9/10/2013 | Cruz likely to make roster if Texas reaches playoffs
The Rangers are undecided if suspended outfielder Nelson Cruz would be on their roster if they reach the postseason, but it will likely be an easy -- if not automatic -- decision in his favor when the regular season is over.
9/10/2013 | Motte begins throwing four months after surgery
Four months into his rehab from Tommy John surgery in May, right-hander Jason Motte began a throwing program Monday.
9/10/2013 | Liriano stifles Rangers as Bucs hold on, keep pace
With Francisco Liriano back in ace mode and Nos. 2-3 hitters Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen combining for seven hits, two runs and three RBIs, the Pirates edged the Rangers, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark. The Cardinals won, so the Bucs remained one back of the Cards in the National League Central.
9/10/2013 | Santana wants to catch, but focused on winning
More often than not these days, Carlos Santana heads into the Indians' clubhouse and sees his name listed as the team's designated hitter. Santana would prefer to remain the starting catcher for Cleveland, but that role has been taken over by Yan Gomes in the past six weeks.
9/10/2013 | Coghlan making every game count
Don't tell Chris Coghlan that the final 20 games of a rough season for the Marlins aren't important. The 28-year-old, who is overcoming an injury-plagued last few years, is approaching each game with the same desire as if the Marlins were in the playoff picture.
9/10/2013 | Trout's torrid pace could lead to exclusive club
With 19 games left, Mike Trout is 21 hits away from reaching 200 -- and some rare company. The list of players who notched 200 hits in their age-21 season is currently only 10 deep. But it does not stop at 200 hits for Trout.
9/10/2013 | Angels activate Kendrick from disabled list
Howie Kendrick's arduous battle through a sprained left knee officially ended Tuesday, when the Angels second baseman successfully ran sprints for a second straight day and was activated for the start of a three-game series at Rogers Centre.
9/10/2013 | Pedroia leads off for first time since 2009
For the first time since 2009, Dustin Pedroia was in the leadoff spot for Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the Rays.
9/10/2013 | Plouffe hitting his stride in September stretch
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe has been swinging a hot bat lately, and he credited hitting coach Tom Brunansky for helping him find his swing after struggling coming out of the All-Star break.
9/10/2013 | Reddick to work in slowly after rejoining A's
A's outfielder Josh Reddick is back in uniform after being activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but that doesn't mean he'll have an immediate impact on the lineup.
9/10/2013 | A's beaten by Willingham's pair of home runs
Righty Jarrod Parker gave up two solo home runs and was in line for the win, but reliever Ryan Cook gave up a go-ahead jack in the eighth as the A's dropped a 4-3 decision to the Twins on Tuesday night.
9/10/2013 | Willingham's home runs lift Twins, haunt A's
Josh Willingham's second home run -- a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth -- lifted the Twins to a 4-3 win over the A's on Tuesday night in the series opener at Target Field.
9/10/2013 | Maddon not leaning on history as motivation
The Rays entered Tuesday night's game vs. the Red Sox facing 20 games in the next 20 days to finish the season. That scenario prompted reporters to ask manager Joe Maddon to revisit history.
9/10/2013 | Phils push Halladay back, move up Lee
The Phillies pushed back Roy Halladay from Wednesday to Thursday to give him an extra day after the Phillies said he suffered flu-like symptoms over the weekend. Left-hander Cliff Lee will pitch Wednesday on normal rest.
9/10/2013 | Brown continues to make progress, may return this year
Before the end of the season, the Phillies might see Domonic Brown back on the field. They already know Ryan Howard and Ben Revere will not return this season.
9/10/2013 | Padres have high hopes for Medica on offense
The Padres still aren't quite sure what to make of first baseman Tommy Medica, who two days ago was helping the Double-A San Antonio Missions advance in the Texas League playoffs. They're about to find out, though.
9/10/2013 | Cashner cruises as offense breaks out vs. Phillies
Andrew Cashner allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings Tuesday and Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley each had three hits as the Padres rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Phillies in front of a crowd of 29,242 at Citizens Bank Park.
9/10/2013 | Neither Showalter, Girardi expect any carryover
One night after they were involved in a fiery on-field dispute with allegations of sign stealing, both Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Yankees manager Joe Girardi were optimistic that cooler heads would prevail as their series continued Tuesday.
9/10/2013 | Teheran solid as Braves get closer to division title
Julio Teheran rebounded from a rocky first inning in impressive fashion and benefited from the contributions of a suddenly rejuvenated Evan Gattis provided as the Braves took another step toward clinching the National League East with Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Marlins.
9/10/2013 | Get ready to flip for Hagar's 'Sammy & Friends'
Sammy Hagar, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, performed a NatsLive Postgame free concert after that Aug. 29 game along with his current bandmates, The Wabos. It was part of the celebration for the scheduled Sept. 24 release of the album "Sammy & Friends."
9/10/2013 | Reds drop two straight to Cubs for first time since '11
The dizzying high of taking back-to-back series from the Cardinals and Dodgers has quickly given way to the rapid descent of losing back-to-back games and a series to the last-place Cubs. Tuesday was a textbook blowout, as the Reds were handed a 9-1 defeat at Great American Ball Park. And then there was the added twist and turn no one on Cincinnati's side wanted -- the return of back trouble for rookie starting pitcher Tony Cingrani.
9/10/2013 | Marshall takes big step in recovery process
Reds lefty reliever Sean Marshall finally cleared an important hurdle in his quest to return to the active roster. On Tuesday afternoon, Marshall threw 22 pitches in a live batting practice session and came away with no issues. He has been on the disabled list since May 24 because of a sprained left shoulder. There have been setbacks along the way, including tendinitis suffered in July.
9/10/2013 | Jackson does it all for Cubs one day after turning 30
The party came a day late, but Edwin Jackson celebrated his birthday in a big way on Tuesday. One day after turning 30, the Cubs right-hander not only tossed seven innings of one-run ball, he also scored twice and hit the second home run of his career on the way to a 9-1 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
9/10/2013 | Cubs go to six-man rotation to give Baker a look
The Cubs plan to get two more looks at right-hander Scott Baker this season, as manager Dale Sveum said on Tuesday that he will go with a six-man rotation for the next two turns. That cycle began on Monday with Travis Wood's win over the Reds, setting up Baker's next start for Saturday in Pittsburgh.
9/10/2013 | Harvey 'optimistic' but awaits second opinion Monday
Still in "waiting and seeing" mode, Matt Harvey is scheduled to receive a second opinion on his right elbow Monday from renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Though Harvey does not plan to decide that day whether he will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Andrews' opinion will weigh heavily on his decision.
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