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Date Player
7/28/2016 Luke Hochevar, KC, P
Hochevar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

Analysis: Hochevar has been dealing with discomfort in his neck and shoulder and is scheduled to see a specialist to determine whether he'll need season-ending surgery. The right-hander has struggled of late, having allowed nine runs in 10 1/3 innings over his last 12 appearances.
7/28/2016 Yoenis Céspedes, NYM, CF
Cespedes was limited to pinch-hitting duties in Thursday's game against Colorado after his previous quadriceps injury flared up.

Analysis: Cespedes missed over a week with the same injury earlier this month, therefore he could be out of the lineup for additional games. He was immediately removed for a pinch-runner after being walked intentionally in the seventh inning of Thursday's contest.
7/28/2016 Peter Bourjos, Phi, RF
The Phillies placed Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list Thursday due to a right shoulder sprain. He left Tuesday's game in the second inning after crashing into the outfield wall while making a catch.

Analysis: Bourjos hit .192 in his first 55 games of the season before batting .323 in his next 38 contests.
7/28/2016 Brian McCann, NYY, C
McCann's solo homer provided the Yankees' only run in Wednesday's 4-1 loss at Houston.

Analysis: Eight of McCann's 15 home runs this season have come on the road, a definite improvement over his first two years as a Yankee. Of his 49 homers between 2014 and '15, 35 were hit at Yankee Stadium.
7/28/2016 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P
Tanaka's seven-start unbeaten streak came to an end when he was reached for four runs in five innings of Wednesday's 4-1 loss at Houston.

Analysis: Tanaka was 4-0 with a 2.84 ERA and five quality starts during the run. The Yankees ace will next take the mound Tuesday against the rival Mets at Citi Field, where he's yielded just two runs in 15 innings over two previous starts.
7/28/2016 Colby Rasmus, Hou, LF
The slumping Rasmus had a positive night at the plate Wednesday, as his two-run homer in the third inning helped the Astros to a 4-1 win over the Yankees.

Analysis: Rasmus entered the game 1 for 35 with 17 strikeouts over his previous 11 contests and recently missed some time with an ear infection. He fanned twice more on Wednesday, so he may not quite out of his funk just yet.
7/28/2016 Marwin González, Hou, 1B
Gonzalez has hit in 11 straight games since the All-Star break.

Analysis: The versatile infielder has hit four of his 10 homers during the streak and is hitting a solid .280 over his last 40 games.
7/28/2016 Carlos Gómez, Hou, CF
Gomez exited Wednesday's win against the Yankees after two innings with a strained right hamstring.

Analysis: Gomez sustained the injury while stealing second base after he singled in his only at-bat. He's considered day to day for now. Gomez has had a highly disappointing season, hitting just .216 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 79 games.
7/28/2016 Danny Duffy, KC, P
Duffy didn't get a decision Wednesday, but the Royals won his sixth straight start as he gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings against the Angels.

Analysis: Duffy has provided a quality start in five of his last six outings, going 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He has six walks and 39 strikeouts in that span.
7/28/2016 Matt Shoemaker, LAA, P
Shoemaker lost in Kansas City on Wednesday, allowing five runs and eight hits in six innings.

Analysis: Shoemaker, though, didn't allow a base runner until the fifth inning, and his throw to first ricocheted of Raul Mondesi in the seventh, resulting in two runs scoring. Shoemaker's next scheduled start comes Tuesday against Oakland at home, where he's thrown 24 consecutive scoreless innings. He has a 0.79 ERA in his last six outings at Angel Stadium.
7/28/2016 Lance McCullers, Hou, P
McCullers worked six dominant innings Wednesday against the Yankees, racking up 10 strikeouts and yielding one run on five hits to win his second consecutive start.

Analysis: The hard-throwing right-hander also reached 10 K's for a second straight start and third time in his last five. McCullers has looked every bit the part of a frontline starter of late, as he's 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA and 50 strikeouts over his past six outings.
7/28/2016 Raúl Mondesí, KC, SS
Mondesi had a memorable 21st birthday Wednesday with two infield singles which led to four runs and two pitchers' throwing errors in a 7-5 win over the Angels.

Analysis: In just his second regular-season game in the majors, Mondesi showed his speed could make a big difference for the Royals' future. He bunted for his first big league hit, with two runs scoring on the play.
7/28/2016 Paulo Orlando, KC, RF
Orlando went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

Analysis: Orlando is batting .357 since the All-Star break
7/28/2016 Alex Gordon, KC, LF
Gordon went 3 for 4 and scored twice in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

Analysis: He had been 3 for 23 with eight strikeouts in his previous eight games to see his average dip below .200 for the first time since April, but now he's up to .209. The Royals next play four games in Arlington, and Gordon is only a career .213 hitter versus the Rangers.
7/28/2016 Eric Hosmer, KC, 1B
The slumping Hosmer went 0 for 3 with a walk in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

Analysis: Hosmer is 2 for 26 (.077) in his last eight games - all at home. Maybe an eight-game road trip can get the All-Star on track because it begins in Arlington, where he's a career .333 hitter with three homers and 11 RBIs in 12 games.
7/28/2016 Eduardo Rodríguez, Bos, P
Rodriguez struck out six while allowing three runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against Detroit.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was a little shaky in this one but has been solid since being recalled from Triple A at the All-Star break. Rodriguez owns a 3.06 ERA in three starts following the promotion, a big improvement from the 8.59 ERA he carried through his first six starts of 2016.
7/28/2016 Johnny Giavotella, LAA, 2B
Giavotella had a second straight three-hit performance Wednesday and scored a run in a loss to the Royals.

Analysis: Giavotella went 8 for 12 with three doubles in the three-game set at Kansas City after entering in a 2-for-24 slump.
7/28/2016 Brad Ziegler, Bos, P
Ziegler took the loss Wednesday against Detroit after giving up a tiebreaking solo homer to Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning.

Analysis: The run was the first allowed by Ziegler in seven innings since he was acquired from Arizona on July 9. The veteran side-armer's brief time as the Red Sox's closer should soon be coming to an end with Craig Kimbrel slated to be activated from the DL next week.
7/28/2016 Andrelton Simmons, LAA, SS
Simmons had two hits again and drove in a run in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

Analysis: Simmons has exactly two hits in six of his last seven games, batting .414, but only three have gone for extra bases and he's driven in just three runs during that span.
7/28/2016 Dustin Pedroia, Bos, 2B
Pedroia continued his hot stretch with a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to Detroit.

Analysis: The ultra-consistent second baseman is batting .406 over a seven-game hitting streak and has homered in two of his last four games.
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