8/17/2013 | Day 2 much smoother for Sandberg than Day 1
Ryne Sandberg found Day 2 on the job to be much smoother than an emotional and surreal Day 1.
8/17/2013 | Kershaw's gem extends Dodgers' streak of dominance
Clayton Kershaw picked up on Saturday night where Zack Greinke left off on Friday, and the Dodgers shut out the Phillies again, 5-0, for the lefty's first career win over Philadelphia.
8/17/2013 | Wilson rarin' to go, but Dodgers hesitant
Brian Wilson exited Friday's simulated game in good shape, but Don Mattingly remains noncommittal about when the former Giants closer will be activated off the disabled list.
8/17/2013 | Kemp likely out until September
Matt Kemp continues to make progress in his recovery from a sprained left ankle, but a return isn't likely until rosters expand on Sept. 1.
8/17/2013 | Mattingly explains decision to go with Jansen
Officially, a three-run lead is needed for a reliever to be credited with a save, but that's not how Don Mattingly is managing the Dodgers. On Friday, with a four-run lead and Brandon League warmed up, Mattingly still went with closer Kenley Jansen for the last three outs of a 4-0 win over the Phillies.
8/17/2013 | Nolasco named after father's favorite, Monday
Some people are named after relatives. Some are named after rock stars or presidents. But Carlos Enrique Nolasco goes by the first name "Ricky" because his father named his son after his favorite Dodger, current broadcaster Rick Monday.
8/17/2013 | Pirates communicating pitching plan to Cole
There is no red-line number of innings or pitches that Gerrit Cole will be kept under as the Pirates prepare to keep him fresh for a potential postseason run, but he understands there will be some reins.
8/17/2013 | Twins try to resume dominance of White Sox
Despite dropping two in a row to the visiting White Sox, the Twins have owned their division rivals this season in a tightly-contested series. Samuel Deduno will try to help Minnesota grab a split of the four-game set on Sunday opposite left-hander Hector Santiago, who is winless since June 21.
8/17/2013 | Pitching, homers again push White Sox past Twins
Left-hander Chris Sale hit a rough patch during a three-run third inning, but the White Sox ace settled in and Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run, game-changing homer in the fourth on the way to an 8-5 victory over the Twins on Saturday night at Target Field.
8/17/2013 | Tejada suspended 105 games for PED use
Royals infielder Miguel Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP Award winner, was suspended 105 games without pay Saturday after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of MLB's Joint Drug and Prevention Program.
8/17/2013 | Soriano's four-game output among all-time best
Alfonso Soriano chuckled as a pack of reporters approached his locker in the cramped Fenway Park visiting clubhouse on Friday evening, eager to discuss the continuation of a historic hot streak.
8/17/2013 | Girardi pleased with A-Rod's play at third, plate
The Yankees cleared a locker for Mark Reynolds this weekend at Fenway Park, but the fact that they may not ask the corner infielder to play much third base can be considered a reflection of how well Alex Rodriguez has been handling the position.
8/17/2013 | Napoli sits with sore foot; Victorino's day off nixed
Shane Victorino was out of the lineup for Saturday's game, and then he wasn't. Mike Napoli came in with a sore left foot, and that led manager John Farrell to make some tweaks to his batting order.
8/17/2013 | Buchholz throws with hitters in box, feels 'good'
Clay Buchholz had his most intensive bullpen session yet during his recovery, as hitters stood in the box during a 60-65 pitch session before Saturday's game against the Yankees.
8/17/2013 | Ross on target to return to Red Sox on Monday
David Ross was set to catch for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday for the second straight day, his final step before he receives clearance to join the Red Sox for their six-game West Coast road trip that begins Monday in San Francisco.
8/17/2013 | CC, Dempster each seeking to deliver in series finale
Whatever struggles CC Sabathia might have encountered so far this season, Sunday night's game presents the Yankees' ace with an opportunity to give his club a much-needed boost. He'll be opposed by Boston's Ryan Dempster.
8/17/2013 | Yankees deny claims made by A-Rod's attorney
An attorney for Alex Rodriguez voiced numerous claims in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, among them that the Yankees supposedly concealed the results of an MRI that showed Rodriguez was injured during last year's postseason.
8/17/2013 | Lackey limits Yankees as bats best Kuroda
There remains just one team in the Majors that hasn't endured a four-game losing streak this season -- the Boston Red Sox. John Lackey made sure of that on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park when he put together his best performance in a few weeks, snapping Boston's three-game skid with a 6-1 victory over the Yankees.
8/17/2013 | Hall playing career no guarantee of managerial success
Ryne Sandberg, who was named as the Phillies' interim skipper on Friday, is the 59th Hall of Fame player to manage a big league club. He's hoping to become just the 23rd of that group to post a winning record.
8/17/2013 | Cardinals recall Lyons, option Freeman to Minors
The Cardinals on Saturday recalled left-hander Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis and optioned fellow lefty Sam Freeman to Memphis.
8/17/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: August 17
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
8/17/2013 | Warnings issued after Harper hit twice by Braves
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was twice hit by a pitch during Friday's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Braves at Turner Field. In the fourth inning, with left-hander Alex Wood on the mound, Harper was hit on the right arm with a curveball. After Harper was hit the second time in the eighth inning by left-hander Luis Avilan, home-plate umpire Marty Foster issued warnings to both teams.
8/17/2013 | Strasburg, bats aim to break through vs. Braves
Logic would dictate that eventually, the Nationals' offense will break through against the Braves' pitching staff. Washington will continue to search for such a performance on Saturday night, when the division rivals meet for the second of a three-game series at Turner Field. Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg will take on lefty Mike Minor as he makes his fifth start of the season against Atlanta.
8/17/2013 | Felix looks to overcome struggles vs. Rangers
Felix Hernandez will try to build on his previous start when he goes for the series victory against southpaw Martin Perez and the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
8/16/2013 | d'Arnaud era begins as Mets face Padres
The Mets have beaten the Padres four out of five times this season, and when the two teams play the third game of a four-game series at Petco Park on Saturday, New York will be even more formidable with the expected arrival of Travis d'Arnaud.
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