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8/20/2014 Ryan Raburn, LF (Cle) The Indians placed outfielder Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Analysis: Raburn, who has been bothered by soreness in his right wrist most of the season after hurting it in spring training, aggravated the injury last week with a diving catch. He's batting .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 188 at-bats over 70 games.
8/20/2014 Darin Downs, P (Hou) The Astros placed left-handed reliever Darin Downs on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 15, with a strained muscle on his right side.

Analysis: Downs is 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA in 40 appearances.
8/19/2014 Ubaldo Jimenez, P (Bal) Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday before the Orioles' game against the Chicago White Sox that Jimenez is moving to the bullpen.

Analysis: With right-hander Miguel Gonzalez expected to be recalled soon after throwing a 75-pitch simulated game Monday for Double-A Bowie, the Orioles needed to clear a spot in the rotation for his impending return from the minor leagues. Jimenez, 30, has struggled in his first year with the Orioles after signing a four-year, $50 million contract before the season. He's 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA and has walked 66 batters, tops in the American League.
8/19/2014 Mark Ellis, 2B (StL) The Cardinals have put Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Aug. 15.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Ellis has not played since last Thursday against the Padres. He made four starts after rookie Kolten Wong returned from the disabled list on July 6.
8/19/2014 Jay Bruce, RF (Cin) Bruce homered and doubled with four RBIs in Monday's loss to St. Louis.

Analysis: Bruce's numbers have improved some lately, but it hasn't been anything extraordinary that's going to save his season. The Reds right fielder is batting .279 with four home runs and 13 RBIs over 14 games. His season average is .224.
8/19/2014 Starling Marte, LF (Pit) Marte went 3 for 4 with two home runs and a double in Monday's loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Over 10 games, Marte is batting .405 with three homers, a triple, four doubles and eight RBIs.
8/19/2014 Kyle Hendricks, P (ChC) Hendricks allowed a run and three hits in Monday's 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Analysis: The rookie has won four straight starts and lowered his ERA to 1.48. Over his last six outings, he's 5-1 with a 0.84 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
8/19/2014 Erik Kratz, C (KC) Kratz hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh, stayed in the game and homered in his next at-bat in the ninth in Monday's 6-4 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: In six games with Kansas City, the catcher is 6 for 13.
8/19/2014 Nick Markakis, RF (Bal) Markakis went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Chicago White Sox.

Analysis: Markakis has a 10-game hitting streak, but his .415 average in that time extends back an additional six games to the beginning of August.
8/19/2014 Scott Atchison, P (Cle) The Indians have signed Atchison to a contract for next season. Atchison's deal includes a team option in 2016. Financial terms were not immediately available.

Analysis: The 38-year-old Atchison has been major contributor out of Cleveland's bullpen this season, going 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances. The 38-year-old signed a free agent minor league contract with the Indians in January and made the 25-man roster in spring training. He pitched in 50 games last season for the New York Mets. Atchison has held hitters to a .218 average and ranks among AL relief leaders in wins, inherited runners scored and innings.
8/19/2014 Adam Dunn, DH (CWS) Dunn's four-year, $40 million contract is up at the end of this season and the slugger hinted Monday there is a possibility he could retire.

Analysis: Dunn, who turns 35 in November, has 459 homers and could move way up the all-time list by sticking around a few more years since he's just three away from tying Jose Canseco for 34th place. But he said numbers, even the possibility of hitting 500 homers, won't be a determining factor.
8/19/2014 Salvador Perez, C (KC) Perez was back in action Tuesday.

Analysis: Perez had two hits and two RBIs before leaving in the seventh inning Monday. Manager Ned Yost said Perez tweaked a tendon in his knee while running the bases in the fifth, but was removed purely as a precaution.
8/18/2014 Will Harris, P (Ari) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled Harris from Triple-A Reno.

Analysis: This will be Harris' third stint with Arizona this season. He's 0-2 with a 9.24 ERA in 12 relief appearances. In 73 career games with the Diamondbacks, Harris is 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA.
8/18/2014 Michael Cuddyer, RF (Col) Cuddyer went 5 for 10 with a home run in Sunday's doubleheader.

Analysis: It was his first action in more than two months, so this is a promising sign for owners who held onto him.
8/18/2014 Bradin Hagens, P (Ari) The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled right-hander Will Harris from Triple-A Reno and optioned Hagens to their top farm club.

Analysis: Hagens, 25, made his major league debut Aug. 14 at Miami, and went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two relief appearances.
8/18/2014 Jonathan Lucroy, C (Mil) Lucroy homered and drove in five runs in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.

Analysis: He'd gone 13 games without an RBI.
8/18/2014 Matt Carpenter, 3B (StL) Carpenter went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in Sunday's win over San Diego.

Analysis: He's got five RBIs in two games after totaling one in his previous 12 games.
8/18/2014 Josh Hamilton, LF (LAA) Hamilton is out of the lineup again for Monday night's game against the Red Sox, a day after asking for a day off.

Analysis: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Hamilton needs another day to relax and he would be coming to the park early Tuesday to work on things. Hamilton is hitting .266 with eight homers and 35 RBIs. He has just two homers and three RBIs this month. Hamilton asked to have Sunday's series finale against Texas off. Scioscia said he expects him to be in the lineup Tuesday.
8/18/2014 Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia) Stanton went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs in Sunday's win over Arizona.

Analysis: He's homered nine times with 17 RBIs in 18 games.
8/18/2014 Jake Arrieta, P (ChC) Arrieta limited the Mets to two hits in seven scoreless innings of Sunday's 2-1 win but again was denied the decision.

Analysis: Arrieta has been great this year, but he's been of little help to fantasy owners in the win column with one victory in his last eight starts.
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