5/4/2012 | Castrovince: Stars haven't aligned yet for Tigers
The Tigers have star players and increased attendance, but when it comes to the performance on the field, the stars have not yet aligned in 2012.
5/4/2012 | Votebook: Futures-like All-Star Game intriguing
As loved as the status quo is, there's another approach to the All-Star Game that could be taken, with borrowed inspiration from the Futures Game, already a part of the All-Star festivities. That contest, a Minor League showcase, pits U.S.-born players against those from other countries.
5/4/2012 | Dodgers sign veteran outfielder Abreu
The Dodgers on Friday signed veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, who was released last week by the Angels.
5/4/2012 | Unlike past years, no clear-cut No. 1 Draft pick
It seems that the only thing certain about the top of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft is that there is no certainty. There is no clear-cut choice for the No. 1 overall pick this year, but Mark Appel and Byron Buxton are among the leading candidates.
5/4/2012 | Inner-ear infection sends Crisp to disabled list
The A's placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list Friday morning with an inner-ear infection. They recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Crisp.
5/4/2012 | MLB Notebook: Blanton, Morrow share spotlight
The Phillies' Joe Blanton and Blue Jays' Brandon Morrow on Thursday became just the fourth duo of pitchers to each throw a shutout on three hits or fewer with no walks on the same day.
5/4/2012 | Gammons: Civil Mo garners respect like no other
Mariano Rivera has always been civilized and thoughtful en route to becoming the all-times saves leader and best relief pitcher ever born.
5/4/2012 | Struggling Marmol removed from Cubs' closer role
Carlos Marmol is out as the Cubs' closer. One day after Marmol entered with a 3-0 lead against the Reds and walked three of the five batters he faced in an eventual Cubs loss, manager Dale Sveum informed the erratic right-hander he would no longer get the ball in the ninth inning.
5/4/2012 | Astros ready to hit one out with top Draft pick
With the Astros in a rebuilding mode, GM Jeff Luhnow is well aware of the need to strike gold with the No. 1 overall pick, as well as later selections in the Draft.
5/4/2012 | Tigers activate Young from restricted list
On the day that Tigers outfielder Delmon Young returned from his seven-game suspension, he returned to the public eye to try to start the process of rebuilding his reputation.
5/4/2012 | Cubs' Russell ready to face closing challenge
James Russell learned on Friday that he and right-hander Rafael Dolis will get the chance to share the closing duties after Carlos Marmol was removed from the role by manager Dale Sveum.
5/4/2012 | Lilly says he's good to go for Monday
Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly, who came out of his Tuesday start in Denver early with a strained right oblique, said he won't miss a start.
5/4/2012 | Mariano: 'I'm not going down like this'
Mariano Rivera's knee injury may be season-ending, but he vows it won't end his career, saying Friday that he will do everything in his power to come back for another season.
5/4/2012 | Lillian Musial: The woman behind The Man
Stan Musial's wife, Lillian, who was a longtime advocate for those in need in the state of Missouri, passed away Thursday. She was 91.
5/4/2012 | Stranger than fiction: Injuries strike in odd ways
Odd injuries are part of the game. And while their humorous nature can often elicit a chuckle, sometimes the unexpected physical setback isn't so funny.
5/4/2012 | Dolis closes out win for Maholm, Cubs
Rafael Dolis worked a scoreless ninth to close the door on left-hander Paul Maholm's third straight win as the Cubs beat the National League-best Dodgers, 5-4, on Friday at Wrigley Field.
5/4/2012 | O's place Reimold on DL, call up Exposito
The Orioles placed their hottest hitter, outfielder Nolan Reimold, on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his cervical spine.
5/4/2012 | Leach: Yanks should get creative with Robertson
The loss of Mariano Rivera to an ACL tear obviously hurts the Yankees, but it doesn't have to cripple them, especially if they are creative with the way they use David Robertson.
5/4/2012 | Corbin's homecoming includes Fan Cave visit
Native New Yorker Patrick Corbin visited the MLB Fan Cave along with teammate J.J. Putz during on Friday.
5/4/2012 | Bauman: Young grasps that actions speak volumes
Delmon Young's subsequent actions could speak more loudly than words. He had a grasp of that concept Friday, and that was the most hopeful part about the whole episode.
5/4/2012 | Halladay returns from personal leave
Roy Halladay rejoined the Phillies on Friday at Nationals Park.
5/4/2012 | O's Roberts nearly ready for rehab assignment
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been ramping up efforts in his progression -- sliding and doing a substantial pregame workout prior to Friday's game -- and the veteran infielder believes he could be ready to go on a rehab assignment in the near future.
5/4/2012 | Utley to have knee examined Saturday in DC
Chase Utley is expected to rejoin the team Saturday, but he hopes the stay is only temporary.
5/4/2012 | Rangers remain without Beltre's services
Though Josh Hamilton was back in the lineup on Friday night in Cleveland, Adrian Beltre was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game because of a sore left hamstring.
5/4/2012 | Zimmerman feels good hitting off tee
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is on the disabled list because of an inflamed right shoulder, took swings off a batting tee without any pain on Friday. According to manager Davey Johnson, from a scale of one to 100, Zimmerman swung the bat 75 percent.
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