8/16/2013 | Pirates sign reliever Farnsworth to Minors deal
Making another move clearly in hopes of adding additional veteran presence for a September drive into the postseason, the Pirates on Friday signed right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth.
8/16/2013 | Sandberg conflicted, but eager for opportunity
Ryne Sandberg finally has his shot. The Phillies announced Friday that Sandberg had been named interim manager following Charlie Manuel's dismissal after eight-plus seasons. Sandberg will have 42 games to prove himself a worthy replacement for Manuel
8/16/2013 | Arcia sits with sore wrist; Ramirez gets start
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia sat out Friday's game, until pinch-hitting in the eighth inning, against the White Sox because of a sore wrist. Wilkin Ramirez started in right field in his absence.
8/16/2013 | Gardy sad to see Manuel let go by Phillies
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's last manager during his playing days was Charlie Manuel, so he was disappointed to hear the news that the Phillies replaced the long-time skipper on Friday.
8/16/2013 | After getting first career hit, Lambo gets break
It took Andrew Lambo seven years to reach the Major Leagues. Once he got the call, however, his actual big league career went to hyper speed with the Pirates.
8/16/2013 | Rays take to community to lend helping hand
Matt Moore made his final visit of the summer to "The Moore Corps" prior to the series opener against the Blue Jays while pitcher David Price visited "Price's Pals" and outfielder Desmond Jennings checked in with "Jennings' Juniors."
8/16/2013 | Jennings progressing toward possible Monday return
Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings hit in a batting cage Thursday for the first time since fracturing his left middle finger on August 3. Jennings is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday when the Rays open a series against the Orioles in Baltimore, a goal manager Joe Maddon sees as feasible.
8/16/2013 | Myers, Longoria shrug off comparisons
Thursday's 7-1 win for the Rays presented a number of standout performances, but Wil Myers and Evan Longoria shined on the offensive side, combining for six RBIs. Myers and Longoria are often compared because of their sparkling batting statistics and similar batting stances, but both agree the similarities end there.
8/16/2013 | Cubs aim to keep playing spoiler vs. Cardinals
The Cubs' record against National League Central opponents has been less than impressive this year at 19-35, but one thing they have been able to do is keep pace with the Cardinals, splitting the season series at an even seven games apiece heading into Saturday.
8/16/2013 | Wandy feels good after 35-pitch simulated game
Wandy Rodriguez's long comeback journey continued Friday at PNC Park, and the left-hander the Pirates would love to get back for the postseason finally has a road map.
8/16/2013 | Parra embraces new role with Reds in return to Miller
There was a time when Manny Parra took to the Miller Park mound as part of the Brewers' future rotation plans. He returned there Thursday with a newfound role in the Reds' bullpen.
8/16/2013 | Rangers weighing options with injured Berkman
Lance Berkman is trying to decide if he can come back as a designated hitter, pinch-hitter or not at all. Berkman and the Rangers are also trying to decide if they should wait until Sept. 1 to activate him off the disabled list.
8/16/2013 | Reds' rotation steps up during Cueto's absence
With Reds ace Johnny Cueto out -- and still no timetable for his return -- the Reds' rotation has been unhittable of late. They entered Friday with a 4-1 record and 1.35 ERA in their past seven games.
8/16/2013 | Ogando dealing with more shoulder inflammation
Pitcher Alexi Ogando is dealing with inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder and there is a good possibility he won't make his next start on Monday against the Astros.
8/16/2013 | Daniels, Washington support expanded replay
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington are both in favor of Major League Baseball's intention to expand replay next season.
8/16/2013 | Baker attributes bullpen's success to starting pitching
The Reds' bullpen has been lights out of late, holding opponents scoreless for 18 consecutive innings until Friday's 7-6 walk-off loss to the Brewers.
8/16/2013 | To core Phillies, Manuel 'like a father'
The Phillies have a core group of veteran players who have been vital to the club's success under Charlie Manuel's tutelage, and many of them expressed regret on Friday after the team announced it has parted ways with Manuel.
8/16/2013 | Seager's clutch HR backs Iwakuma's strong start
Kyle Seager ripped a two-run home run off reliever Neal Cotts in the eighth inning and Justin Smoak added a solo shot in the ninth as the Mariners pulled out a 3-1 victory over the red-hot Rangers on Friday.
8/16/2013 | Gibson hopes return of Cahill bolsters rotation
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson is hoping that Saturday is the start of something for his starting rotation. Trevor Cahill makes his return to the mound after being on the disabled list since July 1 with a right hip contusion.
8/16/2013 | Not an overnight success, but Manuel won fans over
Maybe the beginning wasn't as smooth as it could have been. What happened in between, though, was pretty doggone good. Charlie Manuel won a lot of games. And changed the minds of a legion of doubters in the process.
8/16/2013 | Gibson, Putz weigh in on expanded replay
The D-backs are taking a wait-and-see approach on the proposal in front of Major League owners regarding the expanded use of instant replay for the 2014 season.
8/16/2013 | Ethier gets breather for opener in Philly
Andre Ethier, rushed to a hospital Tuesday before homering in the clutch Wednesday, was on the bench for the Dodgers' opener against the Phillies on Friday, but not because of his sore calf.
8/16/2013 | Mattingly voices support for expanded replay
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sounds eager to see how expanded replay will work in baseball.
8/16/2013 | Dodgers aim to stay white-hot vs. transitioning Phils
Plenty of eyes are on the Dodgers and Phillies this weekend at Citizens Bank Park, but for very different reasons. While the Dodgers are winning at a torrid pace -- 41-8 since June 22 -- the Phillies are making changes, replacing Charlie Manuel as manager with Ryne Sandberg on Friday.
8/16/2013 | Arrieta leads Cubs' two-hit shutout vs. Cards
Jake Arrieta struck out seven over seven scoreless innings and drove in a run Friday at Wrigley Field, while Nate Schierholtz knocked in three runs to lift the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the Cardinals and even their season series at 7.
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