7/21/2014 | Hurdle loses challenge on play at second in first
The Pirates lost a first-inning challenge in Monday's game against the Dodgers on a safe call at second base. Facing Pirates starter Edinson Volquez with two outs, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez laced a line drive off the right-field wall, which was quickly fielded and thrown to second by Michael Martinez. Second-base umpire Laz Diaz ruled Gonzalez slid in safely ahead of shortstop Jordy Mercer's tag, and the call stood after replay review.
7/21/2014 | Two reviews favor Phillies; one goes for Giants
A replay review in the second inning of Monday night's series opener between the Phillies and Giants confirmed that Michael Morse was legitimately tagged out at home plate. Another replay review was called for with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg won a challenge on a play at first base. Sandberg's luck ran out in the bottom of the ninth, though, when he lost a challenge on the final play of the game.
7/21/2014 | Jones' two homers propel Norris, O's at Big A
Adam Jones showcased his power stroke Monday night in Anaheim, going deep twice -- and for the third time in three games -- to post a four-RBI game that lifted the Orioles to a series-opening 4-2 win over the Angels.
7/21/2014 | Ryan says Twins will listen to all trade offers
After getting swept by the Rays over the weekend, the Twins are looking more and more like they'll be sellers before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.
7/21/2014 | Injured Mauer ramps up baseball activities
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer continued to take ground balls before Monday's game against the Indians, and he started swinging the bat on Sunday.
7/21/2014 | Hosmer scratched due to bruised right hand
Shortly before game time on Monday night, manager Ned Yost scratched Eric Hosmer (bruised right hand) and put Billy Butler, normally his designated hitter, at first base for the first time this season.
7/21/2014 | Off-days could keep Greinke, Kershaw, Ryu on turn
With days off Thursday and next Monday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he might "manipulate" the starting rotation to keep Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu on their regular turns.
7/21/2014 | Butler hoping to extend stay with Kansas City
Billy Butler has had a struggle this season and no one, including him, is sure when or if he'll come out of it. One thing Butler does know is that he'd like to remain with the Royals -- even if it means renegotiating his contract.
7/21/2014 | Brignac, Nieves return to Phillies from disabled list
Cliff Lee's return to the starting rotation after two months on the disabled list was Monday night's headline, but the Phillies got back some additional depth in the form of Reid Brignac (left ankle sprain) and Wil Nieves (right quad strain), who were reinstated from the DL before the series opener against the Giants.
7/21/2014 | Gattis gets right back in the action off disabled list
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wasted no time putting Evan Gattis back in the lineup once the club activated the slugger from the disabled list on Monday afternoon and optioned fellow catcher Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett.
7/21/2014 | Alvarez expected to start Thursday's finale in Atlanta
All signs point to Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who took a comebacker off of his left shin on Saturday, being ready to make his scheduled start on Thursday in the series finale against the Braves at Turner Field.
7/21/2014 | Trade speculation heats up as Trade Deadline nears
The non-waiver Trade Deadline is July 31, and the Marlins are weighing whether to make any major moves.
7/21/2014 | Slumping Polanco sits with Bucs facing lefty
Gregory Polanco's slump finally reached the Pirates' bench Monday night. With the Bucs going up against Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, Polanco was absent from the lineup after he had gone 0-for-10 in the previous two games, started by Colorado southpaws Brett Anderson and Tyler Matzek.
7/21/2014 | Lara pays first visit to Miller Park
Gilbert Lara, the 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic who signed a record-breaking contract earlier this month, visited Miller Park for the first time on Monday and took a round of batting practice.
7/21/2014 | Phillips' recovery takes big step forward
The lengthy recovery process for Brandon Phillips took a step forward on Monday. Phillips, who underwent surgery on July 11 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, began working out in Cincinnati.
7/21/2014 | Ankle sprain improving, Choo back in outfield
Shin-Soo Choo was back in the outfield for the Rangers on Monday night for the first time since July 9. He is still dealing with a sprained left ankle but wants to play in the outfield as much as possible for the rest of the season.
7/21/2014 | Sale stays sharp after break in win over Royals
Chris Sale fired seven strong innings with eight strikeouts, while Adam Dunn delivered a decisive two-run single in the first to help the White Sox earn a 3-1 win over the Royals on Monday night.
7/21/2014 | A look back at Wright's decade of greatness
Monday marked the 10-year anniversary of David Wright donning a Mets uniform for the first time. Here's a look at five of the greatest moments for arguably the greatest player in franchise history.
7/21/2014 | Smoak sent to Triple-A as Ramirez rejoins Mariners
The Mariners optioned first baseman Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma after Monday night's 5-2 victory over the Mets to open a roster spot for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who will be recalled and start Tuesday night's game against New York at Safeco Field.
7/21/2014 | Follow-up X-rays on Hanley, Puig negative
X-rays taken on the left wrist of Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the left hand of right fielder Yasiel Puig came back negative Monday.
7/21/2014 | Morneau placed on DL with neck strain
The neck stiffness that Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has battled off and on all season finally got the best of him Monday as the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 14.
7/21/2014 | Tex to miss 3-4 days with mild lat strain
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to miss at least three or four days because of a mild strain to his lower left lat. Teixeira revealed on Monday that he started feeling spams up and down his back during the Yankees' series in Oakland from June 13-15, and he has received various treatments since.
7/21/2014 | Kipnis named AL Player of the Week
A big series against the rival Tigers helped highlight a week in which Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was named the American League Player of the Week.
7/21/2014 | Cardinals receive positive news on Wacha's MRI
The Cardinals reportedly received good news about young right-hander Michael Wacha on Monday, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporting that an MRI and CT scan on his right shoulder showed encouraging results.
7/21/2014 | Rizzo earns NL Player of the Week nod
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came out of the All-Star Break on a tear, and he has been named the National League Player of the Week for his efforts in the first series of the second half.
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