5/31/2013 | Teixeira hitless in debut, but glad to be back
Mark Teixeira would have been in the lineup the day after suffering a strained right wrist during Spring Training if the Yankees had let him. The first baseman wanted to be on the field with his teammates, and he surely didn't want to spend the early part of the season working out in Tampa, Fla., or playing rehab games in Trenton, N.J.
5/31/2013 | Phillies release right-hander Durbin
The Phillies released Chad Durbin on Friday after he gave up three runs on four hits in one inning the previous night. Though Durbin's ERA sat a 9.00 in 16 appearances, manager Charlie Manuel said parting ways with the right-hander was not easy, because of the presence the 35-year-old brought to the team.
5/31/2013 | Savery back up with Phillies
Joe Savery is getting used to the trip between Allentown and Philadelphia. The left-handed reliever was called up again on Friday after the Phillies released veteran Chad Durbin.
5/31/2013 | Boggs optioned to Triple-A for a second time
A day after blowing another save, Mitchell Boggs was sent back down to Triple-A without any organizational promise of how long he'll be away. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals replaced Boggs with reliever Keith Butler.
5/31/2013 | Youkilis goes 1-for-4 with an RBI in first game back
Kevin Youkilis returned to the New York lineup as a designated hitter on Friday night, delivering a 1-for-4 performance with an RBI in a 4-1 victory over Boston.
5/31/2013 | Next step for Strop possibly a rehab assignment
Orioles reliever Pedro Strop (strained lower back) may be close to going on a Minor League rehab assignment as he works his way back from the 15-day disabled list.
5/31/2013 | Phillips benefiting from new two-strike approach
Second baseman Brandon Phillips has been one of the hotter-hitting Reds of late, and their biggest run producer overall. One of the reasons, Phillips feels, that he's been hitting well is a new approach toward being in two-strike counts.
5/31/2013 | Heisey making progress toward return from DL
Left fielder Chris Heisey, on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right hamstring, continues to make incremental progress towards returning.
5/31/2013 | Reds eager to take on challenging month of June
As the Reds open a three-game series against the Pirates, who have the second-best record in baseball, it's only the beginning of a particularly tough month of series.
5/31/2013 | Raburn starts after cramping the day before
With the Indians facing a left-hander on Friday in Rays starter Matt Moore, Tribe manager Terry Francona wanted to make sure right-handed hitting Ryan Raburn was ready to start.
5/31/2013 | Indians love having Aviles, Gomes around
To say the Indians are happy with the November trade that brought Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes to Cleveland wouldn't do their feelings justice. They're thrilled. Although neither Aviles nor Gomes is a lineup regular, both have played key roles in the Tribe's early success.
5/31/2013 | Tribe enjoying great success at home
The Tribe has won 15 of its past 20 home games, including four-game sweeps of Oakland and Seattle, outscoring opponents 107-73 in that stretch. Cleveland has also hit 40 home runs in its own yard, more than any other team in baseball.
5/31/2013 | Nova, Nuno to join Triple-A rotation following demotion
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it was difficult to tell right-hander Ivan Nova and left-hander Vidal Nuno that their roster spots would be taken by the returning players, with both pitchers optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
5/31/2013 | Archer's season debut has added twist
On Saturday, right-hander Chris Archer will square off against the Indians, the team that drafted him, as he makes his season debut atop the hill for the Rays.
5/31/2013 | Beliveau, Colome optioned; Archer brought up
With a bullpen manager Joe Maddon termed "weary," the Rays promoted left-hander Jeff Beliveau to the big league squad and optioned Alex Colome to Triple-A. But Beliveau was also optioned after Friday's marathon game.
5/31/2013 | Maddon loving production from lineup
Sitting above a dugout floor flooded with rain, Joe Maddon became giddy. The manager was asked about the production from his lineup, and he started rattling off a list of players who have contributed to the Rays' recent offensive surge.
5/31/2013 | Orioles, Tigers look to continue power display
Justin Verlander heads to the mound as the Tigers continue their series against Jason Hammel and the Orioles on Saturday at Camden Yards.
5/31/2013 | Motivated to return, Stanton seeks more to do
Giancarlo Stanton's return to the Marlins may be in question, but the right fielder is eager to get back on the field.
5/31/2013 | HOFer Dawson subbing for McKeon at Draft
Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, a special assistant in the organization, will be replacing Jack McKeon as one of Miami's two representatives for the first day of the Draft, which will take place on June 6 at the MLB Network studios in New Jersey.
5/31/2013 | Marlins pay tribute to late Barger with plaque
The Marlins on Friday unveiled a commemorative bronze plaque in honor of the franchise's first president and chief operating officer, the late Carl Barger.
5/31/2013 | Redmond, Pierre among those thinking of McKeon
Marlins manager Mike Redmond and outfielder Juan Pierre played for Jack McKeon, who is scheduled to have heart bypass surgery on Monday.
5/31/2013 | Astros place E. Gonzalez on DL, activate Fields
Prior to the opener of their four-game set against the Angels on Friday, the Astros did a bit of reshuffling in the bullpen. Right-handed reliever Edgar Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list and righty Josh Fields was activated to fill the roster spot.
5/31/2013 | Lucroy's five hits lead Brewers past Phillies
The Brewers bounced, blooped and broken-batted Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels into submission during a four-run third inning that gave the Brewers their first lead in 62 innings, and led to a 8-5 victory at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.
5/31/2013 | Peralta, Cloyd look to rebound in series' middle game
Saturday's starters, Milwaukee's 24-year-old right-hander Wily Peralta and Philadelphia's 26-year-old righty Tyler Cloyd, began their careers with success but have each run into trouble this season.
5/31/2013 | Rangers won't be swayed by numbers in Draft
As the Rangers prepare for next week's First-Year Player Draft, they look for gems and bargains in the later rounds. The 2010 Draft is a reminder such players are out there. The Rangers took pitcher Justin Grimm in the fifth round and Nick Tepesch in the 14th round.
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