7/20/2013 | Pirates confident in Locke's health for Cincy finale
Jeff Locke hasn't pitched since July 8 and missed out on a chance to play in the All-Star Game because of lower back stiffness, but when the 25-year-old left-hander takes the mound on Sunday against the Reds, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he'll do so without limitations.
7/20/2013 | Rios, Ventura offer viewpoints on benching
Alex Rios stands as the symbol of the White Sox growing frustration coming from this year's campaign. But it's an unwanted role for the right fielder, who was pulled from Friday's game for not running out a double-play grounder. Both he and manager Robin Ventura discussed the benching before Saturday's game.
7/20/2013 | In rubber game, lefties Minor, Quintana square off
Atlanta's 12-1 start to 2013 had one blemish, a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia three games into the season. As another injured member of the Opening Day lineup appears set to return, the Braves will look to put Saturday's 10-6 loss behind them and get back to replicating their first-half run, starting with Sunday's rubber match at U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox.
7/20/2013 | Lester scratched from Sunday start vs. Yankees
Jon Lester, who was supposed to start Sunday night's series finale against the Yankees, was scratched with "general wear and tear," according to manager John Farrell.
7/20/2013 | Cards place Holliday on 15-day disabled list
The Cardinals will have to wait at least another week before getting Matt Holliday back on the field, as the organization made the decision on Saturday to move the left fielder to the 15-day disabled list.
7/20/2013 | Delgado to be added to Blue Jays' Level of Excellence
Carlos Delgado will assume his rightful place on The Level of Excellence when the Blue Jays honour their all-time great prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the Rays.
7/20/2013 | Mesa, Neal brought up to boost Yanks' depth
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shuttle delivered two more players to the Yankees' clubhouse on Saturday morning, as outfielders Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal joined the big league club at Fenway Park.
7/20/2013 | Girardi: Nunez can be productive bat for Yanks
It has been a disappointing year thus far for Eduardo Nunez, who came into Spring Training locked in for a big opportunity as the Yankees' everyday shortstop with Derek Jeter unavailable due to injury.
7/20/2013 | Fenway faithful shower Rivera with respect
The last time Mariano Rivera heard cheers at Fenway Park was Opening Day 2005. The Red Sox had just hoisted their first championship banner in 86 years, advancing to the World Series after toppling Rivera's Yankees in an epic seven-game American League Championship Series.
7/20/2013 | Victorino could return for Sunday's series finale
As the saga of Shane Victorino's injuries continues, the Red Sox know they have to deal with them, and they will.
7/20/2013 | Drew returns, will be eased back into play
Shortstop Stephen Drew was back in the Red Sox lineup and batting eighth Saturday after being activated from the 15-day disabled list.
7/20/2013 | Uehara proving he can handle workload
Closer A got hurt, Closer B got hurt, and Closer C has been among the best in baseball. Koji Uehara feels no pressure in his new role.
7/20/2013 | CC, Dempster each seeking redemption in series finale
CC Sabathia got about as far away as he could from a Major League mound during the All-Star break, and he'll make his return to reality on the Fenway Park hill Sunday night in the finale of the Yankees' three-game series against the Red Sox. Ryan Dempster starts for Boston.
7/20/2013 | Red Sox not going to change style on bases
The Red Sox have no qualms about their approach on the basepaths. They will be aggressive, they will try to take the extra base and they will force a catcher to prove he can throw runners out.
7/20/2013 | Kuroda, defense hold fort until Yanks put away Sox
Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven strong innings of five-hit ball on Saturday to earn his first career win at Fenway Park, beating Boston for the first time in three tries this season and leading the Yankees to a 5-2 victory.
7/20/2013 | Archer, Rays face Blue Jays hoping to stay hot
Chris Archer, who struck out eight in his first complete game his last time out, tries to give Tampa Bay its 17th win in 19 games against R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays in the finale of a three-game set at Rogers Centre on Sunday.
7/20/2013 | Myers continues hot streak, leads Rays to win
Joel Peralta's eighth-inning escape and Wil Myers' two RBIs paved the way for Tampa Bay to earn a 4-3 win over Toronto on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Tampa Bay has now won 12 of its last 13 games and 16 of its last 18, extending its winning streak to four while improving to 57-41 on the season.
7/20/2013 | Redmond could be stretched out in next start
Right-hander Todd Redmond has done a formidable job in his short time as the club's fifth starter, as Toronto is 2-0 in his starts. For his upcoming start, manager John Gibbons may lean a little heavier on Redmond, who threw only 67 pitches in his last outing.
7/20/2013 | McGowan impressing since return
Since Dustin McGowan returned to the Blue Jays on June 8, he's shown plenty of reason why the club was so patient through his long rehab stints.
7/20/2013 | Escobar held out with right hamstring strain
Yunel Escobar was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game on Saturday as he nurses a mild right-hamstring strain. When asked if he could be back in the lineup by Monday, manager Joe Maddon said: "I would imagine so."
7/20/2013 | Myers putting up Puig-like numbers
Since rookie Wil Myers joined the Rays on June 18, they have gone 21-8, including Saturday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. During that span, he leads all Major League rookies in RBIs (18) and is tied with the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig in home runs (four) and is second in hits with 35 behind Puig's 36.
7/20/2013 | Barnes' cycle first for Astros since Rays' Scott
Houston's Brandon Barnes hit for the cycle on Friday night, becoming the first Astros player to turn the trick since Luke Scott in his second big league season. Scott's cycle came on July 28, 2006, when the Astros lost, 8-7, to the Diamondbacks in 11 innings.
7/20/2013 | Maddon opts for Farnsworth to start eighth inning
Joel Peralta has been the Rays' eighth-inning guy out of the bullpen for the last several seasons, but Joe Maddon elected to use Kyle Farnsworth to start the eighth in Friday night's 8-5 win over the Blue Jays.
7/20/2013 | Citi Field to host another All-Star-caliber matchup
The Midsummer Classic might be over, but fans will be treated to an All-Star pitching matchup at Citi Field on Sunday, when Mets phenom Matt Harvey takes the mound against Cliff Lee, who has been the Phillies' best pitcher this season.
7/20/2013 | Mets' early lead holds thanks to solid bullpen work
Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, and needed 106 pitches to get even that far, but that turned out to be enough. The bullpen held down Philadelphia after Wheeler departed, and the Mets grinded out a 5-4 win.
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