7/25/2014 | Masterson may be ready to rejoin Tribe
Justin Masterson has completed what could be his final step before rejoining the rotation. On Friday night, Masterson made his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Columbus, logging 108 pitches in 6 2/3 innings against Norfolk.
7/25/2014 | Amaro reiterates confidence in Howard
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday afternoon that he believes Ryan Howard still has a future with the Phillies.
7/25/2014 | Ziegler nursing sore ribs, but ready to go
D-backs right-hander Brad Ziegler was available to pitch Friday for the first time since being hit in the ribs by a line drive on Tuesday night.
7/25/2014 | Ortiz feeling better, in lineup vs. Price
David Ortiz wasn't going to let a nagging back injury keep him out of Friday's matchup with David Price and the Rays.
7/25/2014 | Cespedes back in lineup, thumb sprain not an issue
The right thumb sprain that kept Yoenis Cespedes out of Thursday's lineup was no longer an issue Friday, when the A's welcomed back their slugger to the starting lineup for the start of a three-game set against the host Rangers.
7/25/2014 | Rios' ankle not a concern
Rangers right fielder Alex Rios was in the lineup Friday against the A's for the third straight day in a row after spraining his ankle Saturday in Toronto.
7/25/2014 | Wood-en bat: Pitcher knocks third home run
There have been more than a few times when Cubs manager Rick Renteria was asked if he'd consider batting Travis Wood somewhere higher than ninth because of the pitcher's ability to hit. On Friday, Wood matched his single-season high with his third home run of the year, connecting in the fourth against the Cardinals' Joe Kelly.
7/25/2014 | Williams starts, Feliz finishes win over A's
Jerome Williams' debut with the Rangers couldn't have gone much better as he allowed a run in six innings as Texas defeated first-place Oakland, 4-1, on Friday night at Globe Life Park.
7/25/2014 | Morales joins Mariners, slots in at cleanup
Designated hitter Kendrys Morales came full circle on Friday, returning to the Mariners team that he left last winter when he tried his luck on the free-agent market.
7/25/2014 | Pitching staff shows grit as Cubs power past Cards
Ryan Sweeney drove in four runs, including three on his second homer of the year, Travis Wood hit a solo shot and Luis Valbuena smacked a go-ahead two-run blast with one out in the seventh to power the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals on Friday in front of 41,534, the largest crowd of the season at Wrigley Field.
7/25/2014 | Capuano 'excited' to be in Yankees' rotation
Chris Capuano, the Yankees' newly acquired left-hander, will be inserted into the rotation and make his first start for his new team on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
7/25/2014 | Buehrle treats Toronto rookies to new suits in NY
The Blue Jays' road trip to the Big Apple came with an all-inclusive shopping spree for the rookies courtesy of veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle.
7/25/2014 | Ichiro's first homer rallies Yanks past Blue Jays
The Yankees chased veteran Mark Buehrle after three innings and uncharacteristically slugged their way to a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Ichiro Suzuki's first homer of the season led the way for New York.
7/25/2014 | Players Association files grievance against Astros
The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against the Astros after the team did not sign left-hander Brady Aiken, the first overall pick in June's First-Year Player Draft.
7/25/2014 | Deadline roundup: Lester might trump Price
David Price has dominated trade chatter to this point, but could we be focusing on the wrong American League East ace? The Red Sox are in an interesting position with Jon Lester.
7/25/2014 | String of singles, sharp Hahn lift Padres over Braves
Tommy Medica had a career-high four hits and rookie pitcher Jesse Hahn allowed one run in six innings on Friday night to lead the Padres to a 5-2 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.
7/25/2014 | Emotions building for large Hall of Fame class
The speeches are just about written and a crowd perhaps in excess of 50,000 is expected Sunday for the induction ceremony of this memorable Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.
7/25/2014 | Sutcliffe fondly remembers young Maddux
Former Cubs All-Star pitcher and 1984 National League Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe remembers watching Greg Maddux pitch when he first joined Chicago in 1986.
7/25/2014 | In analytics' defense: Some glove data passes eye test
The biggest problem with WAR (Wins Above Replacement) in the view of managers, coaches and players is that advanced analytics can't do justice to defense. Nonetheless, a look at the data we have reveals a list of gloved wonders that in many cases is remarkably compatible with the eye tests and assessments of those inside the game.
7/25/2014 | Maddux, Glavine exuded greatness early on
During all of the seasons I watched Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux audition for the Baseball Hall of Fame on a regular basis with the Braves, I never took them for granted.
7/25/2014 | Braves' sustained excellence a remarkable feat
When it comes to the Braves' Hall of Fame era, don't even attempt roll call unless you have some time on your hands. Yes, there was only one World Series title. Even Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux would stipulate to that. But the volume of excellence, and the constantly changing cast of characters behind that excellence, is staggering.
7/25/2014 | Hall of Fame quartet reflects on new class
Ozzie Smith, who serves as the Hall of Fame's education ambassador, teamed with all-time greats Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt and Bert Blyleven to form an impressive coaching staff Friday at the 13th annual PLAY Ball event, a fundraiser that kicks off the induction weekend.
7/25/2014 | MLB Notebook: Ross enjoying elite July
Right-hander Tyson Ross is following in the footsteps of former Padre Jake Peavy, who went on a similar run that earned him Pitcher of the Month honors.
7/25/2014 | Nadel once thought his future was calling hockey
Calling hockey games turned out to be just one stop for Eric Nadel on the long road from Brooklyn to Cooperstown, N.Y., and baseball's version of immortality as he prepares to receive the Ford C. Frick Award with dozens of family and friends prepared to be there with him.
7/25/2014 | Five contenders with young talent to trade
There will be plenty more wheeling and dealing before the clock strikes 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The five contenders best positioned from a talent standpoint to make a significant trade are the Pirates, Dodgers, Cardinals, Mariners and Royals
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