottom of the third.
|4/17/2014||Evan Gattis, C (Atl)||Gattis homered among a career-best four hits, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Wednesday night.
Analysis: Gattis is batting .378 after going 9 for 13 (.692) with three homers in his last three games.
|4/17/2014||Joe Kelly, P (StL)||Kelly was removed from Wednesday's game after throwing just four innings because of a strained left hamstring. He allowed three hits and no earned runs while taking the loss to Milwaukee. The injury took place after he fouled a ball off his leg.
Analysis: The Cardinals' fifth starter has an ERA of 0.59 through three starts, including Wednesday's. He will be evaluated furthur by the team's doctors.
|4/17/2014||Dane De La Rosa, P (LAA)||De La Rosa was sent to AAA to rehab from right shoulder irritation.
Analysis: De La Rosa, who was activated off the DL last Friday after missing much of the spring because of right forearm tightness and elbow inflammation, retired only one of three hitters he faced this season.
|4/17/2014||Hanley Ramirez, SS (LAD)||Ramirez left the game against the San Francisco Giants after getting hit by a pitch on the top of his left hand. The team says X-rays on his hand were negative.
Analysis: He was tended to by a team trainer and manager Don Mattingly for a couple of minutes before being replaced by Justin Turner. Ramirez entered the game hitting .291 with two home runs and seven RBIs.
|4/16/2014||Chase Headley, 3B (SD)||Headley was out of Wednesday night's starting lineup against Colorado because of a strained right biceps.
Analysis: Headley was injured in the batting cage before Tuesday night's game against the Rockies, according to Padres manager Bud Black. Headley went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .160 with one homer and four RBIs.
|4/16/2014||Brennan Boesch, RF (LAA)||The Los Angeles Angels have placed outfielder Kole Calhoun on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained ligament in his right ankle and selected Boesch to the major league roster.
Analysis: Boesch, who signed with the Angels in January as a free agent, began the season with Triple-A Salt Lake. He played in 23 games last year with the Yankees after spending his first three big league seasons with Detroit.
|4/16/2014||Kole Calhoun, RF (LAA)||The Los Angeles Angels have placed Calhoun on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained ligament in his right ankle and selected outfielder Brennan Boesch to the major league roster.
Analysis: Calhoun is batting .250 with three homers and six RBIs in 14 games. He had been playing right field in place of injured slugger Josh Hamilton. Calhoun is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after rolling in his ankle in the 11th inning of the Angels' 10-9 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night.
|4/16/2014||George Springer, RF (Hou)||Springer is making his major league debut on Wednesday night, batting second and playing right field for the Houston Astros.
Analysis: He's the first of a group of top prospects expected to help the Astros back to respectability after three straight 100-loss seasons. The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year.
|4/16/2014||Logan Morrison, 1B (Sea)||The Seattle Mariners placed Morrison on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Analysis: Morrison, who hasn't played since leaving Monday's game, has a strained right hamstring. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he was concerned that Morrison could aggravate the injury during this weekend's series at Miami.
|4/16/2014||Bryce Harper, LF (Was)||Harper has been scratched from the Washington Nationals' game at Miami because of tightness in his left quadriceps.
Analysis: Harper was replaced in the lineup Wednesday by Tyler Moore. The Nationals were already without three injured starters. Harper had playing despite the ailment since last Friday, and he left Monday's game in the seventh inning after he slipped running the bases. Even so, he has been on a tear at the plate lately, batting .483 over the past eight games.
|4/16/2014||Brad Hand, P (Mia)||Right-hander Kevin Slowey will move into the Miami Marlins' rotation to replace Hand and start Sunday against Seattle.
Analysis: Hand fell to 1-11 as a starter when he lost Monday to Washington. He'll return to a long-relief role, manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday.
|4/16/2014||Kevin Slowey, P (Mia)||Slowey will move into the Miami Marlins' rotation to replace struggling left-hander Brad Hand and start Sunday against Seattle.
Analysis: The start will be first for Slowey since July 8. He started 14 games for Miami last year and went 3-6 overall with a 4.11 ERA.
|4/16/2014||Jason Hammel, P (ChC)||Hammel suffered his first loss Wednesday.
Analysis: Hammel allowed three runs in seven innings. It was a solid start and there is no shame in being outpitched by Yankees stud newcomer Masahiro Tanaka.
|4/16/2014||Masahiro Tanaka, P (NYY)||Tanaka dominated again in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Cubs.
Analysis: Tanaka struck out 10 and allowed two bunt hits in eight sparkling innings. You know what you are going to get in fantasy play with the Yankees newcomer - lots of strikeouts and a great effort. He has taken the majors by storm, there is simply no doubt about that.
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