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8/20/2014 | McBride's grand slam lifts De La Rosa to 13th win

On Wednesday night, the deliberate Jorge De La Rosa kept the game close until Matt McBride launched his first career grand slam, in the sixth inning, and the Rockies ended up cooling off the sizzling Royals, 5-2, in front of 28,834.


8/20/2014 | McBride returns to starting lineup in grand fashion

The Rockies' Matt McBride rounded the bases with enthusiasm -- and without incident -- Wednesday night. McBride, whose contract the Rockies purchased from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, celebrated his first start Wednesday by clubbing a sixth-inning grand slam off Royals starter Danny Duffy.


8/20/2014 | Greinke pushed back with elbow issue, but will avoid DL

Clayton Kershaw will start Thursday night and Zack Greinke will be pushed back to Saturday to rest an irritated elbow, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.


8/20/2014 | Braves have mixed results in challenges vs. Bucs

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gained a potentially important out when he successfully challenged Angel Hernandez's call on a pickoff move during the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Pirates at PNC Park.


8/20/2014 | Balfour, Kiermaier frustrated after extras defeat

After Tuesday night's 8-6 loss in 11 innings, Rays reliever Grant Balfour was candid with reporters about his thoughts, particularly concerning the play that right fielder Kevin Kiermaier did not make that led to a leadoff triple. Both players said everything is good between them before Wednesday's contest.


8/20/2014 | Years later, missed opportunity haunts Listach

Derek Jeter still gives Astros third-base coach Pat Listach a hard time about it to this day. Take a close look at the 1996 Yankees team photo and you'll see Listach in the picture along with a fresh-faced Jeter and Andy Pettitte, Wade Boggs and Tino Martinez, among others. The Yankees won the World Series that year, but Listach doesn't have any fond memories or any ring.


8/20/2014 | Angels enjoying returns on trade for Freese, Salas

The Angels caught some heat last November, when they sent center fielder Peter Bourjos and prospect outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Cardinals in exchange for third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas. The immediate returns have been quite favorable, however.


8/20/2014 | Sturdy House, timely offense lead Tribe over Twins

On Wednesday night, T.J. House made his first start in nearly two weeks for the Indians and showed no signs of rust. The lefty pitched into the sixth inning, quieting Minnesota's bats and setting the tone for the Tribe in a 5-0 victory at Target Field.


8/20/2014 | Mets ride Duda's bat, Wheeler's arm to win vs. A's

Considering all the things that have gone wrong for the Mets this season, those that have gone right have stood out in stark relief. Two in particular were on display in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the A's: first baseman Lucas Duda's continued emergence and Zack Wheeler's obvious growth.


8/20/2014 | Lackey gives Neshek Ruth-signed ball for No. 41

Pat Neshek, an avid baseball card and memorabilia collector, received a Babe Ruth autographed baseball from John Lackey on Wednesday as a reward for giving up his No. 41 when Lackey arrived at the Trade Deadline.


8/20/2014 | Perez scratched with sore right knee, to have MRI

Royals catcher Salvador Perez will go for an MRI on his sore right knee Thursday after he was a late scratch for Wednesday's series finale against the Rockies.


8/20/2014 | Cards alter rotation so Waino faces Bucs, Crew

The Cardinals will use Thursday's off-day to manipulate their rotation and maximize their use of ace Adam Wainwright down the stretch.


8/20/2014 | Maybin reinstated from restricted list

Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was reinstated from the restricted list Wednesday. Maybin was suspended for 25 games on July 23 after testing positive for a prescription amphetamine, which was in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.


8/20/2014 | Marlins excited about surging Ozuna's potential

There are stretches where Marcell Ozuna tends to be all or nothing. With a homer in two straight games, the 23-year-old center fielder appears to be on one of his hot spells.


8/20/2014 | Chapman's ailing shoulder shows improvement

The sore left shoulder that has made Reds closer Aroldis Chapman unavailable since Sunday's four-walk debacle at Colorado has improved.


8/20/2014 | Verlander expects to start Saturday vs. Twins

Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander expects to avoid going on the disabled list and start on Saturday against the Twins after his right shoulder responded well in a successful long-toss session on Wednesday afternoon.


8/20/2014 | Castro to be placed on bereavement list

Shortstop Starlin Castro will likely be placed on the bereavement list in light of a family emergency, Cubs officials said on Wednesday.


8/20/2014 | Yanks, Tanaka encouraged by latest 'pen session

Masahiro Tanaka did not need a translator to answer "good" in response to questions of how his arm was feeling after his latest bullpen session on Wednesday.


8/20/2014 | With discomfort in shoulder, S. Simmons given rest

When this week began, the Braves thought Shae Simmons might be just a few days away from rejoining Atlanta's bullpen. But they are now simply hoping Simmons eventually overcomes the right shoulder ailment that has forced him to be shut down again.


8/20/2014 | Morton dealing with sports hernia in right hip

Charlie Morton told reporters Wednesday he has a sports hernia in his right hip and added the issue has bothered him since early June.


8/20/2014 | Pirates keep pace in playoff race with walk-off win

On Wednesday, Gerrit Cole's seven superb innings set up a 3-2 walk-off win over the Atlanta Braves, halting the Bucs' seven-game slide.


8/20/2014 | Williams eyeing September return for Zimmerman

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that his gut feeling for the return of injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is "sometime in September." It's been nearly a month since Zimmerman suffered a Grade 3 hamstring strain running to first base in Colorado.


8/20/2014 | Rendon walks off Nats for ninth straight win

Make it nine victories in a row. Anthony Rendon, who was scheduled to have a day off, came to the plate as a pinch-hitter and singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Nationals edge the D-backs, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.


8/20/2014 | Beltran again sidelined by right elbow issue

Carlos Beltran received a cortisone shot to help him deal with the soreness in his right elbow that kept him out of Wednesday's lineup and will sideline him for at least Thursday's game as well.


8/20/2014 | Taney Little Leaguers have fans in Phillies

Manager Ryne Sandberg entered the Phillies' media room Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park wearing an unfamiliar blue T-shirt and blue cap.




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