Rays sign Juan Francisco

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According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Rays have signed corner infielder/DH Juan Francisco to a minor league contract.

Francisco spent last season with the Blue Jays and batted .220 with 16 home runs and a .747 OPS over 106 games. He was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox in November, but became a free agent after being non-tendered last month.

Francisco owns a .236 career batting average with a 34-percent strikeout rate, but he offers some power against right-handers and could have value as a bench player with Tampa Bay.

Manny Machado homers in return to Camden Yards

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Padres third baseman made his much anticipated return to Camden Yards on Tuesday, his first appearance there as a visiting player after signing a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres in February. The Orioles’ faithful gave Machado a standing ovation as he came to the plate for his first at-bat. He would strike out looking.

In Machado’s next at-bat, he crushed a first-pitch Jimmy Yacabonis fastball out to left-center field for a solo homer, boosting the Padres’ lead to 5-1. It marked Machado’s 100th career homer at Camden Yards.

Machado now has 17 homers on the season along with 48 RBI, 47 runs scored, and a .279/.355/.503 triple-slash line.