7/26/2013 | Yankees bring Soriano's bat back to Bronx
Alfonso Soriano played his 539th game as a member of the Yankees on Oct. 25, 2003, going 2-for-3 at the plate as New York lost the deciding Game 6 of the 2003 World Series to the Marlins. On Friday -- nine years, nine months and two days later -- he played his 540th.
7/26/2013 | Sori deal one Yanks couldn't afford to pass up
Here's what you need to know about the Yankees' acquisition of Alfonso Soriano: The veteran outfielder was immediately written into Friday's starting lineup against the Rays, batting cleanup and playing left field.
7/26/2013 | Grilli's forearm requires rest, not surgery
All-Star closer Jason Grilli will not require surgery to repair a flexor strain in his right arm, the Pirates announced on Friday. After meeting with team doctors and Dr. James Andrews, Grilli will rest to treat the injury.
7/26/2013 | Deadline Chatter: Braves targeting Peavy, Santana
We're under a week to go until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and activity is picking up. More and more teams are getting clearer ideas of whether they're buyers or sellers -- and at what price in either case -- all while also trying to, you know, win ballgames.
7/26/2013 | Ruppert's Hall of Fame induction long overdue
The strange matter of Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert finally being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday is that so many people already thought he was enshrined in the red-brick museum on upper Main Street in this village, population 18,040.
7/26/2013 | Mejia's scoreless debut backed by Murphy's bat
Jenrry Mejia fired seven scoreless innings Friday in an 11-0 win over the Nationals, while Daniel Murphy's two home runs fueled the offense during Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader.
7/26/2013 | For contenders, boost may come from within
The A's were six games out of first place in the American League West when left-hander Brett Anderson returned from the disabled list on Aug. 21 of last season. His return provided exactly the kind of shot in the arm every contender covets as Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
7/26/2013 | Braun revelations 'shocked' Packers' Rodgers
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers bet his salary on good buddy Ryan Braun's innocence. On Friday, a dismayed Rodgers told reporters that he was lied to, and he cast doubt upon the fellow MVP's friendship and business partnership.
7/26/2013 | Ace-Offs underscore top pitching matchups
Welcome to Ace-Offs, MLB.com's designation for can't-miss pitching matchups. When two aces are scheduled to go head-to-head, we're going to highlight it for you, the baseball fan.
7/26/2013 | Brewers apologize to fan over 'Fraud' shirt
The Brewers apologized to a female fan this week after security officials forced her to remove a T-shirt she had altered in reaction to Ryan Braun's season-ending suspension.
7/26/2013 | Lindor raking with promotion, hits first Double-A homer
Since the Indians promoted him to Double-A Akron following the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game last week, shortstop Francisco Lindor has done nothing but hit. In his first 10 games at Double-A, Lindor is hitting .441 with a 1.225 OPS.
7/26/2013 | McCann has mettle to stay with hometown Braves
All-Star catcher Brian McCann wants to re-sign with his hometown team the Braves, but only one player has played their entire career with the franchise.
7/26/2013 | Hagen, Cheek to be honored at Hall ceremony
For the third consecutive year Saturday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will stage it awards ceremony at Doubleday Field, separating it from Sunday's inductions. This year, the ceremony will be headlined by MLB.com reporter Paul Hagen, the recipient of the annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award
7/26/2013 | Clippard riding impressive scoreless streak
The Nationals' bullpen has seen its fair share of struggles this season, but Tyler Clippard has been nothing short of dominant.
7/26/2013 | HOFer Smith opens weekend with clinic
Ozzie Smith, a 15-time All-Star and 13-time National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, spent Friday morning at the 12th annual PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith event, a fundraiser that helps the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum put on its educational initiatives. Smith, who doubles as the Hall of Fame's Education Ambassador, put on a clinic for a select group of kids with fellow Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry.
7/26/2013 | Knee not quite right, Young a late scratch
With Eric Young Jr.'s right knee injury lingering longer than expected, the Mets outfielder was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to continued soreness.
7/26/2013 | Sarah's Take: Kemp needs to get it together
The Los Angeles Dodgers had to put Matt Kemp on the disabled list on Wednesday. This is the third time that Kemp has been on the DL this season, and all these trips have had a different cause.
7/26/2013 | Price will face Boston again on Monday
David Price will start Monday's game in Boston, which is the makeup game from Thursday's postponement due to rain. The move pushes Roberto Hernandez back a day, which means Hernandez will start the first game of the homestand Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
7/26/2013 | Rays starters becoming pros at 'The Jump'
"The Jump" is all the rage with the Rays starting pitchers these days. "The Jump" occurs after one of the team's starters throws a complete game. Upon the completion of that game, the starters congregate in front of the mound with a group leap and bump of their bodies.
7/26/2013 | Maddon not worried about relievers getting rusty
There could be a possible detrimental offshoot to the Rays' starting pitchers pitching so many innings lately: bullpen rust.
7/26/2013 | Teixeira taking rehab process one step at a time
Until Thursday, Mark Teixeira had been in an elbow cast. He's now in one that ends just below his elbow. In two weeks, he expects to have a removable cast. Rehab -- that is strength-and-movement training -- will start at the end of August. He'll stick with that for a few months, and it will take him right up to the start of his offseason program on Nov. 1.
7/26/2013 | Jeter won't return Saturday, will play simulated game
Derek Jeter always bubbles with enthusiasm and optimism. But on Saturday, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list, he will participate in a simulated game, the Yankees announced after Friday's 10-6 loss to the Rays.
7/26/2013 | Cashman keeps focus on A-Rod's rehab
As the Alex Rodriguez saga continues to unfold, Brian Cashman continues to use his same strategy when pressed about the third baseman.
7/26/2013 | Archer looking to top Yanks again in New York
Rookie Chris Archer will toe the rubber for the Rays on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, looking to collect his fourth straight win. Ivan Nova will be opposite Archer for New York.
7/26/2013 | Fast start helps Rays top Yanks, gain first in AL East
Tampa Bay took over first place in the American League East on Friday night with a 10-6 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
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