5/9/2012 | Maholm looks to continue turnaround vs. Hudson
After lasting only four innings in each of his first two starts, Cubs left-hander Paul Maholm goes for his fourth straight victory Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series against Tim Hudson and the Braves at Wrigley Field.
5/9/2012 | Scutaro, Rockies can't dodge misfortune
Rockies second baseman Marco Scutaro found himself trying to fathom physics Tuesday night, before falling into a tried and true explanation for what went wrong in the 3-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.
5/9/2012 | Injuries, blown saves keep closer carousel spinning
Following a run of signings, trades and bullpen-to-rotation moves, spring seemingly brought an end to the offseason's closer carousel. As it turns out, the shake-ups were just getting started.
5/9/2012 | Pay attention to the man behind the curtain
Andre Ethier's presence has been especially vital to the Dodgers' hot start. The success he has had represents a bigger trend early this season: superstars like Kemp playing their parts, but perhaps taking away a bit of recognition from their teammates who are also off to solid starts.
5/9/2012 | Life without injured stars no easy task
Injuries are part of the game, but there's nothing quite like the hollow feeling that can stir when a team loses a cornerstone-type player.
5/9/2012 | Bauman: Melvin, Roenicke deals speak volumes
By extending the contracts of Doug Melvin, the general manager, and Ron Roenicke, the manager, at a time when the team was struggling, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio was underscoring his complete confidence in both men.
5/9/2012 | Castrovince: Unlucky Nats keep facing obstacles
Jayson Werth's broken left wrist, which will likely keep him out of the lineup for 10-12 weeks total, is merely the latest wallop to a Nationals club that passes the smell test but is flunking Luck 101.
5/9/2012 | MLB Notebook: Hamilton makes 2012 unique
On the heels of Philip Humber's perfect game last month, Josh Hamilton's four-homer game Tuesday made 2012 the first year in which both accomplishments occurred in the same season.
5/9/2012 | Moore: The Bambino a legend still, and forever
Babe Ruth never left. Not after his throat cancer in 1948, and not after Hank Aaron slammed the 715th home run of his career in 1974 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to make Ruth's "714" just another number.
5/9/2012 | McNamee arrives; juror dismissed for sleeping
An abbreviated day at the Roger Clemens federal perjury trial is turned into an eventful one, with key prosecution witness Brian McNamee arriving at the courthouse, the defense completing cross-examination of steroids dealer Kirk Radomski and a juror being dismissed for sleeping during the trial and arriving late.
5/9/2012 | 'Marvelous' trade made '62 Mets unforgettable
It was 50 years ago Wednesday that the Mets traded for Marv Throneberry, a player who would best represent the the phenomenon of the 1962 Mets.
5/9/2012 | Gammons: LaHair had to wait too long for chance
At the age of 29, in his 10th full pro season, Bryan LaHair is putting up numbers that could earn him an All-Star write-in campaign.
5/9/2012 | Phillies activate Lee for start vs. Mets
The Phillies on Wednesday activated left-hander Cliff Lee, who had been sidelined by a strained left oblique. Right-hander Michael Schwimer was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
5/9/2012 | Numbers game gives Frazier start in left for Reds
Though there wasn't one reason why Dusty Baker started Todd Frazier in left on Wednesday, it mostly came down to the numbers of Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey.
5/9/2012 | Willis to return to O's in extended spring camp
Dontrelle Willis and the Orioles have settled their dispute, after Willis spent more than two weeks away from the organization's Triple-A club, and the left-hander will return to extended Spring Training.
5/9/2012 | Roenicke sticking with struggling Weeks
Manager Ron Roenicke is standing by his second baseman. Rickie Weeks, an All-Star starter last season, entered Wednesday's game batting .168 with three home runs and six RBIs.
5/9/2012 | Narron hears from Hamilton after historic night
After becoming the 16th Major Leaguer to hit four home runs in a game, Josh Hamilton called his mentor, Johnny Narron. The two have been very close since 2007, when Narron began serving as an around-the-clock asset for Hamilton, helping the talented but troubled outfielder avoid issues with drugs and alcohol.
5/9/2012 | Cardenas starts for Cubs as Soriano rests
Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano was given Wednesday off to nurse a tender left knee and rookie Adrian Cardenas started in left field in the series finale against the Braves.
5/9/2012 | Sveum not sweating trip to Milwaukee
Dale Sveum should feel right at home this weekend when the Cubs travel north to face the Brewers.
5/9/2012 | Bullpen an early challenge for Sveum
Cubs manager Dale Sveum didn't see Kerry Wood throw his glove and cap into the stands after Tuesday's game, but he understood why Wood did it.
5/9/2012 | Rays trio makes trip to MLB Fan Cave
Former Tampa Bay farmhand Josh Hamilton's four-homer performance the night before was on the minds of current Rays James Shields, David Price and Sean Rodriguez during their visit to the Fan Cave on Wednesday.
5/9/2012 | Chipper's repaired knee healing nicely
Chipper Jones does not have many fond memories of Wrigley Field. But with his surgically repaired left knee proving to be much less bothersome, the Braves third baseman was back in the lineup on Wednesday to play what will likely be his final game in the historic ballpark.
5/9/2012 | Votto polishes Cueto's gem after stellar duel
Johnny Cueto and Zack Greinke lived up to their billing as aces on Wednesday afternoon, but the game was decided by the bullpens. And it was the Brewers' 'pen that blinked first. The Reds scored two runs in the top of the ninth for a 2-1 win and two of three in the series.
5/9/2012 | Amid golf flap, Beckett takes mound for Boston
Josh Beckett, who ended last season embroiled in controversy in Boston, could again draw the ire of Red Sox fans after reports surfaced that he golfed Thursday, one day after it was announced he'd skip a start due to tightness in his right lat.
5/9/2012 | Cespedes' hand strained, not broken
The A's breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday afternoon, after hearing there is no break to Yoenis Cespedes' left hand.
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