4/17/2013 | Butcher seeks answers for starting staff
Although it's early, and their track records suggest they will be better and pitch deeper, nobody is taking the Angels' starting pitching troubles lightly -- especially not pitching coach Mike Butcher.
4/17/2013 | Tigers honored to wear No. 42, eager to see film
Torii Hunter, Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson have all worn No. 42 during Jackie Robinson Day celebrations for several years now, and they don't know if they could've handled what Robinson went through.
4/17/2013 | Leake leads way on hill, with bat as Reds rout Phils
Mike Leake went seven shutout innings and added three hits as the Reds routed the Phillies, 11-2, on Wednesday to cap a sweep at Great American Ball Park.
4/17/2013 | Sabathia relies on guile to get job done
Changing speeds and locations, working all over the strike zone, CC Sabathia bounced back from a rocky first inning to stifle a good D-backs offense in a 4-3 Yankees win on Wednesday night. Sabathia throwing 90 mph may be less intimidating than Sabathia at 93, but he's no less confounding.
4/17/2013 | Maddon ejected in fifth against Orioles
Joe Maddon received his first ejection of the season Wednesday after running onto the field to confront second base umpire Brian Knight in the aftermath of a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play.
4/17/2013 | Ortiz gets active in Toronto community right off the bat
Ramon Ortiz was called up on Monday to fill the team's long-relief role, and only two days later, the veteran right-hander and Blue Jays mascot Ace arrived at Westmount Junior School in Toronto to help promote healthy and active lifestyles on Wednesday.
4/17/2013 | Escobar fortifying defense during slump at plate
Yunel Escobar entered Wednesday night's action sporting a .089 batting average, with one hit in his last 27 at-bats. Despite struggling offensively, he hoped to keep those struggles from affecting his defense.
4/17/2013 | Brewers bring back K-Rod on Minors deal
The Brewers re-signed veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez to a Minor League contract Wednesday that gives the team 30 days to evaluate Rodriguez and decide whether to add him to the big league bullpen.
4/17/2013 | A View from Studio 3: Kennedy aces without flash
Ian Kennedy is at Yankee Stadium for an Interleague series. It's his first trip to the Bronx since 2009, when a monster three-team trade landed the former Yankees hurler in Arizona. Now 28 years old, Kennedy is one of the most reliable starters in the NL.
4/17/2013 | Shoppach to split more time with Montero at catcher
Second-year catcher Jesus Montero was back behind the plate Wednesday after sitting the previous two games, but manager Eric Wedge acknowledged he was looking to play veteran Kelly Shoppach more in the coming days.
4/17/2013 | Zito, Giants appreciate just-ended winning streak
Following his Tuesday performance, in which Barry Zito's run of 11 straight victories (counting the posteason) came to an unceremonious end, the left-hander had an immediate chance to reflect on the achievement.
4/17/2013 | O's Jones credited with homer after video review
The Orioles scored the first runs of the season allowed by Rays lefty Matt Moore in dramatic fashion Wednesday night, with Adam Jones delivering a two-run home run on a call that was overturned after being reviewed on replay.
4/17/2013 | Collins confident in Tejada's glovework
Asked frequently this spring about Ruben Tejada's slump at the plate, Mets manager Terry Collins liked to say that "Ruben has a track record." Now that Tejada is slumping defensively, Collins is sticking with the same response
4/17/2013 | Fenway Park's anthem started innocuously
In the wake of the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday, "Sweet Caroline" was transformed from a Fenway Park sing-along to a song that was played in cities throughout Major League Baseball on Tuesday night.
4/17/2013 | Burnett notches milestone with 2,000 Ks
A.J. Burnett notched career strikeout No. 2,000 on Wednesday night at PNC Park. The historic punchout occurred in the top of the second inning, when Cards outfielder Carlos Beltran was called out on strikes.
4/17/2013 | Capuano's injury tied to fracas in San Diego
The left calf strain that sent Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano to the disabled list on Wednesday surfaced before Thursday's game in San Diego and became worse during the benches-clearing incident that sidelined Zack Greinke.
4/17/2013 | Rangers support Autism Awareness
The Rangers are offering special discounts on a variety of seating areas for Saturday's 7:05 p.m. CT game against the Mariners as part as their support of Major League Baseball's league-wide autism awareness initiative.
4/17/2013 | Washington says Holland much more 'polished'
Derek Holland is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA after his first three starts of 2012, and Rangers manager Ron Washington said the 26-year-old left-hander is much better than he was even two years ago when he dominated the Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series.
4/17/2013 | Pronk's pinch-hit homer turns CC into winner
Travis Hafner made the most of the only pitch he saw, blasting a fastball from David Hernandez into the right-field seats for a go-ahead blast as the Yankees came from behind late to defeat the D-backs, 4-3, on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
4/17/2013 | Lalli's hit caps Brewers' walk-off victory
Kyle Lohse was denied his first Brewers victory after flirting with a no-hitter, but his teammates rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Giants, 4-3, at Miller Park on Wednesday.
4/17/2013 | Hanrahan understands DL move, starts ramping up
Closer Joel Hanrahan would have preferred avoiding the disabled list, but he understood why the team put him there on Tuesday.
4/17/2013 | Corbin must beat, not root for boyhood team
As a kid growing up in upstate New York, Patrick Corbin was a huge Yankees fan. On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, he will get the ball for the D-backs in the series finale and try to beat the Yankees.
4/17/2013 | Lackey getting close to mound work
For the second straight day, John Lackey played long toss, but Thursday is a more significant day as the righty throws off the mound for the first time since straining his right biceps on April 6.
4/17/2013 | Series finale vs. Angels postponed
Inclement weather at Target Field caused a postponement of Wednesday's series finale between the Angels and Twins.
4/17/2013 | Gonzalez hopes to go distance in Camden debut
It took two weeks of games, but Miguel Gonzalez will finally make his home debut Thursday night against the Rays, marking the first time he has pitched at Camden Yards -- including the postseason -- since Oct. 2.
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