5/17/2013 | Injury updates offer both good, bad news for Dodgers
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gave a lengthy injury update Friday that included good news on Zack Greinke, the impending return of second baseman Mark Ellis and a setback for utility man Jerry Hairston.
5/17/2013 | Giants' approach at the plate is paying dividends
The Giants led the National League in hitting entering Friday with a .269 mark. Hitting coach Hensley Meulens said this is a result of players buying into the team's offensive philosophy.
5/17/2013 | Morse sidelined Friday with eye irritation
Outfielder Michael Morse, who has been carrying a hot bat the last week, was scratched from the Mariners lineup about an hour before Friday's series opener with the Indians due to eye irritation.
5/17/2013 | Mariners, Harang optimistic he'll make next start
Veteran right-hander Aaron Harang took it easy on Friday, a day after being scratched from his scheduled start against the Yankees due to lower back stiffness. But the 35-year-old remains hopeful that he'll be fine to pitch in his next scheduled start Tuesday in Anaheim.
5/17/2013 | Gomez making most of his opportunity to start
The Pirates made righty Jeanmar Gomez a long reliever to begin 2013, and he surrendered only four runs in 13 2/3 innings during five appearances. But Gomez has gotten the opportunity to start three games in the last few months, and cashed in on that chance.
5/17/2013 | Blue Jays duo visits Cave Dwellers, Golf Club
Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion mixed business and pleasure Friday, when they brought their home run stroke to the Golf Club at Chelsea Piers. The two Blue Jays, clad in full uniform, sprayed golf balls and baseballs all over the place.
5/17/2013 | Tigers fan's Beat the Streak quest hits 40
On Friday, Aaron Brown from Sterling Heights, Mich., became the second BTS player this season to extend his streak to 40 games, when the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 against the Rangers. Picking the reigning American League Triple Crown winner has been a go-to move for Brown, a Tigers fan who lists Cabrera as one of his two favorite players, along with Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander.
5/17/2013 | Kinsler out of Friday's lineup with bruised rib cage
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup on Friday night because of a bruised right rib cage. Kinsler said the issue was not the result of his awkward headfirst slide in the first inning of Thursday's 10-4 win over the Tigers, but reacting to getting hit by a pitch from Justin Verlander.
5/17/2013 | Leake's job most likely secure when Cueto returns
The Reds listed Mike Leake as their probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Mets, which seems to end any remaining speculation about his status on the roster.
5/17/2013 | Cueto ready to return Monday against Mets
All systems are a go for Reds ace Johnny Cueto to return to the rotation from the disabled list Monday. Cueto on Wednesday was named the starter for the series opener against the Mets.
5/17/2013 | Beachy readies for first rehab start with Gwinnett
Brandon Beachy will move closer to a return to Atlanta's rotation Sunday, when he is scheduled to start for Triple-A Gwinnett. It will be the first official Minor League rehab start for the right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June.
5/17/2013 | Verlander, Leyland aren't shaken by one start
Even after one of the roughest starts of Justin Verlander's illustrious career, Tigers manager Jim Leyland has absolutely no concerns about his ace right-hander, who says he can fix inconsistency in his delivery with repetition.
5/17/2013 | Pettitte lands on DL as Yankees recall Nuno
Shortly before the Yankees were to engage the Blue Jays on Friday night, Andy Pettitte was assigned to the 15-day disabled list, and general manager Brian Cashman announced the club is recalling left-hander Vidal Nuno to replace Pettitte in the rotation.
5/17/2013 | Porcello leads way as Tigers double up Rangers
Right-hander Rick Porcello struck out six in 5 2/3 strong innings, while Miguel Cabrera added three hits in the Tigers' 2-1 win over the Rangers on Friday night that evened the four-game series at one apiece.
5/17/2013 | Kipnis finding success with shorter swing
A shorter swing has helped Jason Kipnis dig himself out of his early-season slump. Recently, the Indians second baseman has not only been one of the most potent bats in Cleveland's lineup, but also one of the top hitters in baseball.
5/17/2013 | Maddon wants Rodney to get 'back into that groove'
Fernando Rodney blew the save Thursday night against the Red Sox, prompting Joe Maddon to note that the command of the Rays closer has been "off just a little bit."
5/17/2013 | Stanton progressing in running program
Pinpointing a target date for Giancarlo Stanton's return remains up in the air.
5/17/2013 | Kuroda stifles Blue Jays with eight two-hit innings
Hiroki Kuroda allowed just two hits and struck out five over eight scoreless innings to lead the Yankees to a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.
5/17/2013 | Astros get it right, hire one of their own
Reid Ryan represents a connection to the Astros' past while offering an enthusiastic vision for its future. He's Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan's oldest son, and that means plenty around these parts.
5/17/2013 | Altuve to rejoin Astros on Saturday
All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve will be in Saturday's lineup against the Pirates after missing three games on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother in Venezuela.
5/17/2013 | Stauffer called up; Quentin on paternity leave
The Padres selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Tim Stauffer from Triple-A Tucson and placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on paternity leave on Friday.
5/17/2013 | Bell takes in Reds-Marlins contest from stands
For those wondering what kind of reception D-backs closer Heath Bell would receive in his return to Marlins Park, the answer was none.
5/17/2013 | Hudson feels good after extended spring outing
Right-hander Daniel Hudson threw four innings in an extended spring training game Friday, the first time he has faced non-D-backs hitters since undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer.
5/17/2013 | Astros owner Crane purchases Double-A team
Astros owner Jim Crane has a long-term vision to someday take over ownership of the majority of the Astros' Minor League affiliates. While there are no guarantees he will attain that lofty goal, he can check one off the list: Double-A Corpus Christi.
5/17/2013 | A's Anderson to be sidelined another month
Friday was originally circled as the day Brett Anderson that might be able to return from the 15-day disabled list. Instead, the A's announced he has been diagnosed with a navicular stress fracture in his right foot that will keep Anderson sidelined for at least another month.
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