7/4/2013 | Cards give Kozma time off to work on swing
Thursday marked the first of what the Cardinals plan to be several days off for shortstop Pete Kozma, who will use the time away to search for his swing and his confidence. Daniel Descalso will start in Kozma's place.
7/4/2013 | Holliday returns from pinched nerve in neck
After nursing a stiff neck for two days, outfielder Matt Holliday was cleared to return to the Cardinals' lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Angels.
7/4/2013 | Beltre's blasts spark Rangers on Fourth of July
Adrian Beltre went deep twice, sparking a four-run seventh in a 5-4 win against the Mariners in front of 46,476 on Thursday. It was his 24th career multihomer game and sent him past Joe DiMaggio for 75th all-time with 362 career home runs.
7/4/2013 | Pelfrey set to return, Twins designate Walters
After Thursday's 9-5 loss to the Yankees, their fifth in a row, the Twins designated right-hander P.J. Walters for assignment to make room for right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who will be activated from the disabled list.
7/4/2013 | Slumping Andrus drives in run out of eight-hole
Rangers manager Ron Washington dropped Elvis Andrus to eighth in the lineup Thursday to give the shortstop a little break. Andrus went 1-for-2 with a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win. He now has an RBI in five of the six games on the Rangers' homestand.
7/4/2013 | Washington eyes improvement at plate with RISP
If Rangers manager Ron Washington had one wish for his club to improve in an area during the second half of the season, he'd want the Rangers to bat 1.000 with runners in scoring position.
7/4/2013 | De La Rosa draws familiar foe in D-backs
While Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa prepares to face the D-backs for the fourth time already this season, D-backs top prospect Tyler Skaggs will take the mound Friday for just his fourth start in 2013 as the clubs open a three-game set in Arizona.
7/4/2013 | Cotts finally falters, allowing runs against Seattle
Neal Cotts didn't record an out against four batters in the seventh inning against the Mariners. He gave up two runs on three hits, throwing 24 pitches as he allowed a two-run shot to Raul Ibanez.
7/4/2013 | Jeter senses rehab assignment isn't far
Yankees captain Derek Jeter said on Thursday that he feels close to being cleared to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.
7/4/2013 | On differing journeys, Rays, White Sox cross paths
While the Rays begin a 10-game homestand, the White Sox hit the road on a journey to the All-Star break when the two teams meet in St. Pete on Friday. Tampa Bay will start Jeremy Hellickson against Chicago's Dylan Axelrod.
7/4/2013 | Despite scare, Dodgers like Puig's all-out style
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he expects Yasiel Puig to continue getting hurt as long as he continues his wild approach to the game, which nobody is trying to change.
7/4/2013 | Conger's progress leads to more playing time
Angels catcher Hank Conger has received a spike in playing time recently, a result of his improvement on defense, most notably in his ability to throw out would-be basestealers.
7/4/2013 | Fourth offers Kohn time to reflect on family's legacy
Angels relief pitcher Michael Kohn, like many Americans, has a special place in his heart for Independence Day, thanks to a family history richly rooted in the armed forces and government service.
7/4/2013 | Puig fan Scioscia says he's not an All-Star yet
While Angels manager Mike Scioscia does not feel Yasiel Puig has been in the Major Leagues long enough to deserve an All-Star bid, he is not discounting the abilities of the Dodgers' young phenom.
7/4/2013 | Crawford's return puts Dodgers in 'sticky' situation
Carl Crawford has completed his injury rehab assignment, will meet the Dodgers on Friday in San Francisco, and manager Don Mattingly will finally be faced with mathematical reality.
7/4/2013 | Braves to let Schafer heal on disabled list
Jordan Schafer was not happy to learn he had been placed on the disabled list on Thursday morning. The Braves wish they had made the decision to make the transaction before allowing Schafer to make two pinch-hit appearances during this week's series against the Marlins.
7/4/2013 | Smoak keeps hitting, despite lengthy DL stint
Justin Smoak recorded his first three-hit game of the season in Wednesday's 4-2 win against the Rangers, reaching base four times as he went 3-for-4 with a walk.
7/4/2013 | Saunders eyes return in Cincy against righties
Michael Saunders has been limited mostly to pinch-running duties the past five days after having the fingernail on his right middle finger crushed when he got spiked diving back on a pickoff throw against the Cubs last Friday, but the Mariners outfielder has found ways to contribute.
7/4/2013 | Veteran bats come through with runners on base
On a team struggling to score runs, Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez have been the most consistent hitters with runners in scoring position. Morales is batting .282 overall this season entering Thursday's finale against the Rangers, but that number jumps to .375 (27-for-72) with runners in scoring position.
7/4/2013 | Wood forced to carry Gators backpack in prank
Alex Wood counted himself lucky that off-and-on rain brought a late-arriving crowd to Turner Field for Wednesday night's game against the Marlins. In a light-hearted gesture of rookie hazing, the former University of Georgia standout was forced to carry a plush Florida Gators backpack as he walked out to the bullpen with the rest of the relievers for pregame warmups.
7/4/2013 | With winning mentality, Yanks face O's on home turf
The Yankees left Baltimore on Sunday after being swept in three games by the O's, and having lost six of their previous seven games. Now, they'll host the Orioles after sweeping the Twins in four games. New York will start Ivan Nova against Miguel Gonzalez on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
7/4/2013 | D-backs bend, don't break to beat Mets in 15
After blowing a pair of leads in extra innings, the D-backs were able to make a 5-4 advantage hold up in the 15th inning Thursday at Citi Field.
7/4/2013 | Returning before break still possibility for Tulo
Troy Tulowitzki took batting practice on Thursday and said he has not ruled out returning before the July 16 All-Star Game but emphasized that he will not rush the recovery process.
7/4/2013 | Rox not fazed by rare misstep from Brothers
Rex Brothers has been so dominant this year that any slipup comes as a relative shock. So it was a surprise when Brothers gave up home runs in the ninth on Wednesday to Dodgers sluggers Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp.
7/4/2013 | With regular time, LeMahieu finding his stride
He's acted quietly, but after his first full month in the big leagues this year, DJ LeMahieu is becoming a regular in the Rockies' lineup.
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