4/5/2013 | Here's the deal: Free agency's role is changing
Free agency isn't really dying. But it is definitely changing, to the point that an increasingly significant percentage of the pool will be made up of short-term solutions and stopgaps, rather than franchise-altering superstars.
4/5/2013 | MLB Notebook: Davis continues early tear
After collecting seven homers in his final seven games of 2012, Chris Davis has gone deep in each of the Orioles' first three contests to open this season.
4/5/2013 | Hamilton unsure what to expect from return to Texas
Fans tend to have short memories. So, when Hamilton returns to Texas on Friday, Rangers fans may hardly recall those five straight All-Star starts, or that 2010 American League MVP Award, or even his overall impact on elevating a franchise to new heights. The focus instead figures to be on his departure to the division-rival Angels.
4/5/2013 | Small-market challenges no problem for Crew
The Brewers are answering all the challenges of building a consistent club in a small market. They have structured their club to be competitive every year, and that doesn't look like it'll change any time soon.
4/5/2013 | Pettitte-Rivera duo a treat to be savored as clock ticks
For the first time since July 8, 2010, in Seattle, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera both pitched for the Yankees in a regular-season game. Just like Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, Pettitte started, Rivera finished, and the Yankees won, this time defeating the Red Sox, 4-1.
4/4/2013 | Bautista twists ankle, expects to play Friday
Jose Bautista was forced to leave Thursday night's game versus Cleveland in the ninth inning because of a minor right ankle injury.
4/4/2013 | Tepesch strong in Triple-A tuneup
Right-hander Nick Tepesch's stint in Triple-A Round Rock was a short-lived, but productive one.
4/4/2013 | Just dandy: Pettitte turns in vintage outing
Andy Pettitte hurled eight strong innings and Mariano Rivera secured the first save of what he promises will be his final Major League campaign as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 4-2, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
4/4/2013 | With series win, Sox off to fresh start
Winning two out of three games in Yankee Stadium can't be seen as a negative, even though the current circumstances seem to make a sweep much more possible than usual.
4/4/2013 | Fan Cave fuses art, baseball cultures
It was the grand opening of the Fan Cave Art Gallery on Thursday, a springtime fusion of the baseball and pop culture worlds.
4/4/2013 | Argued call on bases stunts ninth-inning rally
A ninth-inning base-running gaffe killed any chance of a Rays comeback Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
4/4/2013 | Monfort sees a lot he likes with Rockies
While serving as tour guide for the new improvements to Coors Field, Rockies owner Dick Monfort couldn't resist some candid conversation about the club that will play in the park starting with Friday's home opener against the Padres.
4/4/2013 | Vlad signs deal with Long Island Ducks
Veteran outfielder Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to join the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
4/4/2013 | Monfort reveals Coors Field enhancements
When Coors Field opened in 1995, it was heralded as one of the best ballparks in baseball, blending the game's tradition with modern amenities. After 18 seasons, Rockies owner Dick Monfort is bringing elements of other ballparks to improve the park through renovations with an investment of over $6 million.
4/4/2013 | Reynolds gets call at first in series finale
Indians manager Terry Francona has used the same batting order for his team's first three games, but included a slight defensive adjustment on Thursday. Mark Reynolds, who served as the team's designated hitter in the first two games of the season, was slotted in as the first baseman in the finale of this three-game set in Toronto.
4/4/2013 | Entering second full year, Doubront eager for first start
Just like a year ago, Felix Doubront will make his first start of the season at Toronto. The difference is that he now has a full season of experience under his belt.
4/4/2013 | Report: Cubs, city close to finalizing $500M deal
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday evening that the Cubs and City Hall expect to finish up a $500 million deal by Monday's home opener that would include some changes to the 99-year-old ballpark, including the addition of a jumbotron (size yet to be identified) in left field.
4/4/2013 | Janssen goes consecutive days for save
Casey Janssen wasn't sure if he'd be able to pitch on back-to-back days early this season, but he was ready when called upon on Thursday night.
4/4/2013 | Kuroda receiving treatment, hopes to make next start
Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda said that his bruised right middle finger is giving him some discomfort, one day after he was struck by a line drive, but he still hopes to make his next start.
4/4/2013 | Astros acquire southpaw Blackley from A's
Coming off his best Major League season, 30-year-old left-hander Travis Blackley was traded from the A's to the Astros on Thursday for outfielder Jake Goebbert.
4/4/2013 | Arencibia homers twice as Blue Jays get first win
The Blue Jays offense broke out of its mini two-game slump by unloading for five home runs in a 10-8 victory over the Indians on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
4/4/2013 | Adulation arrives, but Zito focused on start
The Giants will celebrate their success this weekend. Though every player will share this experience, Barry Zito will stand front and center.
4/4/2013 | No shutout, but Nats finish sweep of Marlins
The Marlins were finally able to score a run against the Nationals, but it wasn't enough as Washington won, 6-1, on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park.
4/4/2013 | Hicks notches first hit, Pressly first outing
The Twins' 8-2 win over the Tigers on Thursday featured a few firsts, as center fielder Aaron Hicks picked up his first career hit and reliever Ryan Pressly made his Major League debut and had his first strikeout.
4/4/2013 | Kazmir headed to DL with rib cage strain
On Thursday, Cleveland announced that Scott Kazmir will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being described as a right rib cage strain.
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