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8/9/2013 | Prospect Gray to make first start in Majors
Sonny Gray, Oakland's 2011 first-round Draft pick, will make his first big league start on Saturday in Toronto, and manager Bob Melvin made it clear this is not a spot start.

8/9/2013 | Twins win battle of blasts to take Game 1
Justin Morneau hit a clutch grand slam -- the seventh of his career and first since July 20, 2009, in Oakland -- as the Twins stormed back to win the first game of the Friday's split doubleheader against the White Sox, 7-5.

8/9/2013 | Mixed reviews for A-Rod in 2013 Bronx debut
Yankees fans delivered a mixed message on the topic of Alex Rodriguez on Friday night. And when you think about it, that probably shouldn't have been a surprise for this extraordinarily talented but polarizing figure. And A-Rod's current situation is uncharted territory -- for him, for the Yankees, for fans of the Yankees and for all of baseball.

8/9/2013 | Yanks hope to string together wins behind Hughes
Despite struggles by Alex Rodriguez and a blown save by Mariano Rivera, the Yankees were able to snap the Tigers' 12-game winning streak on Friday. Now New York will look for consecutive wins for the first time since July 11-12 behind Phil Hughes. Detroit counters with Anibal Sanchez.

8/9/2013 | Gardner rakes walk-off, skid-snapping hit for Yanks
Batting with bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Brett Gardner played the hero, poking a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Jayson Nix and giving the Yankees a walk-off, 4-3 victory over the Tigers. Ivan Nova posted his sixth consecutive quality start, giving up one run on eight hits over seven strong innings.

8/9/2013 | A-Rod sports the pinstripes for first time in 2013
Alex Rodriguez returned to the Bronx on Friday for the first time since filing the appeal of his 211-game suspension and for his first home game since the 2012 American League Championship Series.

8/9/2013 | Girardi: 'These guys are capable of playing much better'
The Yankees have gone just 6-14 in their last 20 games entering play on Friday, their worst stretch since another 6-14 string in May 2003, to drop just a game above .500, at 57-56. "These guys are capable of playing much better than they are. And I think it comes down to us, as a whole, playing better and scoring more runs," Joe Girardi said.

8/9/2013 | Exercising caution, Tigers extend Infante's rehab
The Tigers appear set to give Omar Infante a few more days on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo to make sure his previously sprained left ankle can hold up for the stretch run.

8/9/2013 | Scherzer in good company with 1,000th K
Max Scherzer needed 957 Major League innings to reach 1,000 strikeouts, the fourth-lowest total of any active pitcher, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

8/9/2013 | Iglesias could bring more hardware home to Detroit
No team has ever swept its league's MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards. But thanks to the Jose Iglesias trade, the Tigers might have a chance.

8/9/2013 | Pujols denies steroid allegations, threatens legal action
A defiant, ticked-off Albert Pujols issued a statement Friday evening and vehemently denied allegations from former big leaguer Jack Clark, who said Pujols' ex-trainer used to "shoot him up" with performance-enhancing drugs.

8/9/2013 | Rays designate Farnsworth; add Lueke to bullpen
The Rays opened a spot in their bullpen for Josh Lueke on Friday by designating veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth for assignment.

8/9/2013 | Marlins option Brantly, call up vet backstop Hill
Rob Brantly, Miami's Opening Day starting catcher, has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. In a corresponding move, the Marlins have selected veteran backstop Koyie Hill's contract from Triple-A.

8/9/2013 | Phillies designate Delmon Young for assignment
The Phillies designated outfielder Delmon Young for assignment on Friday to make room for outfielder Casper Wells, whom the club claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Thursday.

8/9/2013 | Parker's Parkinson revelation sad, shocking
Dave Parker was perhaps the most dominant player of the late 1970s and has been an inspiration in his native Cincinnati since his retirement, and news that he has Parkinson's Disease is jarring.

8/9/2013 | Rangers acquire Rios from White Sox
The Rangers have finally landed the right-handed bat they were looking for, acquiring outfielder Alex Rios from the White Sox for a player to be named later.

8/9/2013 | Carrasco gets call, throws five scoreless in relief
The Indians announced before Friday's series opener against the Angels that right-hander Carlos Carrasco was promoted from Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland optioned reliever Preston Guilmet to the Clippers.

8/9/2013 | Baseball dreams: One fan's ultimate wish list
The playoffs, a Cubs parade, the A's to win their final regular-season game, and someone to win Beat the Streak are among the events that this baseball writer is waiting for.

8/9/2013 | Willingham back in action right off the bat
After being on the disabled list since July 2, retroactive to July 1, Josh Willingham was activated before the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

8/9/2013 | It's World Series or bust for talented Tigers
The Tigers have the best hitter in the world and a stellar rotation led by the likely American League Cy Young Award winner. However, the loaded squad will ultimately be judged by how it performs in October.

8/9/2013 | Avila cleared to play Friday after taking foul tip
Tigers catcher Alex Avila was cleared to rejoin the team for Friday's series opener against the Yankees after being examined for a possible concussion.

8/9/2013 | Twins put Doumit on DL, activate Willingham
Minnesota placed catcher Ryan Doumit on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday morning and returned Josh Willingham from his rehab assignment a day early to assume Doumit's spot on the active roster.

8/9/2013 | Elite Tigers rotation finally running on all cylinders
With Max Scherzer looking like an AL Cy Young Award candidate, Justin Verlander summoning his old stuff, Anibal Sanchez at full strength, Doug Fister finding his form and even fifth starter Rick Porcello posting a sub-2.00 ERA since the start of July, the Tigers' rotation is running at the peak of its powers.

8/9/2013 | Convention shows collectable industry is still strong
Pieces of sports history filled the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center for the 34th Annual Sports Collectors Convention. The scene was a far cry from six or seven years ago, when there was concern that the sports card and memorabilia industry was in serious trouble.

8/9/2013 | A View From Studio 3: Holland rises with KC
He hates to lose, pitches with a chip on his shoulder and routinely throws cheese that registers close to 100 mph. This may sound like a similar story to dozens of Major Leaguers, but part of what makes Greg Holland's journey to the top of his profession is that very few predicted his rise to stardom.

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