7/30/2014 | Baker enjoying position in Cubs' history
Cubs catcher John Baker rarely answers his cell phone during the season, and didn't acknowledge the 100-plus text messages that clogged his inbox early Wednesday after becoming the first Cubs position player to win a game as a pitcher in franchise history.
7/30/2014 | Avisail, Lindstrom ready to go on rehab assignments
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia and right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom begin their respective injury rehab assignments Friday with Triple-A Charlotte, as announced Wednesday by general manager Rick Hahn.
7/30/2014 | Hosmer says hand is almost fully healed
Eric Hosmer's bruised right hand originally occurred in a July 20 loss to the Red Sox. Hosmer, who returned to the lineup Tuesday, said he's close to 100 percent healed.
7/30/2014 | Jeter gets presidential sendoff from Bush in Texas
By now, Derek Jeter is used to the celebrations, the pregame festivities that opposing teams honor him with in his final stops at their ballparks. Typically, he knows what to expect. But that wasn't fully the case Wednesday night when the Rangers honored the shortstop by surprising him with a special on-field presentation from the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.
7/30/2014 | Rehab games possible for Lawrie this weekend
Brett Lawrie is feeling better, and manager John Gibbons is cautiously optimistic that his third baseman will begin playing rehab games this weekend.
7/30/2014 | Pirates' mistake leads to wild double play
The Giants turned the double play they needed to escape a sixth-inning jam Wednesday. But it wasn't the sort of sequence they simulate during infield practice. Double rundowns involving the pitcher and questionable Pirates baserunning created a 1-6-1-5 twin killing at AT&T Park.
7/30/2014 | Girardi won't alter approach to managing bullpen
The Yankees have been able to count on the back end of their bullpen most nights this season, which is why it was so concerning to see Adam Warren, Dellin Betances and David Robertson struggle in succession on Tuesday night against the Rangers.
7/30/2014 | Cashman: 'More work to do' before Trade Deadline
Brian Cashman has said that he has "more work to do" in preparing the Yankees' roster for a playoff run, and if the general manager is able to cross the finish line on anything, there could be new faces in the clubhouse on Friday at Fenway Park.
7/30/2014 | Trade target Rios exits after getting hit in left quad
With his name being prominently mentioned in trade rumors, Alex Rios was pulled out of Wednesday night's game vs. the Yankees in the fifth inning because of a bruised left quad. Rios was hit by a pitch from New York starter Hiroki Kuroda in the third inning. He played one inning and then was taken out as a precautionary measure.
7/30/2014 | Smolinski yet to run at full speed; Soto progressing
Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski said he is dealing with a small cracked bone in his left foot. He was hit on the foot by a foul ball last week in New York and is currently on the disabled list.
7/30/2014 | Fans recognize Lester amid uncertainty
During the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, the Fenway faithful made their feelings clear to lefty ace Jon Lester, who has been in the midst of trade rumors all week as today's non-waiver Deadline closes in.
7/30/2014 | Lewis solves Yankees as Rangers earn series victory
Colby Lewis held the Yankees to two runs over seven innings and the Rangers held on for a 3-2 victory in the final of a three-game series. Lewis allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four in his first regular-season win vs. New York.
7/30/2014 | Soria handling rough outings with professionalism
Through two appearances by Joakim Soria with the Tigers, manager Brad Ausmus can't be happy with his new reliever's performance. But, he has no concerns about Soria's ability to do exactly what he was brought over from Texas to do -- provide a boost to a bullpen that desperately needs one.
7/30/2014 | Wilson's return likely lone move near Deadline
Angels lefty C.J. Wilson completed his normal between-starts bullpen session on Wednesday, two days after an 81-pitch rehab start for Double-A Arkansas, and looks lined up to return from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
7/30/2014 | Giants take advantage to come back vs. Pirates
After a dormant Giants offense scored just six runs in its last six games -- each a loss -- the Giants' bats woke up and the team avoided what would've been its first winless six-game homestand at AT&T Park with a 7-5 comeback victory against the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon.
7/30/2014 | Mariners' brass busy with Deadline approaching
As Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, the Mariners remain in conversations on multiple fronts as general manager Jack Zduriencik looks at available options to help his club contend for a playoff berth.
7/30/2014 | Cubs bolster bullpen by recalling Rusin
The Cubs added a fresh arm to the bullpen on Wednesday, recalling lefty Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa. Blake Parker was optioned to Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster.
7/30/2014 | Cards rooting for burst of brilliance from Masterson
Shopping metaphors are in strong supply at the moment in my line of work, so let's call Justin Masterson the pair of designer shorts with a $150 price tag when the weather first warmed, now substantially discounted as the summer season wanes.
7/30/2014 | Buehrle nets elusive 'W' as Toronto sweeps Boston
Behind another strong offensive performance, the Blue Jays downed Boston, 6-1, at Fenway Park to complete a three-game sweep and get Mark Buehrle a victory.
7/30/2014 | Rockies go extras again, but emerge victorious
Brandon Barnes perpetrated a simple, positive act that went a long way toward restoring baseball order. Barnes waited on Wesley Wright's breaking ball and lashed a bases-loaded single into left field to drive in the Rockies' go-ahead run in the 10th inning in a 6-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field in front of 29,491.
7/30/2014 | Ubaldo feeling good following first rehab start
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on Wednesday said his right ankle "feels good" following Tuesday's rehab start. He will throw a side session later in the week before pitching this weekend, either on Sunday or Monday for Triple-A Norfolk or for the O's in the following week.
7/30/2014 | Revere-sionist history: Phillie center of attention
One of the best and most enduring lines ever uttered during a telecast of any baseball game came from the lips of -- well, we'll get to that. When it was said and where it was said for the first time is lost forever. And how many times it has been repeated also is unknown. The line lives on because it was a piece of genius -- clever and appropriate.
7/30/2014 | White Sox pitcher Jones has Tommy John surgery
White Sox reliever Nate Jones had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
7/30/2014 | O's prospect Harvey out for season with elbow injury
Hunter Harvey, one of the Orioles top pitching prospects, has been shut down for the season after an MRI done Tuesday revealed he has a strained flexor mass.
7/30/2014 | Keuchel twirls fourth CG of '14 as Astros win series
If there were any lingering effects from the Astros' deflating loss from the night before, they surely hid it from the masses. The Astros came out swinging on Wednesday -- and swinging, and swinging, and swinging -- scoring six runs right off the bat, so to speak, to coast to an easy 8-1 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics behind Dallas Keuchel's complete game.
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