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MLB Roundup: Royals bring Brett back

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The Kansas City Royals turned to a franchise icon to help cure the team's hitting woes.

The team announced the hiring of the Hall-of-Famer George Brett on an interim basis Thursday. He will share the job with Pedro Grifol, a former career minor-leaguer. Previous hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David were reassigned within the organization.

The Royals offense to this point has lacked power, with just 28 home runs in 50 games. They rank 14th in the AL in slugging percentage, and 13th in runs scored. Young players Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas haven't developed as quickly as hoped.

In a roster move, the Royals signed infielder Chase Lambin to a minor-league contract. The 33-year-old batted .253 in 89 games with the Miami Marlins' Triple-A team last season.

---New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada entered Wednesday at risk of being sent to the minor leagues. Instead, he landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle.

He suffered the injury during Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the New York Yankees, when he pulled up lame chasing a ninth-inning popup. The Mets recalled shortstop Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Las Vegas and moved Frank Francisco to the 60-day DL to clear room on the 40-man roster.

---Godzilla is returning to New York for one more day this summer. Former Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui will officially announce his retirement and be honored by the Yankees during a July 28 ceremony.

The 38-year-old batted .282 with 175 home runs and 760 RBIs in 1,236 big-league games with the Yankees, Oakland A's, Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays.

---The Atlanta Braves promoted pitcher Alex Wood from Double-A Mississippi to the big leagues.

The lefty posted a 1.26 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, while striking out 57 batters in 57 innings in 10 starts this season. A second-round pick last June, Wood will pitch in middle relief.

---The San Diego Padres optioned pitcher Anthony Bass to Triple-A Tucson on Thursday and replaced him with Nick Vincent.

Bass allowed four runs in relief on Monday, and posted a 4.55 ERA in 18 appearances. Vincent had a 1.71 ERA in 27 innings last season but missed most of spring training with a forearm injury.
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