4/19/2014 | Weiss fine with mixing and matching outfielders
In addition to Drew Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon, and Michael Cuddyer, the Rockies have Carlos Gonzalez, Brandon Barnes, and Corey Dickerson available in the outfield, and Walt Weiss will use them all.
4/19/2014 | Seager showing signs of turning it around
Baseball is a game of constant adjustments, a truth to which Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager can attest. Through the first 15 games of the season, Seager has struggled at the plate, going hitless in eight of his appearances for a team-low .170 batting average.
4/19/2014 | A day later, Jones reflects on big league debut
Veterans John Buck and Willie Bloomquist talked National League strategy with Mariners rookie James Jones on the bench during Friday night's game at Marlins Park. So when manager Lloyd McClendon inserted Jones into right field for Stefen Romero in the bottom half of the seventh inning, Jones was ready for his big league debut.
4/19/2014 | McClendon gives hot-hitting Hart a night off
It didn't matter that Corey Hart came into Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's office following Friday night's game saying he felt great
4/19/2014 | Relaxed Thatcher attacking hitters out of bullpen
Reliever Joe Thatcher this season is pitching like the pitcher D-backs GM Kevin Towers thought he was getting last year when he acquired him from the Padres.
4/19/2014 | Hundley working hard despite limited playing time
The season is barely three weeks old, yet it has become evident that on a team with three catchers, Nick Hundley is the odd-man out. Does Hundley, who has played in eight of the team's first 17 games, feel that his days in San Diego are numbered?
4/19/2014 | Padres garnering lift from bench's power
When Yasmani Grandal connected for a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning on Friday, it gave the Padres four pinch-hit home runs this season in just 28 at-bats. On nine other occasions in franchise history, the Padres have finished with four pinch-hit home runs -- during an entire season.
4/19/2014 | Hamels will bring Phillies rotation to full strength
Cole Hamels is set to make his first start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He opened on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder. His recovery following a setback March 1 cost him three starts.
4/19/2014 | Phillies plan to ease Adams in slowly
Mike Adams pitched in a big league game for the first time since having surgery July 31. He threw a perfect inning with two groundball outs on Friday. The Phillies plan to ease in Adams slowly until he shows he is capable of returning to a late-inning role.
4/19/2014 | Phils look to Camp to buoy bullpen
The Phillies promoted ShawnCamp to the big leagues Friday night, optioning right-hander Jonathan Pettibone to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for him on the 25-man roster.
4/19/2014 | Cahill uses adrenaline, thinks less in first relief outing
Desperate to get right-hander Trevor Cahill on the right track, the D-backs shifted him to the bullpen in hopes the change of scenery would help him. The results Friday night against the Dodgers were encouraging.
4/19/2014 | Black aims to keep Gyorko's position static
Padres manager Bud Black could've used second baseman Jedd Gyorko at third base this week while Chase Headley was out. But Black doesn't want to move Gyorko back and forth, instead wishing to give him stability and keep him at second.
4/19/2014 | Cuddyer sits out second game, likely to miss finale
Rockies right fielder and reigning batting champ Michael Cuddyer sat out a second consecutive game Saturday, and according to manager Walt Weiss he is unlikely to start during the three-game Phillies series. Cuddyer suffered a left hamstring cramp in the seventh inning of Thursday's Rockies win in San Diego.
4/19/2014 | Minor poised to return; Floyd needs more time
Mike Minor took the mound at Triple-A Gwinnett's Coolray Stadium on Saturday night knowing that the Braves are planning to activate him from the disabled list within the next week. Gavin Floyd, however, will make at least two more rehab starts before joining Atlanta.
4/19/2014 | Benches clear at Fenway after pitch to Ross
The benches cleared at Fenway Park on Saturday after O's righty Bud Norris threw a pitch up and in to Red Sox catcher David Ross. Things settled down, and Boston won the game, 4-2.
4/19/2014 | Puig out of lineup as Mattingly continues rotation
Yasiel Puig's non-start Saturday against the D-backs is just part of the Dodgers' evolving four-outfielder rotation, manager Don Mattingly said before the game at Dodger Stadium.
4/19/2014 | Fredi is first manager to visit Replay Command Center
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez visited Major League Baseball Advanced Media's office on Saturday morning to see the Replay Command Center, where staffed umpires review the plays challenged by managers during the course of games.
4/19/2014 | Freeman's heads-up play yields 'insurance out'
Aaron Harang's exit after seven innings with a no-hit bid in place against the Mets on Friday might not have garnered so much attention had Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman not helped record what ended up being an "insurance fourth out" in the second inning.
4/19/2014 | Ubaldo looking for better results vs. Red Sox
O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who is still looking for his first quality start this season, will face the Red Sox for the second time this year on Sunday night at Fenway Park. Jake Peavy will start for Boston.
4/19/2014 | Count confrmed after review in A's-Astros game
Home-plate umpire Mike Winters lost track of the count during Jesus Guzman's at-bat in the top of the eighth inning of the game between the A's and Astros, leading to a crew-chief review on Saturday afternoon at O.co Coliseum.
4/19/2014 | Ike gets two hits, scores twice in Pirates debut
The Pirates acquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets on Friday night in a trade for Minor League reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named, and Davis went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while batting sixth in an 8-7 loss to the Brewers on Saturday night.
4/19/2014 | Pirates activate Stewart from DL, option Sanchez
Pirates catcher Chris Stewart, who underwent right knee surgery on March 19, has been recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the active roster, catcher Tony Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
4/19/2014 | Mercer out of starting lineup with sore right ankle
Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer left Friday night's 5-3 loss to Milwaukee after the third inning with discomfort in his right ankle, and he was held out of the starting lineup for Saturday night's contest but flew out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.
4/19/2014 | Rizzo expects to play Sunday after early exit
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had to leave Saturday's game because of back spasms but did not expect to miss Sunday's series finale against the Reds.
4/19/2014 | Sunday bullpen session Kershaw's next step
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw will throw a bullpen session on Sunday, then pitch to one or two hitters in game-simulation conditions, manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday.
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