7/5/2013 | Former Nat Marquis has fond memories of Washington
Padres right-hander Jason Marquis, who pitched for the Nationals from 2010-11, returned to Nationals Park for the first time since then on Friday for the opener of a three-game series. He will start against his former club on Saturday.
7/5/2013 | Mattheus could start rehab assignment in 10 days
Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus threw off a mound on Friday for the first time since breaking his pitching hand, and manager Davey Johnson said the right-hander could begin a Minor League rehab assignment in about 10 days.
7/5/2013 | Marshall's 'pen session likely to lead to another
Reds lefty reliever Sean Marshall is continuing to make progress toward a return from the disabled list, but plans for a rehab assignment have yet to be made. He threw a 39-pitch bullpen session Friday.
7/5/2013 | Reds' rainout presents scheduling dilemma
The Reds on Friday were still determining options to make up Thursday's rained-out series finale against the Giants. The problem, for both teams, is that the options for a rescheduled game are less than optimal.
7/5/2013 | Harang's visit stirs up camaraderie with Arroyo
Friday marked the first time Mariners pitcher Aaron Harang faced the Reds and former teammate Bronson Arroyo at Great American Ballpark.
7/5/2013 | Bailey-Hanigan honored with former Reds battery
Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and catcher Ryan Hanigan were honored on the field Friday for Bailey's second career no-hitter and the 16th in club history, pitched Tuesday. They were joined on the field by former Reds batterymates Jim Maloney and Johnny Edwards, who teamed for a 10-inning no-hitter in 1965.
7/5/2013 | Ayala back in bullpen for first time since late April
The Braves do not know what to expect from Luis Ayala. But before the July 31 Trade Deadline passes, they are going to give Ayala a chance to prove he is capable of serving as a reliable veteran presence in their bullpen.
7/5/2013 | Morneau finding stride amidst Canadian homecoming
Justin Morneau has been swinging a hot bat recently, and it's come just in time for the Canada native's homecoming against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
7/5/2013 | Gardenhire encouraged by Burton's outing vs. Yanks
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he was encouraged by reliever Jared Burton's 1-2-3 inning against the Yankees on Thursday, and will continue to try to find spots for him to work through his recent struggles.
7/5/2013 | Gardenhire pulling for Perkins in All-Star balloting
With a healthy lead in the balloting among American League catchers, Joe Mauer appears to be a lock for the All-Star Game, but the Twins are hoping closer Glen Perkins joins him in New York for the Midsummer Classic.
7/5/2013 | Phils' Kendrick aims to continue mastery of Braves
Kyle Kendrick looks to extend his dominance of the Braves on Saturday night amid a weekend series that could play a critical role in how the Phillies assess their playoff chances and approach the July 31 Trade Deadline. Atlanta's Tim Hudson, whose start was pushed back a day, seeks first road win since April 13.
7/5/2013 | Milone sets winning tone for A's against KC
Left-hander Tommy Milone fired eight scoreless innings before a tough ninth, while Josh Reddick paced the offense with a pair of extra-base hits in the A's 6-3 win over the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
7/5/2013 | Cubs busy at work on international scene
There is a different set of rules governing Major League Baseball's international signing period this year, and the Cubs are taking full advantage of the new wrinkles.
7/5/2013 | Street sees first action on road trip
Padres manager Bud Black was asked before Friday's game against the Nationals if he could remember the last time closer Huston Street pitched. He couldn't.
7/5/2013 | Alonso working out with Tucson starting Saturday
Injured Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso will take part in workouts and also batting practice with Triple-A Tucson beginning Saturday.
7/5/2013 | Gordon doesn't have concussion, is day to day
Left fielder Alex Gordon strolled through the Royals' clubhouse on Friday, stopped in front of his locker and delivered some good news: He has no concussion.
7/5/2013 | Next 10 days may decide if Phillies buy or sell
Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke in short, declarative sentences Friday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. "These next 10 days are big," the Phillies general manager said. Chase Utley is among the names mentioned as possible trade chips, but Amaro said it would be "really tough" to part with the veteran second baseman.
7/5/2013 | Santana set to make another stretch run against A's
Royals right-hander Ervin Santana looks to continue his stretch of at least six innings in his starts, while the A's send Jarrod Parker to the hill looking to clinch a series win on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
7/5/2013 | Cobb throws first bullpen session since concussion
Rays right-hander Alex Cobb continues to make progress in his return from the concussion he sustained on June 15 when Kansas City's Eric Hosmer hit a line drive off the right side of his head.
7/5/2013 | Longoria could play in All-Star Game if selected
Despite Rays third baseman Evan Longoria's recent struggle with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, manager Joe Maddon would have no qualms about his third baseman playing in the All-Star Game, if selected.
7/5/2013 | Zimmermann eyes NL-best 13th win against Padres
Jordan Zimmermann, who hasn't lost at home in over a year, looks for a National League-best 13th win against former National Jason Marquis and the Padres, who have lost a season-worst seven straight games.
7/5/2013 | Bats back Gio as Nats top Padres in opener
A five-run second inning gave Gio Gonzalez a comfortable cushion and the Nationals rode it to an 8-5 victory over the Padres in Friday's series opener at Nationals Park.
7/5/2013 | Girardi at his best in 2013 keeping Yankees together
This season has been Joe Girardi's finest hour as Yankees manager. Through all the injuries and all the disappointment, they're still hanging around, six games behind the Red Sox in the American League East and 1 1/2 games out in the AL Wild Card race.
7/5/2013 | Liriano hurls complete game as Bucs top Cubs
Francisco Liriano hurled four-hit ball and tossed the Pirates' first complete game of the season in Pittsburgh's 6-2 victory over the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field.
7/5/2013 | Lee, Phils pick up crucial win over first-place Braves
Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee tossed six scoreless innings before struggling in the seventh, giving up four runs before the bullpen closed out a crucial 5-4 victory over the first-place Braves on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Humberto Quintero homered and drove in three runs and Ryan Howard added a solo shot.
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