8/8/2013 | Astros boast exceptional young pitching at every level
Astros fans who have been waiting for the team's top-to-bottom organizational rebuild to start bearing fruit at the Major League level must be encouraged by recent performances from the club's rookie starting pitchers, including Jarred Cosart, Brad Peacock and Brett Oberholtzer.
8/8/2013 | Official or not, first Wrigley night game was special
Although rain ended the game on 8-8-88 after 3 1/2 innings, no one who was there that night will ever forget the buildup to the unveiling of lights at Wrigley Field.
8/8/2013 | Phillies claim Wells off waivers from White Sox
The Phillies on Thursday claimed outfielder Casper Wells off waivers from the White Sox.
8/8/2013 | Indians designate Reynolds for assignment
Mark Reynolds' three-month tailspin since an amazing April led to Thursday's decision by Cleveland to designate the first baseman for assignment.
8/8/2013 | Young scratched due to hamstring, not trade
When Michael Young was scratched from the lineup a couple hours before the game against the Cubs on Thursday, many people assumed he had been traded. Young and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the lineup change had nothing to do with a trade, but with Young's tight hamstring.
8/8/2013 | Martin cruises to first win behind breakout offense
As the Phillies evaluate everybody and everything with 48 games remaining this season, rookies like right fielder Darin Ruf, third baseman Cody Asche and right-hander Ethan Martin had pretty significant afternoons in a 12-1 victory over the Cubs.
8/8/2013 | Bogaerts' immense power could force position change
Red Sox top prospect Xander Bogaerts projects as a top-flight power hitter, but could that force the shortstop to a corner infield or outfield position in the future?
8/8/2013 | Scary thought: Braves could get even better
The Braves are riding a 13-game winning streak and have a huge lead in the National League East. But with improved production by Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton, Atlanta could be even more dominant down the stretch.
8/8/2013 | Feeling pennant fever, Bucs fans do 'Bucks'
Life is good for a Bucs fan right now. And for longtime Pirates supporters Jim Saylor and Rick Sporcic, it could get even better after the pair competed on the latest episode of the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond."
8/8/2013 | Rangers in rare company with steals streak
With six stolen bases Tuesday and seven more Wednesday, Texas became just the second team since 1918 to swipe at least six bases in back-to-back games.
8/8/2013 | Harvey 'fine' after taking line drive off knee
Matt Harvey said he knew that everything was OK on Wednesday night after he was hit in the right knee by a line drive in the ninth inning of the Mets' 5-0 win over the Rockies. A Thursday morning without swelling proved him right.
8/8/2013 | Niese to return to rotation, start Sunday in Arizona
On Sunday, Jonathon Niese will once again be active and taking the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For the first time this season, the Mets will have their full complement of starters that includes Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia.
8/8/2013 | Loney latest in string of free-agent catches for Rays
The Rays have built a reputation for getting major production from low-cost free agents, and first baseman James Loney's rebound season has added to that reputation.
8/8/2013 | Underrated Washington has Rangers back on track
Ron Washington, who has yet to win an American League Manager of the Year Award, led to the Rangers to back-to-back AL pennants in 2010 and '11, but he's done perhaps his best work this season.
8/8/2013 | Few hurlers perfect art of pickoff
While it can be easy for pitchers to over think things with runners on-base, they understand that their is a high value in a great pickoff move.
8/8/2013 | Catching a foul ball tough, but strategy helps
The path of the ball is unpredictable, your chances of getting a foul are a slim 0.18 percent. But isn't that what makes it special?
8/8/2013 | Hitters meetings: Some need them, some don't
There is no scouting report that can be studied, no video that can be scrutinized that is going to be any more beneficial to Miguel Cabrera than his own natural instincts and abilities.
8/8/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: Aug. 8
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
8/8/2013 | Peavy perfect fit for playoff-contending Red Sox
The Red Sox's sophisticated fan base will appreciate Jake Peavy, who will give his new ballclub everything he has every time he steps on the mound.
8/8/2013 | In need of starter, Cards summon prospect Martinez
After twice being summoned to the Majors to provide a boost in the bullpen, prized pitching prospect Carlos Martinez is now on his way to St. Louis for a start. En route to start for Triple-A Memphis in Reno on Thursday, Martinez turned around to make his first big league start against the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.
8/8/2013 | A-Rod returns to Bronx as Yankees host Tigers
Alex Rodriguez will play in front of the home crowd for the first time Friday night when the Yankees host the Tigers in the Bronx. Right-handers Ivan Nova and Rick Porcello will take the hill for their respective clubs.
8/8/2013 | Mom belts out anthem; 'Cutch belts one out
First, Petrina McCutchen hit all the right notes. Then her All-Star son, Andrew, hit the ball. Both performed flawlessly before and during the Pirates' 4-2 victory Wednesday night over the Miami Marlins at PNC Park.
8/8/2013 | Brewers rally for win after Estrada's strong return
Pitching in the right place at the right time -- and for the first time after two months on the disabled list -- Marco Estrada took the mound Wednesday at spacious AT&T Park and further frustrated the slumping Giants over five inspired innings. The Brewers rallied in the eighth for four runs and a 6-1 win.
8/8/2013 | Selig transcript from RBI World Series
Commissioner Bud Selig addressed several current topics at a Q&A on Wednesday.
8/8/2013 | Weeks could go on DL with hamstring strain
The Brewers were mulling their options late Wednesday for second baseman Rickie Weeks, who suffered a strained left hamstring and was helped off the field in the eighth inning of the team's 6-1 win over the Giants at AT&T Park.
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