8/8/2013 | At 22, Trout finding ways to top rookie season
Mike Trout is once again considered the best player in baseball by the all-encompassing Wins Above Replacement sabermetric statistic. It means -- in a big-picture sort of way -- that we may be witnessing the embryonic stages of one of the greatest players in history, while on pace to be the second since 1965 to rack up consecutive 10-plus WAR seasons.
8/8/2013 | Gosewisch's nine years in Minors finally pays off
Destructive, determined and ever-resilient, Tuff Gosewisch's nine-year road to the big leagues is finally a reality.
8/8/2013 | Unlike last year, Colon around for A's stretch drive
The A's were without Bartolo Colon's services down the stretch last year while he served a 50-game suspension, but this season, the right-hander will be around to help Oakland's playoff push.
8/8/2013 | White Sox youth baseball partnerships pay dividends
This is the first year that the White Sox partnered with a handful of youth leagues in Chicagoland, providing uniforms and instruction. The support has allowed leagues the ability to invest in field improvements or provide financial assistance to kids who would not otherwise be able to play.
8/8/2013 | First look: Brewers 2013 top pick Devin Williams
When his physical development is complete, right-hander Devin Williams, a second-round pick by the Brewers in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, will be an imposing figure on the mound.
8/8/2013 | Teen befriended by Kemp loses battle with brain cancer
Joshua Jones, the terminally ill Dodgers fan befriended by Matt Kemp earlier this season, has passed away. He was 19.
8/8/2013 | Rockies come home to find Bucs at their doorstep
Returning to the Mile High City will be a welcome uptick for a down Rockies club. Colorado limps home to host Pittsburgh after enduring a 1-9 road trip and will start Jorge De La Rosa, who hopes to outduel a locked-in Francisco Liriano.
8/8/2013 | Miller expected to be back on mound next week
On Thursday, one day after being stung on the right elbow by a line drive, Shelby Miller tested his pitching arm by playing catch. Encouraged by how well his arm responded to the exercise, Miller hopes to be back on the mound by next week.
8/8/2013 | Cardinals make adjustment to pitching plans
With their rotation already altered by Shelby Miller's abbreviated start on Wednesday, the Cardinals have decided to further tweak their pitching plans. The Cardinals plan to summon Michael Wacha to pitch against the Cubs on Saturday.
8/8/2013 | Freeman excited to be back with Redbirds
Sam Freeman's arrival from Triple-A on Thursday provided the bullpen with a fresh reliever and someone who could be able to offer a multiple-inning appearance, if needed. He takes a bullpen spot from Keith Butler, who was sent back to Memphis after throwing 45 pitches on Wednesday.
8/8/2013 | Dodgers complete road trip with a series win
Hyun-Jin Ryu cruised through seven innings, fanning seven, and A.J. Ellis took rookie right-hander Carlos Martinez deep in a 5-1 victory at Busch Stadium.
8/8/2013 | With McGwire's help, Puig evolving as a batter
Yasiel Puig's game is evolving. Through his first 17 games, Puig was walked just once. He often chased pitches outside the strike zone, and teams caught on, but he adjusted. With some help from hitting coach Mark McGwire, Puig has drawn 12 free passes in his last 14 games.
8/8/2013 | Gordon repays Mattingly's confidence
Prior to Wednesday's game, Don Mattingly voiced his confidence in Dee Gordon's abilities at the plate. Gordon had batted just .175 through 19 games from May 4-26, his previous big league stint this season, but he backed Mattingly's conviction with a 2-for-4 night.
8/8/2013 | Pressed into service, bench coming up big
Amid Los Angeles' 33-8 stretch, such role players as Jerry Hairston and Dee Gordon have emerged as every bit as important to the team's success as its stars.
8/8/2013 | No no-hitter, but Lincecum nearly flawless
Tim Lincecum allowed one hit over eight innings for his first win since his no-hitter and Brandon Belt drilled a three-run homer in the first inning, giving the Giants a 4-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday and a split of the four-game series.
8/8/2013 | Bucs walk off in 10, complete sweep of Marlins
The big idea is to sweep two years of bad memories under the rug. Small steps: The Pirates swept the Marlins out of town, dusting off the three-game cleanup Thursday afternoon on Russell Martin's pinch-hit single with two outs in the 10th inning for a 5-4 triumph.
8/8/2013 | Hahn: White Sox will reshape, not rebuild
GM Rick Hahn has a plan to bring the White Sox back into contention on the heels of this disappointing 2013 campaign, but he's holding the details close to the vest. However, he has made it clear that he's looking to reshape, not completely rebuild the team.
8/8/2013 | Claimed on waivers, Rosales returns to A's
A little more than a week after being designated for assignment by Oakland and being claimed by the Rangers, Adam Rosales was claimed off waivers by the A's on Thursday.
8/8/2013 | Banks to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
Ernie Banks will be awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with legendary basketball coach Dean Smith. President Barack Obama made the announcement regarding the two Hall of Famers on Thursday.
8/8/2013 | Bochy wishes MadBum kept comments in-house
While manager Bruce Bochy understood how Madison Bumgarner could be upset in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's game, he would have liked for his pitcher to have tempered his comments.
8/8/2013 | Blanco thriving in everyday role with Mariners
Henry Blanco, a 41-year-old journeyman playing with his 11th Major League team, has been thrust into the spotlight after an errant throw on July 25 struck Mike Zunino's hamate bone in his left wrist, sidelining him for weeks.
8/8/2013 | Reliability factor: Gee leads Mets to sweep of Rockies
Dillon Gee delivered another gem on Thursday, allowing just one run over 7 2/3 innings in a 2-1 win over the Rockies, leading the Mets to their first three-game home sweep this season.
8/8/2013 | Weeks placed on disabled list in advance of MRI
The Brewers fear that the hamstring injury suffered by Rickie Weeks on Wednesday night is severe, so they placed him on the disabled list before getting the results of an MRI while recalling Scooter Gennett.
8/8/2013 | Astros to call up lefty Chapman, DFA Blackley
The Astros will call up left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and designate southpaw Travis Blackley for assignment.
8/8/2013 | Surging Braves beginning to put it all together
Braves general manager Frank Wren exited Spring Training with the confidence he had assembled a roster capable of doing something special. After getting off to a red-hot start, his club proved mediocre over a three-month stretch that has become a distant memory during the past two weeks.
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