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|6/20/2013||J.P. Howell, P (LAD)||Howell was charged with two runs in a third of an inning Wednesday as the Dodgers dropped a 6-4 result in the first leg of their doubleheader with the Yankees.
Analysis: It was Howell's first appearance since serving a two-game suspension.
|6/19/2013||Derek Norris, C (Oak)||Norris left Wednesday night's game at Texas after getting hit behind the plate with a foul tip.
Analysis: It wasn't immediately clear where the ball hit Norris, who went down to his knees and stayed in that position for several minutes. He was eventually helped up by a team trainer and assisted while walking back to the dugout.
|6/19/2013||Manny Ramirez, LF (Oak)||Taiwan's Rhinos says slugger Ramirez is leaving the team after 49 games because he misses his family in New York.
Analysis: The Rhinos said it tried to keep the 12-time All-Star in Taiwan, including raising his monthly pay to almost $60,000 from $25,000. Ramirez signed to play the March-to-November season with the Rhinos in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. The team's website said the 41-year-old will depart Taiwan on Friday.
|6/19/2013||Josh Hamilton, RF (LAA)||Hamilton has been dropped to seventh in the Angels lineup by manager Mike Scioscia for Wednesday night's game against Seattle.
Analysis: The All-Star right fielder and 2010 AL MVP entered the game batting .213 with 10 homers and 24 RBIs in 69 games, and had struck out 73 times in 268 at-bats while going 7 for 56 with runners in scoring position.
|6/19/2013||Michael Young, 3B (Phi)||Young has become the 242nd major league player to reach 1,000 career RBIs.
Analysis: Young hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Washington's Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday night to surpass the number. RBIs became an official stat in 1920. There are 18 other active players with 1,000.
|6/19/2013||Eric Young, RF (NYM)||Young Jr. caught a flight to Atlanta in time to bat leadoff for the New York Mets. Young arrived at Turner Field shortly before batting practice Wednesday after being acquired late the night before from Colorado. He was immediately put in the Mets lineup as they faced the Braves.
Analysis: Manager Terry Collins says the Mets need a boost at the top of the order, and he's hopeful that Young can provide it. He was hitting .242 with one homer, six RBIs and eight stolen bases when Colorado designated him for assignment last week.
|6/19/2013||Danny Espinosa, 2B (Was)||The Washington Nationals reinstated Espinosa from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse before Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Analysis: Espinosa, who just completed a rehab assignment, is a career .230 hitter with 47 homers and 149 RBIs in four seasons with Washington. He was sidelined since June 3 with a right wrist injury. Anthony Rendon has placed well in his place.
|6/19/2013||Ervin Santana, P (KC)||Santana gave up one run and three hits over seven innings, but did not fare in the decision in Kansas City's 4-3 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.
Analysis: Santana is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA over his last four starts.
|6/19/2013||Felix Doubront, P (Bos)||Although he did not fare in the decision, Doubront allowed three hits over eight shutout innings in Boston's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Analysis: Doubront is 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA with 39 strikeouts over 41 2-3 innings in his last seven starts.
|6/19/2013||Kelly Johnson, LF (TB)||Johnson hopes to have snapped out of his funk by going 2 for 3 with a homer in a 3-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday.
Analysis: Johnson had been hitting .096 (5 for 52) over his prior 14 contests.
|6/19/2013||David Ortiz, DH (Bos)||Ortiz went 4 for 8 with three RBIs as the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Analysis: Ortiz had been 2 for 19 with one RBI over his previous five contests.
|6/19/2013||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (Bos)||Ellsbury went 3 for 5 with a triple, double and three runs scored in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Analysis: Ellsbury, however, 0 for 4 in the second game of the doubleheader, a 3-1 win over the Rays.
|6/19/2013||Yu Darvish, P (Tex)||Darvish had his winless streak reach six starts, allowing five runs and six hits over six innings in a 6-2 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Analysis: Darvish has struck out 19 over his last 13 innings, but he's 0-2 with a 2.66 ERA since his last win May 16. The Rangers' struggling offense has provided him with nine runs of support during that stretch.
|6/19/2013||Jarrod Parker, P (Oak)||Parker allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings to beat Texas 6-2 on Tuesday.
Analysis: Parker seems to have found his groove, going 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA over his last five starts.
|6/19/2013||Brandon Moss, 1B (Oak)||Moss went 2 for 4 with a home run and triple in a 6-2 win over Texas on Tuesday.
Analysis: Moss is batting .357 with four homers and seven RBIs over a six-game hitting streak.
|6/19/2013||Ryan Doumit, C (Min)||Doumit finished with three hits, including a double, in a 7-5 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Analysis: It was a good sign for Doumit, who had been 3 for 27 with no extra-base hits or RBIs in his prior eight contests.
|6/19/2013||Joe Mauer, C (Min)||Mauer went 3 for 5 with a homer, double and two RBIs in a 7-5 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Analysis: Mauer had been 4 for 20 with no extra-base hits and two RBIs over his previous six games.
|6/19/2013||Gordon Beckham, 2B (CWS)||Beckham finished with two more hits in a 7-5 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.
Analysis: He's 6 for 16 (.375) over his last four games to raise his average to .324 on the season.
|6/19/2013||Paul Konerko, 1B (CWS)||Konerko went 4 for 4, including a double and RBI, in a 7-5 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.
Analysis: Konerko is hitting .364 with a homer, two doubles and six RBIs over his last nine games.
|6/19/2013||Trevor Cahill, P (Ari)||Cahill left Wednesday's game against Miami after being struck in the hip area by a line drive in the first inning.
Analysis: The ball off the bat of Marcell Ozuma careened off Cahill to third baseman Martin Prado, who threw to first for the final out of the inning. Cahill came out for the second inning and had a 2-1 count on Derek Dietrich when the trainer came out and, after some discussion, the pitcher left the game. Cahill was replaced by Diamondbacks long-inning reliever Josh Collmenter.
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