7/11/2013 | Towers: Relief help bigger target for trade
Trade rumors have linked the D-backs to a number of high-profile starting pitchers, but the team seems more likely to add an arm to the bullpen.
7/11/2013 | Wrigley outfield signage unanimously approved
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks Thursday unanimously approved two outfield signs that are key to Wrigley Field's renovation plan, including a video scoreboard for left field.
7/11/2013 | Estrada's throwing session pushed back
Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada tweaked his back and will not throw live batting practice Saturday at Chase Field as the club originally had hoped.
7/11/2013 | Gindl more prepared for second big league stint
Needing a player to fill the roster spot vacated by right-hander Johnny Hellweg, the Brewers recalled outfielder Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, balancing the club's roster with 12 pitchers and 13 position players.
7/11/2013 | Aoki returns to lineup from elbow stiffness
Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki returned to his customary spot in the lineup Thursday, batting first and manning right field after missing the club's last two games with a stiff left elbow.
7/11/2013 | Braun placed on bereavement list; Davis recalled
Due to a family medical issue, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun went on the bereavement list and likely won't return until after the All-Star break. In a corresponding move, Milwaukee recalled Khris Davis.
7/11/2013 | Heyward leaves early with strained hamstring
Braves right fielder Jason Heyward exited Thursday night's 6-5 win over the Reds in the bottom of the second inning with a strained right hamstring after going from first to third on an infield single by Justin Upton.
7/11/2013 | Carpenter garnering more important innings
After spending the first few months of the season working the late innings of games whose outcomes were already all but decided, reliever David Carpenter earned the Braves' trust that he could perform in tighter spots.
7/11/2013 | MLB, Mets donate mobile fun system to hospital
MLB and the Mets, along with the Starlight Children's Foundation, presented a Starlight Fun Center to the Coney Island Hospital on Thursday. A Starlight Fun Center is a mobile entertainment unit -- including a television, a Nintendo Wii game system and a DVD player -- that can be brought to kids' hospital rooms.
7/11/2013 | Puig takes second in record Final Vote
Yasiel Puig didn't win the National League All-Star Game Final Vote, but the Dodgers outfielder was thankful for the support he received from fans in a record-setting turnout.
7/11/2013 | Sveum tabs Wood as Cubs' first-half MVP
Who's the Cubs' first-half Most Valuable Player? Manager Dale Sveum picked All-Star left-hander Travis Wood.
7/11/2013 | Baker could bolster Cubs' rotation in August
Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will start for Class A Kane County on Sunday. If all goes well, he could join the Cubs' rotation in August.
7/11/2013 | Bowden replaces Raley in bullpen swap
The Cubs added a fresh arm to the bullpen on Thursday, selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and optioning lefty Brooks Raley back to Triple-A Iowa.
7/11/2013 | Scheppers falls short in American League Final Vote
Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers was appreciative for the support, but he did not win the American League Final Vote. Scheppers finished in fifth place when the final votes were counted up on Thursday afternoon.
7/11/2013 | Beachy in high spirits after rehab start
It was all in good fun, but the glowing report Brandon Beachy relayed before Thursday's game against the Reds confirmed that the right-hander's rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett had gone off without a hitch.
7/11/2013 | Atlanta hopes Gattis can be back right after break
Another pain-free day of batting practice and other baseball activities for catcher Evan Gattis has the Braves optimistic he could return for the start of the team's first series after the All-Star break against the White Sox.
7/11/2013 | Struggling pitchers run into dangerous offenses
Detroit's Doug Fister and the Rangers' Justin Grimm will look to break out of their respective slumps in their final first-half starts Friday at Comerica Park, but potent offenses led by All-Stars Nelson Cruz and Miguel Cabrera will pose challenges.
7/11/2013 | Desmond's Final Vote campaign falls short
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond finished fourth in the National League All-Star Final Vote, behind Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez finished fifth.
7/11/2013 | Swingmen Kelly, Villanueva face off at Wrigley
The Cardinals' Joe Kelly and the Cubs' Carlos Villanueva have alternated between starting and relieving in their careers, and on Friday they will oppose one another at Wrigley Field.
7/11/2013 | Rizzo backs Jackson's dominant effort against Cards
Edwin Jackson threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits with five strikeouts and no walks, and Anthony Rizzo drove in three runs in the Cubs' 3-0 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.
7/11/2013 | Amaro considers Phillies potential buyers
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday if the July 31 Trade Deadline were Friday, they would be buyers.
7/11/2013 | Lefty-hitting Revere seeing success vs. lefties
Ben Revere's numbers have spiked since a very slow first month with the Phillies. But what some people might not realize is the left-handed Revere actually has better numbers against left-handed pitching.
7/11/2013 | Rangers not concerned with Darvish's injury
Yu Darvish was examined by Dr. Keith Meister in Texas on Thursday, and the results showed nothing out of the ordinary in the right trapezius muscle. The Rangers feel Darvish is dealing simply with fatigue in the muscle and nothing more. Darvish did not even undergo an MRI.
7/11/2013 | Font, Ortiz recalled; Lindblom optioned to Triple-A
The Rangers called up right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font and left-hander Joseph Ortiz on Thursday. They replace Yu Darvish, who was placed on the disabled list, and Josh Lindblom, who was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.
7/11/2013 | Gentry, Baker pushing for quick return from DL
The Rangers have a chance of getting outfielder Craig Gentry and infielder Jeff Baker off the disabled list soon after the All-Star break.
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