8/16/2013 | Greinke, Hanley spur Dodgers to ninth straight win
Hanley Ramirez went deep and Zack Greinke allowed just three hits over 7 1/3 innings as the Dodgers blanked the Phillies, 4-0, on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.
8/16/2013 | Francona a proponent of expanded replay
Fans watching baseball games at home can often see within a matter of seconds whether an umpire made a right or wrong call on a close play. Indians manager Terry Francona is pleased that Major League Baseball wants to increase the number of correct rulings.
8/16/2013 | Santana back in cleanup spot for Tribe
Over the past few months, Indians manager Terry Francona was adamant that he would not move catcher Carlos Santana into the cleanup spot. Plans sometimes change.
8/16/2013 | Carrasco to bullpen not a permanent move
The Indians have not given up on right-hander Carlos Carrasco as a starter, but the club plans on moving him to the bullpen for the time being.
8/16/2013 | LoMo holding up well, getting hot at plate
The daily grind is not wearing down Logan Morrison. In fact, the Marlins first baseman is heating up as the season progresses. How Morrison holds up certainly is something the club is monitoring, since he is overcoming two surgeries to his right knee.
8/16/2013 | Straily, Ubaldo clash in middle game in Oakland
Dan Straily and Ubaldo Jimenez toe the rubber in the middle game of the series between the A's and Indians as both clubs jockey for playoff positioning.
8/16/2013 | After MRI, Crew thinks Gomez can avoid DL stint
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez expressed relief Friday after an MRI exam proved his painfully sprained right knee felt more damaged than it really is.
8/16/2013 | Crew recalls Halton for bench depth with Gomez down
Needing an extra bat while center fielder Carlos Gomez recovers from a sprained knee, the Brewers promoted first baseman/outfielder Sean Halton from Triple-A Nashville and optioned out right-hander Alfredo Figaro.
8/16/2013 | Stanton back in lineup after mental breather
A couple of days off may be exactly what Giancarlo Stanton needs to get back on track. That's the hope. It hasn't always been the case in the roughest stretch of the 23-year-old's career.
8/16/2013 | Brewers hope Gallardo's return can quiet Reds
Yovani Gallardo will make his first start in more than two weeks Saturday at Miller Park, as the Brewers right-hander looks to make a successful return from a strained left hamstring while also trying to slow down a Reds team aiming for its sixth win in its last seven tries. Cincinnati will start Mat Latos.
8/16/2013 | Gose looking to turn around 'frustrating' season
Anthony Gose started in center field and batted ninth against the Rays on Friday. And he was perfectly clear what, exactly, he needs to do to get his season back on track -- hit the ball.
8/16/2013 | Delabar progressing, but no timeline set
Right-hander Steve Delabar played catch Friday, the first time he's done so since going on the disabled list, but he said there is no set timeline for his return to the Blue Jays' bullpen.
8/16/2013 | Loyal to Manuel, Dubee ponders own future
Pitching coach Rich Dubee had been at Charlie Manuel's side for eight-plus years in the Phillies dugout.
8/16/2013 | Viciedo returns to starting lineup against Twins
White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo made his first start in eight games Friday night at Target Field after missing six straight starts and eight of the club's previous nine games because of a sore left thumb.
8/16/2013 | Beckham gets breather; Keppinger starts at second
After leaving Thursday night's series opener in the middle of the fourth inning White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham earned a day of rest Friday. Jeff Keppinger started in his place, but Beckham was forced into action later when Conor Gillaspie sustained a bruised left hand.
8/16/2013 | Close games continue to fall on wrong side of ledger
The White Sox entered play Friday with an 18-27 record in one-run games, a mark that manager Robin Ventura says may not truly reflect his current group of players.
8/16/2013 | J-Up meets Beat the Streak contestant Bryan
At the time, Justin Upton could not have fathomed how costly his 0-for-4 performance last Saturday against the Marlins was for one Braves fan. Upton's hitless night snapped Beat the Streak contestant Will Bryan's run at 47 correct selections, leaving him 10 picks short of the $5.6 million grand prize. Upton reached out to Bryan offering a pretty unique consolation prize, and on Friday, the two met in person before the team's game against the Nationals.
8/16/2013 | Braun may break silence next week
Suspended Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun appears poised to break his silence and may detail his involvement with performance-enhancing drugs when he does, according to a story posted on usatoday.com late Friday.
8/16/2013 | Manuel contemplates next step after dismissal
The Phillies on Friday dismissed Charlie Manuel as manager following eight-plus seasons, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he has asked Manuel to remain with the organization.
8/16/2013 | Franklin looks to work through problems at plate
After getting off to an outstanding start with the Mariners, rookie second baseman Nick Franklin has hit just .199 in 33 games since July 1 going into Friday's series opener with the Rangers.
8/16/2013 | Belt flexing muscle during hitting streak
Brandon Belt's bat has provided plenty of pop while the Giants lineup's season-long struggles have carried into August. The 25-year-old first baseman extended his season-best hitting streak to 11 games Friday. He is batting .395 (15-for-38) with four home runs during the stretch.
8/16/2013 | Maurer getting comfortable with new role in 'pen
Finding a niche as a long reliever is never easy, but rookie right-hander Brandon Maurer continued evolving into that role with his best outing yet in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Rays.
8/16/2013 | Healing Zunino starts swinging the bat
Rookie catcher Mike Zunino, sidelined the past three weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, has started swinging a bat in recent days as he works toward rejoining the Mariners for the final month of the season.
8/16/2013 | Posey gets break during grinding season
After catching 164 pitches in the Giants' 4-3 win against the Nationals on Thursday, catcher Buster Posey earned the night off Friday. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said he may also sit Posey on Sunday.
8/16/2013 | Bochy comments on Manuel's dismissal
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was surprised by Friday's dismissal of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, the winningest skipper in club history. However, Bochy acknowledged that the move was understandable.
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