7/20/2013 | Runners go at own risk against Salvy's arm
All-Star catcher Salvador Perez's ability to thwart basestealers was on display again in the Royals' 1-0 victory over the Tigers on Friday night. He cut down Andy Dirks with an on-target throw to end the fifth inning.
7/20/2013 | Royals to host Ban Johnson All-Star game
The Royals will host the Ban Johnson All-Star Game on Sunday morning at Kauffman Stadium before the finale of their series with the Tigers.
7/20/2013 | Felix eyeing sweep of division-rival Astros
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will try to keep his team rolling on Sunday afternoon as the club looks to close out a sweep. Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles is looking to help his club get back on track.
7/20/2013 | Mariners battle to beat Astros with just one hit
Astros left-hander Erik Bedard no-hit his former Mariners team for 6 1/3 innings on Saturday, but wound up the losing pitcher on a strange night when Seattle pulled out a 4-2 victory despite managing just one hit.
7/20/2013 | Tigers lack for extra bases in opener with KC
When Alex Avila lined a double into the gap in left-center field to lead off the second inning on Saturday, he not only had the Tigers' first extra-base hit of the night. He had the first extra-base hit of the series, for either side.
7/20/2013 | Benoit welcomes opportunity to close games
The Tigers continue to scout teams for potential bullpen help before the Trade Deadline, including closer options, but they continue to be impressed with the way Joaquin Benoit has handled the job.
7/20/2013 | Avila owns up to error on tricky popup in KC
Tigers catcher Alex Avila acknowledged some trickiness on the popup he dropped for an error in Friday night's 1-0 loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Still, Avila said, that's a play he has to make.
7/20/2013 | Bonderman set for relief work with Mud Hens
Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will work out of the bullpen at Triple-A Toledo instead of starting, potentially a reflection of his best path back to Detroit.
7/20/2013 | Need for second neck surgery 'frustrating' for Reimold
Nolan Reimold, cleared in January to resume baseball activities following last June's spinal fusion procedure, was still having trouble getting his left arm over the hump, and the Orioles left fielder had tests done over the All-Star break to see if there was a way to help. The results were shocking.
7/20/2013 | Maholm sprains wrist, hopes to make next start
Braves left-hander Paul Maholm left the mound with a sprained left wrist in the fourth inning of Saturday afternoon's 10-6 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Asked about a possible stint on the 15-day disabled list for Maholm, manager Fredi Gonzalez shook his head. "No, I don't think so," Gonzalez said.
7/20/2013 | Francisco hits into contention for first-base gig
According to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, Juan Francisco has hit his way into contention for the 2014 first-base job in Milwaukee.
7/20/2013 | Aramis reportedly may miss 10-14 more days
MLB on FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal tweeted Saturday that Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez may miss 10-14 more days due to a left knee injury that placed him on the 15-day disabled list on July 8, retroactive to July 7.
7/20/2013 | K-Rod lights up radar gun in Friday's save
Francisco Rodriguez improved to a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities this season and hit 94 mph on the radar gun, a sight rarely seen this season.
7/20/2013 | Deadline chatter: Cubs, Rangers still talking Garza
Matt Garza is scheduled to make his next start on Monday. As of now, that start is expected to be in a Cubs uniform, opposite the D-backs. But don't be shocked if Garza's next start comes in another club's uniform.
7/20/2013 | Backed by Rios, Peavy impressive in return from DL
Backing Jake Peavy's solid six-inning return from a fractured rib, Alex Rios went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBIs in a 10-6 White Sox victory over the Braves on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
7/20/2013 | Peralta looks to pick up where he left off before break
Brewers starter Wily Peralta went into the All-Star break on a roll and will look to pick up where he left off as Milwaukee attempts to complete a sweep of the Marlins and Henderson Alvarez.
7/20/2013 | ExposNation catches game at Rogers Centre
Among the crowd of 42,639 at Rogers Centre that saw the Blue Jays lose to the Rays, 4-3, on Saturday, was a large contingent of Montreal Expos fans. ExposNation -- a grassroots movement that supports the former MLB club with some 156,000 Facebook fans -- had 650 people in their sold-out section in the first level outfield.
7/20/2013 | Brewers rout Marlins behind Gallardo-Lucroy battery
Yovani Gallardo tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings and Jonathan Lucroy delivered four hits and two RBIs, falling a triple shy of the cycle in Milwaukee's 6-0 victory over the Marlins Saturday at Miller Park.
7/20/2013 | Heyward rests another day, aims to start Sunday
Braves right fielder Jason Heyward probably could've started Saturday afternoon's game against the White Sox, but doesn't want to push his strained right hamstring too far. Heyward said it's more likely that he'll start Sunday's series finale.
7/20/2013 | Freeman fine after collision with Dunn
Freddie Freeman had just gotten back into a game for the first time on Friday night when he nearly got hurt again. He entered the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement for Joey Terdoslavich and wound up in a collision with 6-foot-6, 285-pound Adam Dunn on a close play at first for the inning's second out.
7/20/2013 | Beachy impressive in winning Triple-A rehab start
Rehabbing starter Brandon Beachy picked up the win in a 5-4 victory for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday night against Indianapolis. Beachy, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent last season, threw five innings and allowed one run on five hits.
7/20/2013 | Betancourt's son alerts staff of closer's appendicitis
Rafael Betancourt was sick Thursday night, but figured he could tough it out and show up for Friday's game against the Cubs. Fortunately for him, his 10-year-old son told on him to the Rockies' medical staff. Not long thereafter, Betancourt underwent an appendectomy, apparently just in time, and the Rockies placed him on the 15-day disabled list.
7/20/2013 | For batters, whiffs are rapidly losing their stigma
The strikeout was once considered a baseball taboo. Not anymore, however, as more players are striking out more often.
7/20/2013 | Konerko could return to Sox lineup Monday
White Sox captain Paul Konerko could return to the lineup as soon as Monday, per comments made by manager Robin Ventura before Saturday's contest with the Braves.
7/20/2013 | Hurdle, Pirates keeping trade considerations 'in house'
As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, manager Clint Hurdle knows what type of piece he would like the Pirates to add. He knows what his team needs and what would give it a better chance of finishing the season with a winning record for the first time in 20 years. He just doesn't want to tell anybody.
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