8/22/2013 | Kimbrel first to open with three 40-save seasons
Like in his first two full Major League seasons, Craig Kimbrel has once again reached the 40-saves mark. But his latest save has put him in uncharted waters.
8/22/2013 | Beachy to get checkup from Dr. Andrews
Brandon Beachy knew something was not right as his fastball velocity suddenly dipped during the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Mets. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gained the same sense when Beachy informed him the 82-mph pitch Juan Lagares popped up to end the inning was a fastball.
8/22/2013 | Uggla takes BP; Johnson starts at second
When Dan Uggla complained about the batter's eye while taking early batting practice at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez playfully told his second baseman that he was happy he could see.
8/22/2013 | Wandy to see surgeon for arm diagnosis
Wandy Rodriguez's simulated game early Thursday afternoon did not go well, as the Pirates pitcher experienced pain in his forearm and will see sports orthopedic surgeon James Andrews next week.
8/22/2013 | Gibson forever tied to The Swing and The Limp
The first thing anyone thinks of when the see D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, even 25 years later, is 'The Swing' and 'The Limp' that gave the Dodgers a walk-off win in the 1988 World Series, forever giving the then-hobbled slugger a place in baseball history.
8/22/2013 | Pirates hope to seal winning West trip vs. Pirates
The Pirates entered the week 28-54 since 2007 against National League West opponents, but on Friday, Pittsburgh could clinch a winning road trip with a victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.
8/22/2013 | Braves hope for late September return for Heyward
As the Braves prepared for a four-game series against the Cardinals on Thursday night, their thoughts were with Jason Heyward, who earlier in the day underwent surgery to repair the fractured jaw he suffered when he was hit by a Jon Niese fastball during Wednesday's win over the Mets.
8/22/2013 | Westbrook could miss next start with stiff back
Right-hander Jake Westbrook may not make his next scheduled start on Monday due to lingering back stiffness, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak revealed on Thursday.
8/22/2013 | Cards top prospect Taveras has ankle surgery
Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras underwent season-ending ankle surgery on Wednesday, during which a doctor cleaned up cartilage and repaired ligament damage.
8/22/2013 | Apologetic Braun breaks silence in statement
In a written statement through the Brewers on Thursday, outfielder Ryan Braun acknowledged taking banned substances -- "a cream and a lozenge" -- to recover from an injury in late 2011 and apologized for "any damage done to the game."
8/22/2013 | Braun releases statement on suspension
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun released a statement on his suspension on Thursday night.
8/22/2013 | Konerko a late scratch from lineup for KC finale
Manager Robin Ventura was forced to make several changes in the White Sox lineup for Thursday's series finale in Kansas City after Paul Konerko felt light-headed.
8/22/2013 | Versatile L. Garcia brought up to fortify bench
Diminutive infielder Leury Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday to replace outfielder Blake Tekotte, who was optioned to Charlotte late Wednesday night
8/22/2013 | Ventura expects emotional return for Pierzynski, Rios
White Sox manager Robin Ventura expects it will be an emotional experience for A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios on Friday when the two former South Siders return to U.S. Cellular Field for the first time.
8/22/2013 | Backstop repaired after two balls disappear
On Thursday, workmen installed a new mesh sign behind home plate where a baseball had vanished during back-to-back Royals-White Sox games at Kauffman Stadium.
8/22/2013 | Yost moves run producers to top of lineup
Before Thursday night's matchup with the White Sox, Royals manager Ned Yost moved Alex Gordon back to the leadoff spot, with Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Billy Butler rounding out the top of the order in an effort to step up the club's offensive production.
8/22/2013 | Mendoza, Chen root for home countries in LLWS
Royals pitchers Luis Mendoza and Bruce Chen took a friendly rivalry into the Little League World Series on Thursday, when Mexico and Panama squared off in an elimination game.
8/22/2013 | Recycling events to be held Friday, Saturday
This weekend the Royals, Interstate Batteries, Players for the Planet and Bridging the Gap are joining forces for a pair of electronics recycling events.
8/22/2013 | NYBC reps visit St. Jude Children's Hospital
A delegation from the National Youth Baseball Championships visited St. Jude Thursday for the purpose of visiting the children and spreading cheer throughout the hospital, and the patients returned the joy and inspiration in an indescribable fashion.
8/22/2013 | Eager to return to Yanks, Jeter begins rehab
Derek Jeter admitted that, if it was up to him, he'd have played at Yankee Stadium against the Blue Jays on Thursday. Instead, he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Pawtucket Red Sox, beginning his third rehab assignment of the season.
8/22/2013 | Gibbons ejected for arguing call on fly ball
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and left-hander Mark Buehrle were both ejected for arguing a disputed call on a fly ball hit to Rajai Davis during the fifth inning of Thursday afternoon's game against the Yankees.
8/22/2013 | Disappointing roster, farm ask tough queries of Halos
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton have had off years, promising prospects are mostly in the lower Minor League levels, basically every aspect of the big league club has struggled, many of the moves the front office made have backfired, and the Angels could finish with 90 losses for the first time in 14 years. Where do they go from here?
8/22/2013 | O's have more than one option to close games
Orioles closer Jim Johnson has allowed runs in four of his past five appearances, and based on what manager Buck Showalter said, he still looks like the favorite to get the ball in the team's next save spot. But it isn't automatic.
8/22/2013 | Rosen hopes to be remembered for resilience
Former Indians third baseman Al Rosen, who won the MVP Award in 1953 and the Executive of the Year Award in '87, is the subject of a new documentary about his success both on the field and in the front office.
8/22/2013 | Red Sox rookie Britton rises above the fear
After struggling through a couple rough years in the Minors and resultant confidence issues, Drake Britton is thriving with a fearless attitude.
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