7/24/2014 | Francona: Masterson returning to form as good as trade
The Indians believe that a having a healthy Justin Masterson for the final two months of the season could have a similar impact as adding an arm via a trade.
7/24/2014 | Noesi's arm, Eaton's bat lead Sox over Twins
Hector Noesi pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs as the White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins, 5-2, Thursday night at Target Field.
7/24/2014 | Struggling behind the plate, Salty working to improve
When it comes to his defense, Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia doesn't sugarcoat the numbers. The 29-year-old has committed 12 errors, which ties him with Cleveland's Yan Gomes for the most by any catcher in the Majors.
7/24/2014 | Samardzija's gem, Moss' grand slam fuel A's romp
Jeff Samardzija threw eight innings in the rubber match against the Astros, allowing five hits while striking out six and walking none as the A's cruised, 13-1. Brandon Moss clubbed his third career grand slam, all of which have come this season.
7/24/2014 | Taylor, Montero promoted, in Mariners' lineup
Shortstop Chris Taylor, last year's Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, and designated hitter Jesus Montero were called up from Triple-A Tacoma in time to start Thursday night's series opener with the Orioles at Safeco Field.
7/24/2014 | Deadline roundup: Rays face decision on Price
Seven straight wins had the Rays sitting a suddenly manageable seven games back in the AL East, entering Friday, to say nothing of the meager 4 1/2-game deficit they held in the Wild Card. So it would surprise absolutely no one if all this David Price banter leads to bupkis in terms of actual trade activity before the Deadline.
7/24/2014 | Yanks land lefty Capuano from Rockies
The Yankees continued to stay busy on the transaction front Thursday, acquiring left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations. Capuano, 35, was signed as a free agent by the Rockies on July 4 and made four starts between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.79 ERA.
7/24/2014 | Adrianza's leg injury may clear way for Uggla
Infielder Ehire Adrianza re-injured his right hamstring on Thursday during the Giants' 2-1 loss to the Philllies and may have to return to the disabled list, potentially creating a roster spot for Dan Uggla.
7/24/2014 | Castro misses double-play partner Barney
Starlin Castro still uses a glove that Darwin Barney had made for the two of them. However, the Cubs shortstop has not talked to Barney since the second baseman was designated for assignment on Tuesday.
7/24/2014 | Black sets rotation for Braves series
Bud Black made a long-awaited announcement regarding his pitching rotation for the Padres' upcoming four-game series in Atlanta. Jesse Hahn will get the ball for Friday's opener, followed by Odrisamer Despaigne on Saturday, Eric Stults on Sunday and Ian Kennedy in Monday's series finale.
7/24/2014 | MLB issues statement on Bronx tarp malfunction
After a tarp malfunction at Yankee Stadium contributed to the calling of Wednesday night's game, leaving the Yankees with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers after 4 1/2 innings, Major League Baseball released an official statement in response on Thursday.
7/24/2014 | Ortiz day to day with back spasms after exiting late
David Ortiz left Thursday's 8-0 loss to Toronto in the ninth inning with back spasms after he checked his swing on an offering from Blue Jays lefty Rob Rasmussen.
7/24/2014 | Twins cancel Knoblauch's Hall of Fame induction
In the wake of his arrest Wednesday after being accused of assaulting his former wife, the Twins announced they have canceled Chuck Knoblauch's 2014 Twins Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which had been scheduled for Aug. 23 at Target Field.
7/24/2014 | Papelbon content to remain in Phillies' bullpen
Jonathan Papelbon would like to be traded to a contender before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the veteran closer said on Thursday that he likes the makeup of the Phillies' bullpen and wouldn't be disappointed if he's still with the club in August.
7/24/2014 | Mets call up Flores, send down Nieuwenhuis
Lacking a true utility infielder on their bench, the Mets recalled Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas and sent down outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis on Thursday.
7/24/2014 | Feeling's mutual: Astros holding on to Qualls
The Astros could be looking for some outfield help, considering they have three outfielders on the shelf, but one player who won't be moved is closer Chad Qualls, who has a 1.78 ERA and 11 saves this year. Qualls, who was drafted and developed by the Astros, wants to finish his career in Houston and be part of the team's turnaround.
7/24/2014 | Trick up their sleeve? Revisiting key Dodgers trades
From Manny Ramirez to Ricky Nolasco and Hanley Ramirez to the Boston Blockbuster, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti hasn't been shy about in-season trading.
7/24/2014 | Morales just what Seattle's offense needs right now
Seattle is in dire need of offense to release some of the pressure from that superb pitching staff and quality defense. Walk right in, Kendrys Morales, and make yourself at home in a clubhouse that will welcome you like a cool breeze on a late July afternoon.
7/24/2014 | Astros taking it slow with Fowler's recovery
Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler doesn't appear to be close to returning to action, and it's not a stretch to assume that he won't be available until after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
7/24/2014 | Victorious McCarthy continues to stabilize Yanks
Brandon McCarthy is making the most of that second season, fitting nicely into pinstripes and providing the Yankees with another solid outing on Thursday. He permitted just one run over six innings as New York defeated the Rangers, 4-2, at Yankee Stadium.
7/24/2014 | A's recall Scribner to reinforce weary bullpen
After a 12-inning contest on Tuesday and a grueling eighth inning on Wednesday, the A's bullpen was in serious need of some relief. Evan Scribner is here to provide it. Oakland recalled Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, as Jim Johnson was designated for assignment.
7/24/2014 | Thumb sprain keeps Cespedes out of lineup
Yoenis Cespedes sprained his right thumb on Wednesday and was not in the A's lineup on Thursday, but manager Bob Melvin said there is a good chance that Cespedes will start Friday in Texas.
7/24/2014 | Mariners get Morales back from Twins
The Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.
7/24/2014 | Cashman prioritizes adding bat before August
The reformulated Yankees rotation has performed better than Brian Cashman would have anticipated, and the general manager said that he'd prefer to focus his attention on acquiring a big bat as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
7/24/2014 | Tanaka feeling only marginal improvement
Masahiro Tanaka is still reporting discomfort in his right elbow, 10 days after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection, but the Yankees are still hopeful to have the right-hander return to the big league mound this season.
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