8/31/2013 | Fowler better, but hopes of quick return fade
Dexter Fowler said Saturday his knee was feeling better but had not improved enough for him to make it back into the starting lineup. Manager Walt Weiss estimated Fowler's return was still a few days away.
8/31/2013 | Rosario giving Rox offense from behind plate
At 24, Wilin Rosario is just beginning to tap into his offensive potential, he being the rare man behind the plate who can hit for power and average.
8/31/2013 | Pinto called up to take Morneau's roster spot
Catcher Josmil Pinto was originally scheduled to be a September callup when rosters expand on Sunday, but he was instead called up from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday to take the place of Justin Morneau, who was traded to the Pirates.
8/31/2013 | Kemp's rehab assignment extended through Sunday
Matt Kemp and the Dodgers feel the center fielder needs more time to get comfortable at the plate, so Kemp will continue his rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga through Sunday, at least.
8/31/2013 | Narron sees Hamilton returning to All-Star form
Josh Hamilton was leaning against the railing of the visiting dugout at Miller Park on Friday afternoon when he saw a familiar face and sprung up. It was Johnny Narron, the Brewers hitting coach who used to be Hamilton's accountability partner when he looked invincible on a baseball field.
8/31/2013 | Clark offers praise for Minors teammate Springer
Catcher Cody Clark has adjusted to life in the Major Leagues after spending the previous 11 years in the Minors, but he's still keeping tabs on his former teammates at Triple-A Oklahoma City, which has clinched a playoff berth.
8/31/2013 | Stassi trying to stay prepared as he continues recovery
Now that catcher Max Stassi has cleared his head -- literally -- after suffering a concussion 10 days ago when he was hit in the face by a pitch, he's trying to do as much as he can to stay involved in game preparation on a daily basis.
8/31/2013 | Altuve proud to have father in attendance
The father of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve saw his son play for the first time as a Major Leaguer on Friday at Minute Maid Park, which the former All-Star said was something that was extremely significant to him.
8/31/2013 | With September callups, Porter looks to evaluate future
The Astros announced after Saturday night's 3-1 loss to the Mariners that their first two September callups will be right-handed reliever Jorge De Leon and outfielder Trevor Crowe. With Triple-A Oklahoma City headed for the playoffs, the Astros didn't want to do take too many players from the RedHawks and hurt their postseason chances.
8/31/2013 | Wave of September callups to come later in month
Having already shuffled several pitchers between the Majors and Minors this week, the Cardinals will not have a significant wave of September callups until after the Minor League regular season ends Monday.
8/31/2013 | Cards trio preparing for possible Tuesday start
As the Cardinals continue to consider three pitchers for Tuesday's start in Cincinnati, each of the three -- Tyler Lyons, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez -- keep preparing for the possibility of being pushed into the rotation.
8/31/2013 | Kubel joins Indians in Detroit, but not in starting lineup
Jason Kubel was held out of the starting lineup Saturday in his first game since the Indians acquired him from the D-backs, though he's available to pinch-hit.
8/31/2013 | Indians option unavailable Carrasco to Triple-A
The Indians optioned Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Jason Kubel, but he will be back with the team Tuesday as an extra arm in the bullpen.
8/31/2013 | Indians announce flurry of September callups
Manager Terry Francona said right-hander Preston Guilmet, left-hander Nick Hagadone, right-hander Blake Wood, infielder Jose Ramirez and catcher Kelly Shoppach will be promoted to the roster on Sunday. Left-hander Clay Rapada will join the Tribe on Monday, while right-handers Josh Tomlin, Vinnie Pestano, C.C. Lee and Carlos Carrasco will be added on Tuesday.
8/31/2013 | Varvaro downplays first save, gets game ball anyway
Jordan Schafer's initial sense that he had done something wrong came when he and center fielder B.J. Upton were coming toward the infield after Friday night's 2-1 win over the Marlins. Schafer gained confirmation when instead of providing a celebratory handshake, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez informed Schafer the ball he had just thrown into the right-field stands was a keepsake for Anthony Varvaro, who had just notched his first career save.
8/31/2013 | Constanza recalled, few others on way to Atlanta
Beginning Sunday, Major League clubs will have the opportunity to work with an expanded roster for the remainder of the regular season. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he does not expect more than five players to be added to his roster over the next few days.
8/31/2013 | Brantley ranks among leaders in outfield assists
Left fielder Michael Brantley caught Alex Avila between second and third base in the seventh inning Friday for his 11th outfield assist of the season, the second highest total in the Majors.
8/31/2013 | Bucs erupt early vs. Cards, sit alone atop NL Central
The Pirates built a six-run lead over the Cardinals by the third inning, on their way to a 7-1 win Saturday night at sold-out PNC Park, on their way to sole possession of first place in the National League Central -- on their way to putting to bed a night that underlined Pittsburgh's baseball renaissance.
8/31/2013 | Mets put den Dekker in center, Lagares in right
The Mets' Matt den Dekker made his second Major League start on Saturday night against the Nationals, and this time, manager Terry Collins put him in the same outfield as Juan Lagares. Collins wanted to see den Dekker in center and Lagares in right, an alignment that gives the Mets speed across their outfield, with Eric Young Jr. in left.
8/31/2013 | d'Arnaud settling in after back-to-back multihit games
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud collected the first multihit game of his big league career in Friday night's win over the Nationals, going 2-for-4 with a double, and he followed that up with another one on Saturday.
8/31/2013 | Ike's season could be over with strained oblique
A trying season likely came to an end for Mets first baseman Ike Davis on Saturday night, when he sustained a strained right oblique while taking a swing in the third inning and had to leave the Mets' 11-3 win over the Nationals.
8/31/2013 | Dotel's season in question after exiting rehab outing
The Tigers had been hoping to add Octavio Dotel to their bullpen as a September callup and postseason piece. After another bout of discomfort in his right arm, however, Dotel's season -- if not his career -- might be in question.
8/31/2013 | Cooper frustrated by Santiago's wildness
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was visibly frustrated by Hector Santiago's inability to throw strikes during Friday night's loss to the Red Sox.
8/31/2013 | Time is now for prospect Mitchell to figure it out
Buddy Bell likes Jared Mitchell's athleticism, but the White Sox assistant general manager says it's time for the outfield prospect, drafted in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, to "figure it out."
8/31/2013 | Lindstrom feeling strong despite heavy workload
Any day off is a brief but necessary spot of rejuvenation for White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom, who entered Saturday tied with Joel Peralta for the American League lead in games pitched at 66.
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