8/31/2013 | Prospect Arroyo opens eyes in Rookie ball
Shortstop Christian Arroyo, the Giants' No. 1 pick (25th overall) in June's First-Year Player Draft, made an immediate impression by being named Most Valuable Player of the Rookie-level Arizona League on Saturday.
8/31/2013 | Reds expect light September role for Hamilton
As manager Dusty Baker points out, the combined half dozen players targeted to join the roster Sunday and Monday, including top prospect Billy Hamilton, are not likely to get an abundance of time in the lineup.
8/31/2013 | Embracing new start, Duke solid in Reds debut
Left-hander Zach Duke made his Reds debut Friday night, throwing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Reds' 9-6 loss to the Rockies. He gave up three hits and struck out two.
8/31/2013 | Giants express sympathy for former teammate Ross
Visiting Chase Field and his Arizona Diamondbacks teammates Saturday for the first time since sustaining horrific right hip injuries Aug. 11, Cody Ross encountered one of his old Giants acquaintances: manager Bruce Bochy. "Everybody who played with Cody likes him," Bochy said.
8/31/2013 | Liriano posting historic numbers against rival Cards
Francisco Liriano took his fabulous comeback season -- don't forget, in a 2012 campaign split between the Twins and the White Sox, he went 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA -- to a new level with his Friday night gem against the Cardinals.
8/31/2013 | Volquez interested in returning to Dodgers as starter
Edinson Volquez said negotiations with the Dodgers that led to his signing Friday did not include any assurances for 2014, but he likes the idea of staying beyond this year.
8/31/2013 | A-Rod a late scratch with flu-like symptoms
Alex Rodriguez was a late scratch from the Yankees' lineup on Saturday with flu-like symptoms. Manager Joe Girardi is hopeful A-Rod will return to action Sunday.
8/31/2013 | Morse excited to join Orioles' playoff chase
New Oriole Michael Morse, who arrived at the team hotel in New York at 3:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, stood in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium and talked about how excited he was to be part of a contending club.
8/31/2013 | Nagging wrist injury sends Pearce to DL
Steve Pearce's nagging left wrist injury continues to be an issue, and the O's decided to place the outfielder/designated hitter on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season prior to Saturday's game.
8/31/2013 | Red Sox acquire infielder McDonald from Phillies
The Red Sox acquired utility infielder and longtime Major Leaguer John McDonald, as well as cash considerations, from the Phillies in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Nefi Ogando on Saturday.
8/31/2013 | Infante plays hero as offense steps up against Tribe
The big contributors change, but the Tigers' success against Cleveland stays the same. With Miguel Cabrera out of the lineup, it was Omar Infante haunting the Indians with his first two-homer game as a Tiger since 2006, driving in five runs before the Tigers' bullpen hung on for a 10-5 win at Comerica Park.
8/31/2013 | Pettitte, Chen to match up in key division, WC tilt
Having won two in a row and 15 of 22 since Aug. 9, New York will send lefty Andy Pettitte to the mound on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, while Baltimore will counter with southpaw Wei-Yin Chen as both clubs continue their chase of a postseason spot.
8/31/2013 | Nova stellar as Yanks pass Orioles in standings
Ivan Nova dominated the Orioles on Saturday, tossing a near-flawless shutout and leading the Yankees to a 2-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. The win moves New York ahead of Baltimore in both the AL East and AL Wild Card standings.
8/31/2013 | Ross in good spirits in first visit since hip injury
D-backs outfielder Cody Ross returned to Chase Field for the first time since he dislocated and broke his right hip running to first base Aug. 11 and said he expects to be back in action during Spring Training next year.
8/31/2013 | Former prospect Rogers removed from 40-man roster
The Brewers quietly removed first-round Draft pick Mark Rogers from the 40-man roster on Friday, positioning Rogers to be a Minor League free agent after the World Series.
8/31/2013 | Prospect Owings making case for callup
While no final decision has been made, it looks like one of the D-backs' September callups will be Triple-A Reno shortstop Chris Owings, ranked as Arizona's No. 3 prospect by MLB.com.
8/31/2013 | M. Ellis' pinch-hit single inches LA closer to postseason
Chris Capuano set the tone with seven steady innings of one-run ball, and Mark Ellis came through with a pinch-hit RBI single in a 2-1 comeback win over the Padres on Saturday.
8/31/2013 | Reynolds wants to pitch again this year
D-backs left-hander Matt Reynolds is still hoping to pitch before the end of the season. Reynolds, who has been on the disabled list since June 10, was diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
8/31/2013 | Ogando feeling good after bullpen session
Alexi Ogando threw a bullpen session on Saturday, and said afterward that things went well. He threw about 35 pitches, mixing all of his pitches during the session. The right-hander plans to have another bullpen session on Monday.
8/31/2013 | Feliz back with Rangers, to join roster Sunday
Neftali Feliz was back with the Rangers on Saturday, participating in stretches and signing autographs. He's expected to be added to the roster Sunday when the rosters expand.
8/31/2013 | Washington not changing gameplan with Darvish
Rangers manager Ron Washington won't change the way he uses Yu Darvish, although his ability to close out games has been a topic of discussion in his recent starts.
8/31/2013 | Veteran bench providing depth, mentorship
The Rangers have had the luxury of a deep bench this season, something Rangers manager Ron Washington hasn't had often during his time as the skipper. It's been a common occurrence for Washington to turn to his bench during a game for a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner.
8/31/2013 | In Cardinals debut, Axford delivers perfect inning
John Axford estimates that he finally arrived at The Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel around midnight Friday, after spending several hours trying to get out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to join his new team. After his traveling adventure, the newest Cardinals reliever said he's thrilled to be part of a postseason race.
8/31/2013 | Butcher finally seeing rotation reach potential
The Angels' pitching-dominated road trip can't help but conjure "what if" feelings. Pitching coach Mike Butcher knows that health played a big part in pitching woes earlier this season, but he's finally seeing the rotation compete at a consistently high level.
8/31/2013 | Oswalt to make rehab start at Grand Junction
Roy Oswalt said he planned to make a rehab start with the Rockies' Rookie affiliate while working back from a left hamstring injury sustained July 7.
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