4/4/2013 | Davis adds third homer in three games as O's top Rays
Chris Davis homered and doubled as the Orioles defeated the Rays, 6-3, on Thursday to win their first series of 2013 and leave Florida -- where the O's spent Spring Training -- on a high note.
4/4/2013 | Nakajima, Rosales to stay in Oakland for rehab
Oakland infielders Hiro Nakajima and Adam Rosales will not make the trip to Houston or Los Angeles, A's manager Bob Melvin said before Thursday's game against the Seattle Mariners.
4/4/2013 | For Angels, strong starts critical to hot start
The Angels rotation colors all conversation about this club, because, to be frank, few are expecting the starting five to be at or near the top of the class. The question is whether the rotation keeps things steady or hampers the big picture.
4/4/2013 | Homer by homer, Davis' power on full display
Chris Davis' latest homer came Thursday afternoon, continuing his torrid pace to start the 2013 season. He has homered in nine of his last 10 regular-season games dating back to last year.
4/4/2013 | Dodgers hope Greinke is game changer in NL West
The Dodgers signed starter Zack Greinke in the offseason with one ultimate goal in mind: bolster their rotation and win the World Series in 2013.
4/4/2013 | Werth's return to power a work in progress
After suffering a broken left wrist last May 6, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth returned to the lineup a different hitter. With his strength not all the way back, Werth cut down his swing over his final 54 regular-season games, hitting .312 with a .394 on-base percentage but only two home runs.
4/4/2013 | Kotchman latest Miami first baseman to hit DL
Two games into the new season, the Marlins are now down three first basemen. Finding a healthy option has become a serious challenge. Manager Mike Redmond said on Thursday afternoon that Casey Kotchman will be placed on the disabled list on Friday.
4/4/2013 | Leyland: No set closer a 'second-guesser's delight'
Jim Leyland had predicted in Spring Training that having no set closer would be a "second-guesser's delight." He was anticipating the questions about his bullpen usage after the Twins' comeback for a 3-2 win against the Tigers.
4/4/2013 | Montero looking more comfortable as regular catcher
One of the big questions coming into this season for the Mariners was how young Jesus Montero would handle being the everyday catcher and manager Eric Wedge said Thursday the early signs have been positive.
4/4/2013 | Righty Young returns to Nationals on Minors deal
Chris Young, who nearly two weeks earlier had exercised an opt-out in his contract with the Nationals, returned to the organization Thursday on a Minor League deal.
4/4/2013 | Barton sent to Triple-A; Stinson claimed by Orioles
The A's announced that first baseman Daric Barton cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Sacramento. Barton batted .206 with two doubles and five RBIs in 17 games this spring before being designated for assignment.
4/4/2013 | Joyce's all-around game draws high praise
Not only did Matt Joyce hit a walk-off homer Wednesday, he also started a four-run rally in the seventh, when he pushed a bunt to the left side of the diamond against the shifted Orioles defense. The Rays slugger said bunting could become a part of his game.
4/4/2013 | Reddick, Cespedes go deep to topple Mariners
Josh Reddick hit a home run and drove in four runs, and Yoenis Cespedes added a two-run home run as the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners, 8-2, Thursday to force a series split.
4/4/2013 | Andrus excited to commit to Rangers long term
The Rangers formally announced Thursday that they have signed shortstop Elvis Andrus to an eight-year contract extension through 2022, with a vesting option for 2023.
4/4/2013 | Familiar faces to cross paths in Astros-A's series
The Astros and A's don't have much history against each other, but there will be some very familiar faces crossing paths in Houston this weekend.
4/4/2013 | Beckham feels he's more than a quality glove
While White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham takes great pride in his Gold Glove-caliber defense, he wants to be known for more than his stellar defensive work by contributing on the offensive end.
4/4/2013 | Lohse's long, strange offseason ends in Milwaukee
Kyle Lohse tried hard to keep things as normal as possible during his decidedly abnormal offseason, and he mostly succeeded.
4/4/2013 | Angels brace for Hamilton's return to Texas
Josh Hamilton's return to Texas is going to get a lot of media attention this weekend, with a news conference already scheduled for Friday morning, FOX airing the Saturday game and the finale being featured on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
4/4/2013 | San Francisco trip brings harsh memories to Cards
The Cardinals' last visit to AT&T Park infamously ended in the pouring rain, with Marco Scutaro gloving a popup from Matt Holliday to end Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.
4/4/2013 | Harvey: 'A jacket doesn't belong on a baseball field'
Let Matt Harvey make one thing clear: "In my mind," Harvey said after shutting down the Padres in frigid weather Wednesday, "a jacket doesn't belong on a baseball field."
4/4/2013 | Royals pitchers preparing to swing the bats
Royals right-hander James Shields had a bat in his hand on Thursday morning at U.S. Cellular Field. In anticipation of Interleague Play, manager Ned Yost had his pitchers begin batting and bunting practice early in Spring Training.
4/4/2013 | Tigers sign Valverde to Minor League contract
The Tigers announced Thursday they have agreed to terms with Jose Valverde on a Minor League contract that includes an opt-out clause if he isn't in the big leagues by May 5.
4/4/2013 | Guthrie's nine K's help Royals earn first win
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie fired six solid innings with nine strikeouts, while Chris Getz and Alex Gordon fueled a decisive three-run fifth to help the Royals earn a 3-1 win over the White Sox in Thursday's series finale.
4/4/2013 | Assessing and critiquing some notable debuts
It's overreaction season in baseball, and there's nothing quite so much fun to overreact to as a debut. So with about one percent of the season (give or take) in the bag, we decided to take a look at how some notable debuts have gone so far.
4/4/2013 | Mets rotation shows promise if Gee can step up
The 2013 Mets will soar or sink with their starting pitching, and the linchpin of that rotation may very well be 26-year-old Dillon Gee, who returned to the mound on Thursday with 6 1/3 strong innings of work.
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