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OUT LOUD

"When I saw we picked him up, I was excited. He's an old teammate of mine. I was pumped up when we picked him up. Unfortunately, I was the one out."

Vance Worley, after learning he was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh to make room for Joe Blanton. The two pitched for Philadelphia from 2010 to 2012.

GAME OF NUMBERS

16

Games played this season for Miami backup catcher Jeff Mathis. Of those, 10 have been in day games, including Thursday's.

81

The new uniform number for Kansas City first base coach Rusty Kuntz, after he gave up his No. 18 to just-acquired Ben Zobrist.

MINNESOTA WATCH

Dan Johnson

1B, St. Louis

The 35-year-old Blaine High School product's latest big-league stint is over after 12 games with the Cardinals, who designated him for assignment after recalling him earlier this month. Johnson has appeared in the majors in each of the past six seasons, with five teams. Since his memorable home run helped the Rays make the playoffs in the 2011 season finale, he has played 44 big-league games with the White Sox (2012), Orioles (2013), Blue Jays (2014) and Cardinals.