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|5/23/2013||Alex Burnett, P (Bal)||The Baltimore Orioles designated right-hander Alex Burnett for assignment on Thursday.
Analysis: Burnett pitched in two games for the Orioles, allowing three runs and four hits in 1 1-3 innings.
|5/23/2013||Jake Arrieta, P (Bal)||The Baltimore Orioles optioned right-hander Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk.
Analysis: Arrieta is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts this season. He went 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA last year.
|5/23/2013||Matt Holliday, LF (StL)||Holliday was 2 for 5 with an RBI triple - his first of 2013 - in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Padres on Wednesday.
Analysis: Holliday has eight runs and seven RBIs over his last nine games.
|5/23/2013||Yadier Molina, C (StL)||Molina went 4 for 5 - all the hits singles in St. Louis' 5-3 win over San Diego on Wednesday.
Analysis: Molina's 13th career four-hit game comes after he was 6 for 29 in the previous eight games.
|5/23/2013||Jedd Gyorko, 3B (SD)||Gyorko was 2 for 4 with his fifth home run in the Padres' 5-3 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday.
Analysis: Gyorko remains hot, hitting .424 with a 1.197 OPS over his last nine games.
|5/23/2013||Delmon Young, LF (Phi)||Young was 2 for 4 with his second home run in as many days Wednesday as the Phillies claimed a 3-0 win at the Marlins.
Analysis: Young started the season 10 for 52 before going 4 for 8 the last two games, so maybe he's finally settling in with his new club.
|5/23/2013||Cliff Lee, P (Phi)||Lee recorded his 12th career shutout Wednesday, limiting the Marlins to three hits in the Phillies' 3-0 victory.
Analysis: Lee also went 2 for 4 at the dish as he collected his third win in four starts.
|5/23/2013||Jeff Samardzija, P (ChC)||Samardzija held the Pirates to one run, three hits and a walk over seven innings on Wednesday, though he received the loss in a 1-0 defeat.
Analysis: Samardzija is 2-6, though his ERA and run support average both sit at 3.25.
|5/23/2013||Francisco Liriano, P (Pit)||Liriano fired seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts against the Cubs' in a 1-0 Pirates victory Wednesday.
Analysis: Pittsburgh's acquisition of Liriano is looking like a coup at this point, as the left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts.
|5/23/2013||Andrew McCutchen, CF (Pit)||McCutchen went 2 for 4 with two doubles in Pittsburgh's 1-0 win over Chicago on Wednesday.
Analysis: McCutchen is 9 for 22 over his last five contests, with five of those hits coming as doubles.
|5/23/2013||Gio Gonzalez, P (Was)||Gonzalez limited San Francisco to one run and four hits over 7 1-3 innings in Washington's 2-1 victory Wednesday, though he didn't record a win.
Analysis: It was the third straight start in which Gonzalez failed to record a decision despite a 1.29 ERA over that stretch.
|5/23/2013||Bryce Harper, LF (Was)||Harper hit his 12th homer and tripled, accounting for both the Nationals' runs in a 2-1 win at San Francisco on Wednesday.
Analysis: Harper's first multi-hit game since April 27 comes after he was criticized for not making a crucial play in the outfield in Tuesday's 4-2 loss, a criticism he agreed with and took responsibility for.
|5/23/2013||Ross Wolf, P (Tex)||Wolf pitched five strong innings for his first big league win in his first start in the majors as the Rangers avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Wolf came up from Triple-A Round Rock for a spot start after the Rangers scratched rookie Nick Tepesch because of a blister. He beamed in front of the cameras afterward and said "awesome" a lot after escaping trouble in the fourth and fifth and getting a big boost from Neal Cotts when he was replaced in the sixth.
|5/23/2013||Madison Bumgarner, P (SF)||Bumgarner held the Nationals to one run and four hits over seven innings but it wasn't enough for a victory in the Giants' 2-1 loss to Washington on Wednesday.
Analysis: It was a much more characteristic outing for Bumgarner after he gave up nine runs in 4 2-3 innings his last time out. He remains 4-2 while his ERA improved to 2.89.
|5/23/2013||Jarrod Parker, P (Oak)||Parker fell to 2-6 in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Parker was down 3-0 just four batters into the game, but went seven innings for Oakland. The right-hander retired 11 of the next 12 Rangers after Adrian Beltre's homer and allowed six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
|5/23/2013||Derek Norris, C (Oak)||Norris had two hits in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Norris is batting .216 with little or no effectiveness.
|5/23/2013||Jose Bautista, RF (Tor)||Bautista put on a fantasy show Wednesday in a 4-3, 10-inning win over the Jays.
Analysis: Bautista homered twice and drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single as he went 4 for 4 and earned fantasy owners a big night of production. Fantasy owners fantasize about such a performance.
|5/23/2013||Mark Buehrle, P (Tor)||Buehrle did not get a decision Wednesday in a 4-3, 10-inning win over the Jays.
Analysis: Buehrle allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season. Buehrle has not won since April 15 against the Chicago White Sox, a span of seven starts. Buehrle struck out four straight in the second and third, and ended his outing by recording 11 straight outs.
|5/23/2013||Jeremy Hellickson, P (TB)||Hellickson did not get a decision Wednesday in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Jays.
Analysis: Hellickson bounced back after giving up career highs of eight runs and 10 hits against Baltimore in his last outing. He allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high eight innings but closer Fernando Rodney blew the save to cost him and fantasy owners the win.
|5/23/2013||Jose Molina, C (TB)||Molina had two hits Wednesday in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Jays.
Analysis: Molina owns a .609 OPS in part-time duty.
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