MILWAUKEE -- AP --The Milwaukee Brewers claimed first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach off waivers and designated Justin Smoak for assignment as they attempt to boost their struggling lineup and make another September surge.

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Smoak had been hitting .186 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 40 strikeouts in 113 at-bats. Smoak went 1 of 21 over his last eight games. Vogelbach reached the All-Star Game with Seattle last season but has struggled ever since. He has batted .088  in a combined 20 games this season with Seattle and Toronto.

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