6/27/2013 | Jeter: A-Rod is not a distraction
Alex Rodriguez has found himself at the center of several different controversies lately -- from Major League Baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis clinic to his recent Twitter post that irked general manager Brian Cashman -- but Yankees captain Derek Jeter said A-Rod won't be a distraction whenever he returns to the Bronx.
6/27/2013 | Hanson to DL, gets good news from MRI
Angels starter Tommy Hanson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain on Thursday, but there's nothing wrong structurally.
6/27/2013 | Leg fracture to sideline Soler for at least a month
Third-ranked prospect Jorge Soler has a stress fracture of his left tibia and will be sidelined four to six weeks, but the Cubs are hopeful the Cuban outfielder can return to game action before the season ends.
6/27/2013 | Nathan hopes to join Mo at All-Star Game
Joe Nathan's save on Wednesday was his 26th of the season, leaving him tied with Mariano Rivera for second most in the American League. Nathan is hoping he and Rivera will also be joined together in a few weeks at the All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.
6/27/2013 | Mercer as starting shortstop paying off for Bucs
Maybe it was Clint Hurdle's unique brand of superstition. Some baseball folk don't like to change underwear when they are winning. Maybe the Pirates manager doesn't like to change shortstops. Starting in late May, Hurdle noticed that when Jordy Mercer was in the lineup at shortstop, the Pirates won. And when he wasn't, they didn't.
6/27/2013 | Perez on fast track to success in Majors
Steve Decker has missed Juan Perez's first few steps too many times to count. The Giants' Minor League hitting instructor can't help but admire Perez for the defensive feats he is now showcasing.
6/27/2013 | Ibanez a leader for Mariners in many ways
The decision to sign Raul Ibanez as a free agent has already come up aces on both accounts. Two games shy of the season's halfway point, Ibanez leads the Mariners with 18 home runs and 43 RBIs.
6/27/2013 | Couple vies for cash in 'Bucks' return to Windy City
Brenda Edwards and Richard Johnson of Gary, Ind., are having a pretty good summer. Exactly how good is not something we can give away here. They star in Episode 17 of the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond," at U.S. Cellular Field.
6/27/2013 | Choate still going strong with Cardinals
Veteran Randy Choate has carved out a role for himself as a lefty specialist for the Cardinals, a team that is tied with Pittsburgh for the best record in the Majors.
6/27/2013 | Nats Park light-stand fire caused by 'minor' malfunction
One of the individual bulbs in a light panel caught fire at Nationals Park on Thursday, forcing three sections of seats below the panel to evacuate. There were no known injuries.
6/27/2013 | D-backs manufacture win over Nats in 11
Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg battled to a draw Thursday afternoon, but it was the D-backs who eventually came out on top, 3-2, in 11 innings on Thursday at Nationals Park. Didi Gregorius' RBI bunt single in the 11th was the difference.
6/27/2013 | Scherzer deserves to be AL's starter in All-Star Game
Max Scherzer has emerged from Justin Verlander's shadow in Detroit to establish himself as the best starting pitcher in the league, and he should start for the AL in the All-Star Game.
6/27/2013 | Smooth operator: Myers acting the part in bigs
Wil Myers has been in the Major Leagues just over a week, long enough for most to acquaint themselves with his five-tool skill set.
6/27/2013 | Nolasco handling trade speculation in stride
All Ricky Nolasco is focused on right now is his next start, which is Friday for Miami against the Padres at Marlins Park. Anything else that could be a distraction, the right-hander is simply ignoring.
6/27/2013 | Aoki is an antidote for the strikeout epidemic
It is time for us to salute Norichika Aoki. He plays the game the way it is supposed to be played. In a season in which striking out has become a routine activity, Aoki isn't going along with the three-strike syndrome.
6/27/2013 | Molina deserves to strike starting All-Star pose
Buster Posey is a truly great player. He was a deserving National League MVP a year ago, and if he gets the All-Star Game start, he'll be worthy of the honor. But Yadier Molina is simply better, and deserves it even more.
6/27/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: June 27
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
6/27/2013 | Hoping to avoid surgery, Beckett begins throwing
Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett has begun a throwing program, more than a month after going on the disabled list. He had been experiencing numbness and tingling in his pitching hand.
6/27/2013 | Hanley coming to life, leading Dodgers' charge
The nightly highlight reel that is Yasiel Puig has obscured another developing story out of Dodger Stadium: Hanley Ramirez is alive and raking.
6/27/2013 | Kazmir expects to be OK despite back spasms
It was hard to tell by the way Scott Kazmir was pitching, but the left-hander fought back spasms throughout his stellar outing against the Orioles on Wednesday. The discomfort became too much for him to take in the eighth inning of Cleveland's 4-3 comeback win, forcing him out of the game.
6/27/2013 | Dodgers back Kershaw to finish sweep of Giants
Nothing went wrong Wednesday as the Dodgers completed a three-game series sweep of the Giants with a 4-2 victory. They got eight-plus innings from Clayton Kershaw, RBI hits from Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis and another save from Kenley Jansen.
6/27/2013 | Pena set for season-ending shoulder surgery
Ramiro Pena proved to be a key contributor off the bench for the Braves through the first two months of the season. But the valuable utility player will spend the remainder of this year recovering from right shoulder surgery.
6/26/2013 | A's reach agreement with draftee Overton
The A's agreed to terms with their second-round Draft pick, Dillon Overton, on Wednesday. With the addition of the left-hander, Oakland has signed each of its first 15 picks and 32 of its 42 overall from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
6/26/2013 | Marcum's gem gives Mets a split on South Side
Shaun Marcum twirled eight pristine innings in a 3-0 win over the White Sox on Wednesday night, earning his first victory of the season and an Interleague-series split for the Mets at U.S. Cellular Field.
6/26/2013 | Bullpen gets job done as Rangers hold off Yanks
The Rangers continue to push key members of their bullpen, but they were able to hold off the Yankees for an 8-5 victory on a warm, humid Wednesday night in the Bronx to even the three-game series.
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