8/9/2013 | O's release 2014 Pet Calendar for good cause
The Orioles' 2014 Pet Calendar featuring players and their pets is currently on sale at www.orioles.com/petcalendar, with proceeds to benefit the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).
8/9/2013 | Young Mariners awestruck by Griffey's presence in town
When Brad Miller was a kid, he was such a big fan of Ken Griffey Jr.'s that he wore No. 24 for his Little League team, also called the Mariners in honor of Seattle's legendary center fielder.
8/9/2013 | Start skipped, Ramirez used out of 'pen in loss to Crew
Erasmo Ramirez, scheduled to start Tuesday on 10 days' rest, is available out of the bullpen in the interim.
8/9/2013 | Haren continues hot hurling as Nats rout Phils
The Nats struck early and never looked back, as every starter recorded at least one hit to back a dealing Dan Haren in a 9-2 win over the Phillies on Friday at Nationals Park.
8/9/2013 | Astros' pace of play has slowed since move to AL
While the Astros have now played in the American League for over four months, they may have just received their most intensive taste of their new league's pace of play.
8/9/2013 | Buchholz: 'Everything is coming along'
Clay Buchholz leaned against a wall outside the Red Sox's clubhouse late Friday afternoon and reflected on a 40-pitch mound session that has the right-hander pointed in the right direction.
8/9/2013 | Thornton thinks Rios will help Rangers' playoff bid
When Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton learned Friday that former White Sox teammate Alex Rios was heading to the Rangers, Thornton's initial reaction was that Texas had improved its chances in the American League playoff chase.
8/9/2013 | Red Sox mulling third-base options
Brock Holt was in the lineup for the Red Sox at third base on Friday night vs. the Royals, but the long-term solution at the hot corner is still to be determined, said manager John Farrell.
8/9/2013 | Chapman is latest rookie to join Astros' bullpen
Kevin Chapman became the 14th rookie to join the Astros' roster when he was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday to replace left-hander Travis Blackley, who was designated for assignment.
8/9/2013 | Wheeler looks to stall streaking D-backs
The D-backs will look to extend their current winning streak to four behind Brandon McCarthy against the Mets on Saturday night at Chase Field. Mets rookie right-hander Zack Wheeler will have something to say about that, however.
8/9/2013 | Villar's thumb is improving, but he's out of the lineup
Astros rookie shortstop Jonathan Villar thinks he can already play with the sprained left thumb he injured on Tuesday.
8/9/2013 | Wacha rejoins Cards for second big league stint
Michael Wacha arrived in St. Louis on Friday to much a quieter scene compared to his much-hyped debut in late May. Wacha's focus now is on making sure this is his last return to the big leagues, hoping for a more permanent stay.
8/9/2013 | Cards not pressing with low home run count
Excluding a four-game stretch in which they scored 44 runs on 54 hits, the Cardinals have just 19 extra-base hits since July 25 and have manufactured much of this year's offensive production without the aid of the home run, ranking fourth lowest in the Majors with 91 this season.
8/9/2013 | Molina on track in recovery, but no timetable
Manager Mike Matheny said Friday that catcher Yadier Molina is progressing well in his rehab back from a sprained right knee. Molina threw a few days ago and hit in the cage for the first time Friday afternoon.
8/9/2013 | Pence ready to start new stolen base streak
Undaunted by being caught stealing for the first time this year, Giants right fielder Hunter Pence said Friday that he'll maintain a mindset for thievery through the rest of the season.
8/9/2013 | Sandoval takes extra BP to iron out swing
Having generated far less offense than can be expected from a reigning World Series Most Valuable Player, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval took an intensive session of extra batting practice to correct a flaw in his stroke.
8/9/2013 | With Machi down to Triple-A, Moscoso gets new role
Optioning right-hander Jean Machi to Triple-A Fresno did more than clear roster room for Friday's starter, Ryan Vogelsong, to be activated from the Giants' disabled list. The move had a direct effect on right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, who will inherit Machi's role as a middle-inning short reliever.
8/9/2013 | Wilson looks to stay hot against slumping Tribe
Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson is beginning to fire on all cylinders, and he'll look to keep that up Saturday, when the Angels and Indians square off at Progressive Field. He'll take the mound opposite Ubaldo Jimenez, who had his start pushed back to avoid Detroit earlier this week.
8/9/2013 | Injured Martinez plans on playing winter ball
Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez can take a glance around him and understand he's going to have to open some eyes to be a part of the team going forward.
8/9/2013 | Weaver rides early runs off former Halo Kazmir to win
Facing Scott Kazmir for the first time since the organization ate the final $10 million of his contract in July 2011, the Angels' offense quickly went to work Friday, scoring five first-inning runs and letting Jered Weaver take care of the rest in a 5-2 victory at Progressive Field.
8/9/2013 | Griffey nervous on eve of Mariners HOF induction
Ken Griffey Jr. insists he's nervous about getting inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame, an honor that will be completed in a 5:30 p.m. PT ceremony prior to Saturday night's game against the Brewers at Safeco Field.
8/9/2013 | Wandy to throw bullpen session Saturday
Starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez is set to throw 25 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday, a critical step forward in his extensive rehab schedule.
8/9/2013 | For Hurdle, emotional return to Coors Field
Friday was not Clint Hurdle's first visit to Coors Field, a place where he spent nearly eight years with the Rockies, as the Pirates' manager. But this time, he came with a Pirates club that boasted the best record in the Majors.
8/9/2013 | Bucs begin critical stretch away from home
Friday marked the beginning of a critical time for the Pirates, who play 12 of their next 15 games away from PNC Park. Though they are one of just three teams in the Majors with 70 wins, 41 of those victories have come in Pittsburgh.
8/9/2013 | Improved plate discipline lifting Bucs' OBP
For a Pirates lineup that ranks in the middle of the National League or lower in most offensive categories, walks have been an essential ingredient to becoming one of the best clubs in baseball.
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