7/22/2014 | Siegrist back from rehab, on verge of activation
While the Cardinals won't make the final decision until Wednesday, general manager John Mozeliak said it's "a real possibility" that left-hander Kevin Siegrist will be activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the Cardinals' series finale against the Rays.
7/22/2014 | Carpenter Cards' Heart and Hustle recipient
For the second straight season, Matt Carpenter has been named the Cardinals' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, presented annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to honor players "who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game."
7/22/2014 | Ruf returns to Phillies as Mayberry goes on DL
After a short stint in the Majors earlier this year, Darin Ruf was granted another crack at big league action after the Phillies recalled him from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before Tuesday's game vs. the Giants.
7/22/2014 | Gardner earns hustle honor for third time
For the second time in as many years, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association named Brett Gardner the Yankees' Heart and Hustle Award winner. The award, given to one member from each team, honors active players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and "best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game." The only award voted on by former players, it has been given annually since 2005.
7/22/2014 | PLAY Campaign stops at Turner Field
Kris Medlen had a Q&A session with the children who participated in the PLAY Campaign event on Tuesday morning at Turner Field. They participated in numerous on-field activities, led in part by Braves trainers Jeff Porter and Jim Lovell.
7/22/2014 | Heyward named Braves' Heart and Hustle Award winner
Along with being blessed with tremendous athleticism, Jason Heyward has endeared himself to fans with the all-out effort he brings to the stadium on a daily basis. His insatiable desire to compete has put the Braves right fielder in a position to receive a respectable and deserving honor.
7/22/2014 | Other top prospects must wait turn for Majors
Javier Baez, the Cubs' top-ranked prospect on MLB.com's list, has started at second base in four of his last five games at Triple-A Iowa. GM Jed Hoyer said the decision to move Baez from shortstop to second had nothing to do with Tuesday's decision to designate veteran Darwin Barney for assignment.
7/22/2014 | Selig visits PNC, pleased with balance in MLB
Bud Selig's tenure as Major League Baseball's ninth Commissioner will not officially end until Jan. 24, 2015. But as far as he is concerned, his job, at least in one important sense, was accomplished last Oct. 1. On that day, the Pirates were hosting the Cincinnati Reds in a National League Wild Card Game that turned on a city that had slept through baseball Octobers since 1992 -- Selig's first year in office.
7/22/2014 | LaRoche's homer lifts Nats to fourth straight win
Adam LaRoche, who entered Tuesday hitting just .130 in July, clubbed a three-run, tie-breaking home run off reliever Rex Brothers in the seventh inning, the key swing in the Nationals' 7-4 win over the Rockies at Coors Field.
7/22/2014 | Rays place ill Peralta on DL, recall Beliveau
Rays reliever Joel Peralta was placed on the disabled list Tuesday as he continues to battle joint pain and aches stemming from a mosquito bite. Jeff Beliveau joined the club Tuesday for his fifth stint in the Majors this season.
7/22/2014 | Rookie Kiermaier earns Heart and Hustle honor
When Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked Sunday in Minnesota, the Rays rookie didn't walk but rather hustled down the first-base line. "Hey, man, it's called a walk for a reason," teammates told him. That moment is one of several reasons Kiermaier has been named the Rays' recipient of this year's Heart and Hustle Award.
7/22/2014 | Vazquez impressing Red Sox in field, at plate
With the Red Sox's win Monday, the team improved to 5-0 when rookie catcher Christian Vazquez is behind the plate. Vazquez is the first Red Sox catcher to win each of his first five starts behind the plate, and the first player in the Major Leagues in 31 years, since the Brewers' Bill Schroeder won his first six in 1983.
7/22/2014 | Danks subject of trade rumors near Deadline
It was a little less than three weeks ago when White Sox starter John Danks stated that trade rumors involving his name before the July 31 non-waiver Deadline weren't going to occupy any part of his daily routine. That philosophy hasn't changed for the lefty.
7/22/2014 | Eaton receives Sox's Heart and Hustle award
Adam Eaton did not want to talk on Tuesday about a Chicago Sun-Times report that the White Sox leadoff man was playing with a broken middle finger on his non-throwing hand. He was more than happy to discuss his honor as the club's 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner.
7/22/2014 | Abreu held out of lineup with back stiffness
White Sox manager Robin Ventura held rookie outfielder Jose Abreu out of Tuesday's lineup due to back stiffness that he noticed while Abreu was playing on Monday against Kansas City.
7/22/2014 | Valdespin providing spark to Marlins from the start
Three games is certainly a small sample size, but Jordany Valdespin already is bringing some energy to the Marlins at second base and at the plate.
7/22/2014 | Yelich named Marlins' Heart and Hustle Award winner
Christian Yelich on Wednesday will celebrate the one-year anniversary of his MLB debut. Already, the 22-year-old has gained the respect of players who made their impacts on the game well before he arrived. On Tuesday, Yelich was named the Marlins' 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner, as selected by the MLB Players Alumni Association.
7/22/2014 | 'Bittersweet' farewell for Headley and Padres
After three years of rumors of him being dealt before or on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Chase Headley was finally traded away from the only organization he's ever known. The Padres on Tuesday sent Headley and $1 million to the Yankees for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitcher Rafael De Paula.
7/22/2014 | Bastardo trying to shut out trade rumors
Fifteen scouts had seats for Cliff Lee's start Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, but not everybody came to see him. Some came to see other Phillies players available before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, including left-hander Antonio Bastardo. If a team needs relief help, it almost certainly has contacted the Phillies about him.
7/22/2014 | Rangers expect Rios, Smolinski back vs. Yanks
Outfielders Alex Rios and Jake Smolinski are both expected to be over their nagging injuries and be available on Wednesday.
7/22/2014 | Happ tosses six scoreless, receives boost from bats
Escaping a few jams, left-hander J.A. Happ tossed six scoreless innings while Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro homered in the Blue Jays' 7-3 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
7/22/2014 | Beltre recognized for grit by Rangers alumni
Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been selected as the Rangers' winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award. The award is selected by a committee of former Rangers, and it honors players who demonstrate a passion for baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
7/22/2014 | Giants proud of infielders' development
The Giants' baseball operations staff is being rewarded for its labor. Monday's 7-4 victory over Philadelphia ended with the Giants using an infield consisting entirely of homegrown players. Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy started an infield produced entirely by the Giants system, and San Francisco also employed a homegrown starting infield a handful of times earlier this year.
7/22/2014 | Award-winner Lucroy wants to play through funk
On the same day he was honored for his heart and hustle, Jonathan Lucroy insisted that he has enough left in the tank to fuel him through the dog days of summer.
7/22/2014 | Pence a fitting winner of Heart and Hustle Award
Hunter Pence was named Tuesday as the Giants' recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award, given annually to honor players who demonstrate passion for the game and best embody baseball's values, spirit and tradition.
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