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8/19/2014 | Ruf looking to prove worth as everyday option

Right-handed-hitting Darin Ruf continues to make strides at the plate, but it hasn't translated into more than a platoon and pinch-hit role for the 28-year-old.

8/19/2014 | Cuddyer scratched with sore hamstring

Michael Cuddyer was scratched from the Rockies' lineup Tuesday against the Royals because of hamstring soreness. Drew Stubbs took his place in the order. Manager Walt Weiss said Cuddyer was available to pinch-hit.

8/19/2014 | CarGo has surgery, might not be ready by spring

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez had the middle third of the patella tendon repaired and a bursa sac removed in a surgery on Monday. Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger cautioned that it won't be known for months if Gonzalez will be healthy enough to begin Spring Training on time.

8/19/2014 | Crain 'grinding away' to contribute to Astros

Jesse Crain, who's been out all season after having biceps tendinitis surgery last October, joined the Astros briefly Tuesday at Yankee Stadium for a quick workout before flying back home to Houston.

8/19/2014 | Sanchez diagnosed with second concussion in month

Catcher Hector Sanchez was diagnosed with his second concussion in a month, prompting Giants manager Bruce Bochy to hint that the 24-year-old could miss the rest of the season.

8/19/2014 | Swisher visits specialist for ailing right knee

The Indians plan on waiting one more day before disclosing the extent of the damage in Nick Swisher's ailing right knee. On Tuesday, Swisher was joined by Indians head athletic trainer James Quinlan in Los Angeles, where the veteran designated hitter underwent an exam by knee specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

8/19/2014 | Angels: Support system not an issue for Hamilton

Josh Hamilton isn't old and he isn't hurt, but for some reason, he also isn't right. The Angels left fielder wasn't last year, when he finished with a .250 batting average, 21 homers and 79 RBIs despite getting hot over the final six weeks. He isn't this year, heading into Tuesday's game against the Red Sox on a 5-for-41 slump that dropped his batting average to .263.

8/19/2014 | Trout favorite for AL MVP, but NL race wide-open

With Miguel Cabrera taking a step backward, Mike Trout has established himself as the guy to beat in the American League MVP race, but sorting out the NL field is quite the task. If voting was held today, it seems very unlikely that any candidate would receive half of the 30 votes.

8/19/2014 | On day of callup, Holt keys Tribe's win

Recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to the contest, Tyler Holt landed in Minnesota roughly a half-hour before the first pitch and arrived to the ballpark shortly after the game began to give the club an option off the bench. It was a good thing that Holt did not hit any major delays, because he delivered the decisive hit in the Indians' 7-5 comeback win over the Twins.

8/19/2014 | Next Tuesday too optimistic a target date for Yu

The Rangers are backing off the idea of Yu Darvish returning to the rotation and pitching next Tuesday against the Mariners. Darvish is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, and he has not thrown a baseball since he tried to play catch a week ago in Arlington. Darvish did not travel with the Rangers for their two-game series with the Marlins.

8/19/2014 | Myers among injured Rays gearing for return

Of the Rays' walking wounded, Wil Myers (right wrist fracture) appears to be the closest to returning to action, according to manager Joe Maddon, who allowed that Myers could return before the end of the homestand.

8/19/2014 | Fredi turning to bench players more regularly

As he has seen his pinch-hitters prove to be significantly less productive than last year, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has shouldered some of the blame, saying that he has not has gotten his bench players the consistent playing time necessary to remain prepared for pinch-hit opportunities.

8/19/2014 | Samson eager for MLB to address pace of game

Improving the pace of games is a top priority for MLB's next Commissioner, Rob Manfred, and it is an issue Marlins president David Samson is passionate about. To grow the sport locally, nationally and internationally, Samson says, it is imperative that games speed up.

8/19/2014 | Reds want Hamilton to pick his spots

The Reds think that fewer stolen-base attempts could make Billy Hamilton a more successful basestealer. It's just a matter of the young speedster learning to pick his spots.

8/19/2014 | Verlander positive about his throwing session

Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander said he felt good after spending 10-15 minutes throwing from about 60 feet in the Tropicana Field outfield before Tuesday's series opener against the Rays.

8/19/2014 | Cherington not tipping hand on Cuban prospect

Could Yoenis Cespedes play with a countryman in the not too distant future? As long as Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo remains a free agent, there's at least a possibility he could share a clubhouse with Cespedes in Boston.

8/19/2014 | Arruebarrena recalled, in lineup at shortstop

The Dodgers recalled Erisbel Arruebarrena from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday and immediately inserted him at shortstop -- a position where he's proven defensively capable and where manager Don Mattingly thinks he can provide an offensive boost. The club optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel back to Albuquerque.

8/19/2014 | Angels stay hot, maintain half-game West lead

Chris Iannetta lofted a Koji Uehara offering to the Green Monster for an RBI double, plating Brennan Boesch for the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth to lead the Angels to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The American League West-leading Angels are a half-game ahead of the A's, who beat the Mets, 6-2.

8/19/2014 | Relievers say they need to pitch inside more

Zach Putnam certainly doesn't want to speak for the entire bullpen, but he agrees with Matt Lindstrom's assessment following Monday night's defeat that the White Sox relievers need to pitch inside a bit more to be effective.

8/19/2014 | Ubaldo moved to bullpen; Gonzalez will start Sunday

The Orioles have moved the struggling Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen, Buck Showalter announced on Tuesday, and Miguel Gonzalez will return from the Minors to start on Sunday.

8/19/2014 | Williams: Aggressive Harper still learning, maturing

Bryce Harper led off the bottom of the fifth inning of the Nationals' 5-4 win over the D-backs Monday night with a sharp line-drive single to right field. He sprinted out of the box and took an ambitious turn around first, stopping about 15 feet away from the base.

8/19/2014 | La Russa: Report on Gibson's future inaccurate

Tony La Russa declined to meet with reporters Tuesday, but through a spokesperson, the D-backs' chief baseball officer said a USA Today report that stated the "D-backs currently plan to bring back" manager Kirk Gibson for 2015 was inaccurate.

8/19/2014 | Nats' win streak to eight games with rout of D-backs

The Nationals continue to stay hot as they won their eighth consecutive game and pounded the D-backs, 8-1, at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. A six-run third inning and eight innings out of Stephen Strasburg led the way for Washington.

8/19/2014 | Jeter's hit that tied Wagner now ruled an error

Major League Baseball slightly altered history on Tuesday with a scoring change to the Yankees' game against the Indians on Aug. 8. Derek Jeter reached base in the first inning on what was originally ruled an infield single and the 3,430th hit in his career, which tied Honus Wagner for sixth place on baseball's all-time hits list. That play has now been ruled an error on Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana, who could not cleanly handle a throw from shortstop Jose Ramirez.

8/19/2014 | Bullpen may be an option for recovering Phelps

Injured Yankees starter David Phelps made 50 throws from 60 feet Monday and said everything felt good as he recovers from right elbow inflammation.

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