7/4/2013 | Red Sox look to say hot on 10-game road trip
Fresh off an 8-1 homestand, the Red Sox hand the ball to Felix Doubront as they begin a 10-game West Coast road trip against C.J. Wilson and the Angels on Friday night.
7/4/2013 | Bats pick up Chacin as Rockies claim finale
On the verge being swept at home by a NL West rival and a 10-game intra-division road trip on the horizon, the Rockies' 9-5 win over the Dodgers on Thursday night seemed like a much-needed breath of optimism for the struggling club.
7/4/2013 | Ruggiano riding rare road homer streak
There is no place like the road for Justin Ruggiano. For whatever reason, all 12 of the Marlins outfielder's home runs this season have come in visiting ballparks.
7/4/2013 | Mathis adding clutch hits to repertoire
Jeff Mathis is doing much more than handling the pitching staff and throwing out baserunners. The Marlins' veteran catcher has also delivered some big hits of late.
7/4/2013 | Marlins finally able to show off expected rotation
It's taken until the Fourth of July for the Marlins to assemble the rotation they envisioned at the start of Spring Training. Henderson Alvarez, on the disabled list when the season started, made his Miami debut on Thursday night in the series finale in Atlanta.
7/4/2013 | Koehler sent to Triple-A to make room for Alvarez
With Henderson Alvarez coming off the disabled list, the Marlins had to make a corresponding move. Before facing the Braves on Thursday night, the Marlins optioned right-hander Tom Koehler to Triple-A New Orleans. To clear 40-man roster space, Matt Diaz was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Diaz has been out since May 20 with a bone bruise in his left knee.
7/4/2013 | Gibbons believes Rasmus' hard slide was clean
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has no problem with Colby Rasmus' hard slide into second in Wednesday's game vs. the Tigers that caused Omar Infante to depart with an injury.
7/4/2013 | Encarnacion returns to lineup as DH
Edwin Encarnacion started as the team's designated hitter on Thursday after dealing with left hamstring issues that kept him out of the lineup the last three games.
7/4/2013 | Avila seeing his opposite-field power return
Turns out Alex Avila was serious when he said his work with hitting coach Leon Durham last week wasn't about any major overhaul. By the looks of his first two games back from the disabled list, his biggest step as a hitter was getting back to his old ways.
7/4/2013 | Miggy gets rare day off in finale against Toronto
With another game on artificial turf on Thursday, Miguel Cabrera got the day off. It's not something he asked for while insisting he could play through a bad back, but it's something manager Jim Leyland felt he had to do.
7/4/2013 | Infante off crutches, but shin injury keeps him out
Omar Infante was able to move around the Tigers clubhouse without crutches on Thursday, which was an improvement from Wednesday night after Colby Rasmus' takeout slide at second base resulted in a left shin contusion.
7/4/2013 | Scherzer closing in on multiple milestones with hot start
Roger Clemens isn't the only one with a mark in danger as Max Scherzer keeps on winning. Much like Scherzer's unbeaten start itself, the longer the research goes, the more numbers keep popping up.
7/4/2013 | Tigers ink four more international prospects
The Tigers announced four more international signings on Thursday. Venezuelan right-handers Luis Ledezma and Wildenson Yanez both agreed to terms, along with Dominican shortstop Isrrael De La Cruz and Venezuelan catcher Jheyser Azuaje.
7/4/2013 | Verlander dominates Jays over seven shutout frames
Justin Verlander returned to the place where he threw his second no-hitter two years ago and looked about as close to that form as he has all season, blanking the Blue Jays for seven innings in an 11-1 rout on Thursday.
7/4/2013 | Q dramatics: Dunn, White Sox walk off after gem
Adam Dunn smacked his 23rd homer of the year over the left-field wall, taking Baltimore reliever Tommy Hunter's full-count breaking ball to the opposite field, as he redeemed himself for an eighth-inning error that forced the White Sox to bat -- and win, 3-2 -- in the bottom of the ninth at U.S. Cellular Field.
7/4/2013 | Yanks bats sizzle to cap sweep of Twins
Ichiro Suzuki and Travis Hafner each had three hits and Vernon Wells drove in three runs to power the Yankees' Independence Day attack in a 9-5 victory over the Twins on Thursday at Target Field, completing a four-game sweep.
7/4/2013 | Final push: All-Star voting ends tonight
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
7/4/2013 | Escobar gives Rays final say in 11th
Yunel Escobar collected three hits, including an 11th-inning double that scored Jose Lobaton with the go-ahead run, and the Rays took three of four games from the Astros with a 7-5 win on Thursday in front of 20,470 at Minute Maid Park.
7/4/2013 | Blue Jays seek traction with Twins in town
The Twins will travel to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays in a three-game set beginning on Friday at Rogers Centre, where Kevin Correia will go up against Mark Buehrle.
7/4/2013 | Astros travel to Arlington as AL West foes
The Astros do not travel far coming off their homestand, as they open a three-game set Friday in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. Houston will start Lucas Harrell against Nick Tepesch.
7/4/2013 | After voicing frustrations, Hudson gets another shot
Atlanta's Tim Hudson, who expressed frustration after he was pulled from his previous start earlier than he would have liked, gets another chance against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. He'll be opposed by Cliff Lee, who is undefeated in his last 11 outings.
7/4/2013 | Grinding success: Sox sweep aside Padres
Behind rookie starter Allen Webster and 18 hits from the Boston lineup, the Red Sox cruised to an 8-2 win to complete a three-game sweep over the Padres and an 8-1 homestand, the club's best stretch at home since June 2010.
7/4/2013 | Bucs' Liriano, Cubs' Shark prepare for another duel
On May 22 in Pittsburgh, the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija squared off against the Pirates' Francisco Liriano, and the Bucs came came away with a 1-0 victory. On Friday afternoon, the two starters meet again, this time at Wrigley Field.
7/4/2013 | Revere, Ruiz help Hamels best Bucs, clinch series
The Phillies, behind lefty Cole Hamels, downed the Pirates, 6-4, on Thursday afternoon in front of a crowd of 35,328 at PNC Park. Ben Revere and Carlos Ruiz both backed their pitcher with a pair of RBIs.
7/4/2013 | Baseball celebrates Fourth at the ballpark
Patriotism was on display throughout Major League Baseball on Thursday, as teams and fans celebrated our nation's 237th birthday on Independence Day.
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