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Cubs get Jorge Soler back from ankle sprain

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As announced on the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …

Soler wound up missing over a month with a sprained left ankle. He was just 2-for-13 on his four-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and the 23-year-old returns Sunday to a relatively underwhelming .724 OPS. But he feels like a player who’s capable of breaking out in a huge way in the second half.

Soler put up a .903 OPS, five home runs, and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games last year.

Orioles activate Jonathan Schoop after 10-week absence

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From the official Twitter account of the Baltimore Orioles …

Schoop originally landed on the disabled list on April 18 after being diagnosed with both a PCL tear and MCL strain in his left knee. So this was nearly a three-month absence.

The 23-year-old second baseman had three home runs in his first nine games this season.

Schoop smacked 16 home runs in 137 games last season despite a .598 OPS.

Video: Major League Baseball celebrates Independence Day

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Check out this wrap-around style montage of all the July 4 action in Major League Baseball …

Josh Hamilton may be headed back to the disabled list

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Josh Hamilton has a .954 OPS in 10 games with the Rangers. The problem is he’s only played in 10 games.

Hamilton had to be placed on the disabled list on May 31 — just a week after rejoining Texas — because of a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and now he’s probably headed back there with a groin problem.

“This is a guy we’d like to have for an extended period of time,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday night. “I’m trying my best to figure this whole thing out with him and what is best for Josh.”

Texas lost 13-0 to the visiting Angels on July 4, dropping to 6 1/2 games back of the Astros in the American League West standings.

Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The best fireworks on July 4 came from the Angels.

Anaheim’s offense combined for five doubles, two homers, and 15 total hits Saturday in a 13-0 rout of the host Rangers. The only position player who didn’t manage a hit was a Mike Trout, though he did draw a walk in the top of the second inning and score a run after a hit-by-pitch in the top of the sixth.

Angels left-hander Hector Santiago cruised over seven innings, yielding just three hits and a walk to lower his already-shiny season ERA to 2.40.

Anaheim will be chasing a sweep Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. The club is four games back of the American League West-leading Astros.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday’s slate …

Giants 3, Nationals 9

Rays 2, Yankees 3

Blue Jays 3, Tigers 8

Astros 1, Red Sox 6

Orioles 2, White Sox 3

Padres 1, Cardinals 2

Mariners 0, Athletics 2

Indians 0, Pirates 1

Twins 5, Royals 3

Phillies 5, Braves 9

Marlins 2, Cubs 7

Brewers 7, Reds 3

Mets 3, Dodgers 4

Angels 13, Rangers 0

Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 7