7/20/2013 | No setback, but Crawford out of lineup
Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford was out of the lineup on Saturday, but manager Don Mattingly said the move was not indicative of any problem with Crawford's back.
7/20/2013 | Mattingly uncertain when Kemp will be activated
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp took another step toward coming off the disabled list on Sunday, but manager Don Mattingly wasn't ready to commit to that move before Saturday's game against the Nationals.
7/20/2013 | Simple approach suits improving Ethier
Last month, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier met with manager Don Mattingly, hitting coach Mark McGwire and assistant hitting coach John Valentin. The veteran had been struggling through much of the season, with his average dipping as low as .229 in early June, and the coaches gave him a simple message.
7/20/2013 | Hechavarria moved up to leadoff spot
For weeks, Adeiny Hechavarria's batting average has been on the rise. Now, his spot in the batting order is trending upward, as well.
7/20/2013 | Young Marlins turn back clock on Saturday
The youthful Marlins took a step back in time on Saturday.
7/20/2013 | Innings limit won't alter Fernandez's usage
If all goes as planned, Jose Fernandez will finish his rookie season throwing somewhere between 150-170 innings.
7/20/2013 | Hairston happy for brother's chance in DC
Dodgers infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston said he was pleased to learn that the Cubs traded his younger brother, Scott Hairston, to the Nationals for Minor League pitcher Ivan Pineyro last month, because Scott has a chance to win in Washington and play with teammates Jerry is familiar with. Jerry played for the Nationals in 2011 before he was traded to the Brewers in July of that year.
7/20/2013 | After historic achievement, Barnes reflects on cycle
Somewhere between the horde of media waiting for him in the locker room and seeing "about 60" text messages on his phone last night, it hit Brandon Barnes. He really had just become the newest member of the Cycle Club, one of baseball's most difficult achievements.
7/20/2013 | All-Star Castro starting to step into spotlight
Being an All-Star is a whole new world, as Astros catcher Jason Castro continues to find out. Castro made his first public appearance Saturday morning since the All-Star Game, signing autographs and interacting with fans at the Sony Store in Houston's Galleria Mall.
7/20/2013 | Colabello thankful for opportunity to help Twins
The Twins sent three struggling hitters to Triple-A before the All-Star break, and two players were initially called up -- Chris Herrmann and Doug Bernier. The third player was not announced immediately, but most suspected that Chris Colabello would fill the spot.
7/20/2013 | Thielbar sidelined with groin discomfort
Rookie reliever Caleb Thielbar is experiencing groin discomfort and is expected to be held out of action for the next few games, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday.
7/20/2013 | Herrmann hopes his versatility will be an asset
Chris Herrmann, who was officially recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, said he's hoping his versatility will help him stick with the Twins.
7/20/2013 | A-Rod has tight quad, serves as DH in rehab game
Alex Rodriguez was shifted from third base to designated hitter on Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to tightness in his left quadriceps.
7/20/2013 | Cards patient with top prospect Taveras' recovery
Oscar Taveras, who continues to rehab from a high right ankle sprain in Florida, is not expected back on the field for at least another week. He last played on Monday, when he had two plate appearances during a Minor League rehab game with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
7/20/2013 | Cardinals give Peterson first Major League opportunity
Brock Peterson was drafted by the Twins in the 49th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, and he toiled in the Minors and the Independent League for 11 years. On Saturday, the Cardinals called him up to take Matt Holliday's roster spot.
7/20/2013 | O'Sullivan acclimates himself to bullpen role
Appearing in a game as a reliever is a relatively foreign situation for Sean O'Sullivan, a 25-year-old right-hander who was recently relegated to the 'pen just six days after his first and only start of the season.
7/20/2013 | Venable's bat comes alive in St. Louis
Prior to Saturday's game, Will Venable was batting .435 (20-for-46) with six runs, three doubles, a triple, a homer and four RBIs in 13 career games at the Cardinals' ballpark. Venable's average is his best at any ballpark and is tops among all active Major League players at Busch Stadium.
7/20/2013 | Tribe finds success with Kazmir-Gomes battery
Indians manager Terry Francona does not want to mess with a good thing. That is why he plans on keeping left-hander Scott Kazmir teamed with backup catcher Yan Gomes for the foreseeable future.
7/20/2013 | Francona optimistic regardless of potential trades
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is exploring multiple avenues for potentially upgrading his team via trade. Manager Terry Francona has been in constant communication with the general manager throughout the process.
7/20/2013 | McAllister slated for Tuesday start in Seattle
Zach McAllister is scheduled to be activated for a start on Tuesday in Seattle, according to manager Terry Francona.
7/20/2013 | Miller providing surprising source of production
Brad Miller has quickly established himself as a productive leadoff hitter for the Mariners, who have gone 10-5 with the 23-year-old shortstop in the lineup and 7-4 with him batting first.
7/20/2013 | Zunino's patience starting to pay off
Mike Zunino's primary responsibility as a rookie catcher is working with Mariners pitchers. But he also takes pride in working opposing pitchers, and he did so in grand fashion Friday when he forced three walks and scored three runs in Seattle's 10-7 victory over the Astros.
7/20/2013 | Montero back to work with Rainiers in Triple-A
Jesus Montero has been reinstated from Triple-A Tacoma's disabled list and resumed playing for the Rainiers, going 1-for-5 with a triple in his first game back on Thursday before sitting out Friday in Fresno.
7/20/2013 | Padres ride early scoring burst to victory in St. Louis
The Padres scored four runs in the first three innings, and the bullpen held on for Edinson Volquez in a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Saturday.
7/20/2013 | Paulino credits workload for shoulder stiffness
It's been just over a year since Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino underwent Tommy John surgery. He's got his elbow in shape, but now it's shoulder stiffness that's holding him back in his rehabilitation process.
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