5/24/2013 | Halos eyeing brighter days after gloomy start
The outlook for the 21-27 Angels is not nearly as grim as it once was this season. Every portion of the Angels' game has picked up during a six-game win streak and there is further reason for optimism with ace Jered Weaver on the mend.
5/24/2013 | Bullpen struggles at root of Rays' problems
With a little bit of luck, no, make that late-inning relief pitching, the Yankees might be trying to catch the Rays in the AL East. The Rays entered Friday's game suffering from an epidemic of blown late-inning saves, but that didn't even come into play in this 9-4 loss.
5/24/2013 | Mauer squashes no-hitter in ninth for third time
Joe Mauer came through with a one-out single up the middle to break up Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid with one out in the ninth on Friday night, marking the third time in his career he'd broken up a no-no in the ninth.
5/24/2013 | Betancourt's groin injury 'a little bit better'
Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt was unsure about how his right groin responded to two days of rest, after he was removed from a game Tuesday night after two pitches. He reported feeling fine while throwing a bullpen session before Friday night's game against the Giants, but it was unclear if he would be available.
5/24/2013 | Cuddyer returns with big game vs. Giants
Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer, activated Friday after missing 14 games with a bulging disk in his neck, doubled and homered in four at-bats and scored two runs in a 5-0 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.
5/24/2013 | Five-run seventh propels D-backs over Padres
Brandon McCarthy permitted just one run over seven innings, and the D-backs came alive with a five-run seventh to down the Padres, 5-2, on Friday at Chase Field.
5/24/2013 | Mets rally to tie in eighth before rain suspends game
After the Mets knotted Friday's game against the Braves, 5-5 in the eighth, enough rain pelted Flushing to bring the tarp on the field. The result, after a 76-minute delay, was a suspended game, to be continued at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday before the day's regularly scheduled game.
5/24/2013 | Hanley getting closer to rehab assignment
Hanley Ramirez is inching closer to starting a Minor League rehab assignment, but the Dodgers are being extra cautious with the shortstop's strained left hamstring.
5/24/2013 | With surgical precision, Lackey soaks Tribe
While leading the Red Sox to an 8-1 victory over the Indians at a rainy Fenway Park, John Lackey allowed just two hits and an unearned run over seven innings.
5/24/2013 | Mattingly's Dodgers need to start sharing his values
Adrian Gonzalez has seen a baseball season in ruins. He was in the middle of one in Boston at this time last year, before an August blockbuster deal sent him home to Southern California, a delighted Dodger. "This is not even close," Gonzalez said, as controversy continues to consume Don Mattingly's disappointing Dodgers.
5/24/2013 | Garcia has surgery, should be ready for 2014
Hours after team physician Dr. George Paletta performed surgery on Jaime Garcia's left shoulder on Friday, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the organization is optimistic that Garcia will enjoy a full recovery by the start of the 2014 season.
5/24/2013 | Carpenter could face live hitters soon
Right-hander Chris Carpenter threw an extended bullpen session at Busch Stadium on Thursday and responded well enough that the Cardinals are considering having him face hitters as early as Tuesday. Facing hitters in live batting practice would put Carpenter a step closer toward going out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
5/24/2013 | Back of Mariners rotation is struggling
Entering Friday night's game, Joe Saunders had an ERA of 5.64, Aaron Harang was at 8.58 and rookie Brandon Maurer was at 6.80. In other words, aside from ace Felix Hernandez and emerging star Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle's starting pitchers have been struggling.
5/24/2013 | Kasten defends Mattingly's critical comments
Dodgers president Stan Kasten on Friday defended manager Don Mattingly's decision to publicly criticize the club's play during its recent six-game road trip.
5/24/2013 | Giants nearing decision on replacement starter
Manager Bruce Bochy said that the Giants likely will name a fifth starter for Tuesday's game at Oakland by Sunday. Besides swingman Chad Gaudin, possibilities include summoning left-hander Mike Kickham, right-hander Chris Heston or right-hander Shane Loux from Triple-A Fresno.
5/24/2013 | Phelps escapes, Grandy doesn't in Yanks win
Curtis Granderson suffered a left hand fracture and will miss a minimum of four weeks, a loss that soured the celebratory mood of the Yankees' 9-4 victory over the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field.
5/24/2013 | Anibal's bid for second no-no denied by Mauer
Anibal Sanchez's bid for his second career no-hitter was denied by Joe Mauer, whose one-out single up the middle in the ninth was the only hit the Tigers righty allowed in Detroit's 6-0 win over Minnesota on Friday.
5/24/2013 | Grandy out at least four weeks with knuckle fracture
After just eight games on the field with the Yankees this season, Curtis Granderson is headed back to the disabled list. Granderson suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal on his left hand when he was hit by a Cesar Ramos pitch in the Yankees' 9-4 victory over the Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field.
5/24/2013 | Reds power past Cubs with trio of homers
With the exception of one inning, Bronson Arroyo was solid in six frames, and he was backed by a trio of home runs as the Reds beat the Cubs, 7-4, at Great American Ball Park on Friday.
5/24/2013 | Tepesch ready; Ogando getting close
Nick Tepesch, threw approximately 50 pitches in the bullpen on Thursday without any problems with the blister on the middle finger of his right hand, is ready to rejoin the Rangers' rotation, and Alexi Ogando is not far behind.
5/24/2013 | Eovaldi to make rehab start Saturday for Jupiter
Miami starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will throw a 60-70 pitch rehab start with Class A Jupiter on Saturday. It will be his first start since he was placed on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on March 24.
5/24/2013 | Knee improved, Quentin returns to lineup
Carlos Quentin was back in the Padres' lineup Friday batting cleanup against the D-backs after missing the club's last two games with a sore left knee.
5/24/2013 | Richard could make return early next week
Back with the Padres following a two-start rehab stint with Triple-A Tucson, Clayton Richard threw a side session on Friday at Chase Field.
5/24/2013 | Hill frustrated with slow healing process of hand
With each passing day, D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill loses a little more patience with his left hand.
5/24/2013 | Hudson continuing to make progress in rehab
Daniel Hudson continues to make progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and the right-hander appears to be a bit ahead of schedule.
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