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Rays look for help by trading for Angels’ Marc Krauss

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After being shut out twice in four days, the Tampa Bay Rays were looking for help.

At this point, even a guy hitting .143 will do.

The Rays aquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Marc Krauss from the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim Wednesday for minor league right-handed pitcher Kyle Winker. The Rays optioned Nick Frankin to Durham to make room for him.

Krauss, 27, spent parts of three seasons with the Angels and Astros, hitting .194. He has played first baseball, right field, left field and designated hitter.

In Salt Lake, Krauss hit .389. The Rays hope he will be a better solution at first base in the absence of injured James Loney than Jake Elmore or Franklin.

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