5/10/2012 | Kotchman's average is on the rise
Indians manager Manny Acta has insisted all along that the hits would eventually start falling for struggling first baseman Casey Kotchman. Slowly but surely, Kotchman appears to be on the upswing.
5/10/2012 | Lester unveils children's cancer initiative
Jon Lester knows what it's like to battle cancer. He also knows what it's like to be a father. That's why the Red Sox pitcher is setting up a charity to raise awareness and money for children's cancer research.
5/10/2012 | Strasburg fans 13 as Nats best Bucs in finale
What's the definition of the word "dominance"? Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was almost unhittable as the Nationals edged the Pirates, 4-2, at PNC Park on Thursday night.
5/10/2012 | Cespedes making progress, could return Friday
Yoenis Cespedes said Thursday afternoon his left hand felt "better than yesterday," and it appears the outfielder could potentially return to the lineup as soon as Friday.
5/10/2012 | CC fans 10 Rays in fifth straight win
In a battle of top-tier lefties, Yankees ace CC Sabathia outdueled Rays southpaw David Price for the first time in his career and the Yankees took a series victory with a 5-3 win over the visiting Rays on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
5/10/2012 | Hamilton homers as Rangers take series from O's
The Rangers haven't been home in a while, but they were headed back there late Thursday night after they closed out both a doubleheader and 10-game road trip with a 7-3 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.
5/10/2012 | Silent night at Fenway
A familiar voice was absent at Fenway Park on Thursday night. The ballpark's public-address system remained silent during the series opener between the Red Sox and Indians in honor of announcer Carl Beane, who died Wednesday.
5/10/2012 | College pitcher wins MLB 2K12 tourney title
At the same time that the real CC Sabathia was preparing to start for the Yankees uptown in the Bronx on Thursday, his simulated character in the MLB 2K12 video game pitched well enough to lead the Yankees to a 10-1 rout of the Tigers and earn a $1 million check for Christopher Gilmore.
5/10/2012 | Game to Remember: Rusty Staub
Needless to say, a ticket to the first game in the Astrodome, an April 9, 1965, exhibition against the mighty New York Yankees, was the toughest sports ticket to acquire the city of Houston had ever seen. Simply put, it was a can't-miss event. For Rusty Staub, who started for the Astros in right field, that day remains an enduring memory.
5/10/2012 | Miggy, Young, Boesch show up for early BP
When four members of a starting lineup are at the ballpark on the road in the early afternoon for extra batting practice on the field, it's usually not a sign of a healthy offense.
5/10/2012 | Leach: Depth a difference between Yanks, Rays
Two hundred million dollars won't necessarily buy you wins. But it sure can buy you a lot of margin for error. If there's a difference between the rosters of the two favorites in the American League East this year, it's that. When the Yankees have to do without Brett Gardner, or find themselves enduring a slump by Robinson Cano, they can churn right along. When the Rays have to go even a short time without Desmond Jennings and Evan Longoria, they feel it in a big way.
5/10/2012 | Beckett knocked around on heels of golf issue
By the time Josh Beckett was booed off the Fenway Park mound on Thursday night following his shortest start since 2008, he might have wished he was back on a golf course.
5/10/2012 | Wilson bracing for boos, and Yu, in return to Arlington
The Angels' C.J. Wilson draws a difficult assignment in his return to Texas on Friday night, facing Rangers sensation Yu Darvish in the first meeting of the season between the AL West foes.
5/10/2012 | Giants seeking payback on return trip to Phoenix
When the Giants travel to the desert for a weekend series with the D-backs, they will do so with some early-season revenge on the mind.
5/10/2012 | Royals' rotation spinning as club heads to Chicago
Felipe Paulino squares off against Gavin Floyd when the Royals and White Sox meet up for the first time this season in Chicago for the start of three-game weekend set at U.S. Cellular Field.
5/10/2012 | Red Sox need Buchholz to get right vs. Tribe
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz, who has a Major League-worst 9.09 ERA and has allowed at least five earned runs in every start this season, will try to turn things around against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Indians on Friday.
5/10/2012 | Crafty lefties face off as Rockies visit Dodgers
The Dodgers and Rockies meet Friday in Los Angeles in the opener of a three-game set. A pair of crafty lefties get the call, with Chris Capuano taking the hill for the home club and Jamie Moyer pitching for the visitors.
5/10/2012 | Leake, Gonzalez square off in Reds-Nats opener
Mike Leake would like to join his cohorts in the Reds' rotation by earning his first victory of the year. Gio Gonzalez is looking for a victory just to keep up with his teammates. The two will go head to head in the series opener between the Nationals and Reds on Friday at Great American Ball Park.
5/10/2012 | Johan challenges Buehrle in hot NL East duel
A National League East showdown awaits Friday's series opener between the Mets and Marlins and both teams enter playing their best baseball of the season.
5/10/2012 | Astros, Bucs pitchers bring momentum into matchup
After losing two of three games against the Marlins, the Astros are off to Pittsburgh, hoping to rebound against the Pirates in a three-game series at PNC Park.
5/10/2012 | Kemp underscores Dodgers' drafting philosophy
The team that had Major League Baseball's first African-American ballplayer has, since Logan White took over the Dodgers' Draft in 2002, drafted, signed and sent to the Major Leagues 11 African-American players -- more than any other MLB organization.
5/10/2012 | Beltran providing more than Cards expected
It's early in Carlos Beltran's two-year deal, but five weeks into the 2012 season, the Cardinals have received better-than-projected production from a player who was signed after they lost Albert Pujols to the Angels.
5/10/2012 | Chipper, longtime friend and agent reminisce
As Chipper Jones has progressed through the first month of his final season, fans and members of the Braves' organization have reminisced about the memories he has created since being selected with the No. 1 pick in the 1990 First-Year Player Draft.
5/9/2012 | Middlebrooks: Hamstring tightness not serious
Will Middlebrooks looked poised to carry his hot hitting into his fifth Major League game when he belted a double to right in his first at-bat on Tuesday night against the Royals. But after scoring on a single by Kelly Shoppach later in that second inning, Middlebrooks was removed from the Red Sox's 6-4 loss to the Royals with tightness in his left hamstring.
5/9/2012 | Ibanez's homers return Nova to win column
Ivan Nova turned in arguably his best outing of the season on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, striking out eight and leading the Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Rays that saw former setup man David Robertson record his first save since Mariano Rivera sustained a season-ending right knee injury last week in Kansas City.
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