6/20/2013 | Almonte gets first Major League hit in unusual fashion
Zoilo Almonte's first career hit came in unusual fashion, but it still felt good to get one under his belt. Pinch-hitting in the ninth inning of Thursday's 8-3 loss, Almonte scorched a grounder to the left side. The ball drilled the third-base bag and popped into the air, giving Almonte enough time to reach first base.
6/20/2013 | Longoria's big night backs Moore in Rays' win
Evan Longoria paced the Rays' offense with two homers, and Matt Moore returned to form in an 8-3 win over the Yankees on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
6/20/2013 | Sternberg confident in Rays' chances in 2013
Stu Sternberg believes that the Rays will be playing meaningful games in September, but adds, "We have to start replicating on offense what we did in May, and start pitching better."
6/20/2013 | Time for new A's ballpark is long overdue
The O.co Coliseum is a cookie-cutter stadium that lacks the charm of the modern ballparks, and the A's should have had a new home decades ago.
6/20/2013 | Perez to start Saturday against Cardinals
The Rangers announced Martin Perez will start against the Cardinals on Saturday. Perez traveled with the team after Thursday's 4-3 victory over the A's and the Rangers will announce the corresponding roster move on Saturday.
6/20/2013 | Old memories resurface as Rangers face Cards
Kyle McClellan keeps his 2011 World Series ring with the Cardinals hidden in a safe place, but he jokingly asked his Rangers teammates if he should bring the ring in the clubhouse for the first game against the Cardinals since the 2011 Series on Friday.
6/20/2013 | Braun may require longer DL stint
A second opinion of Ryan Braun's painful right hand injury confirmed the original diagnosis, but raised the likelihood of a much longer stint on the disabled list to allow it to heal.
6/20/2013 | Maxwell starts in center as Barnes gets breather
The Astros went from searching for a center fielder to having three of them, and Thursday's game against the Brewers is a prime example.
6/20/2013 | Peavy takes encouraging step from broken rib
White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy clocked some time on the bike Wednesday, his first bit of notable exercise since suffering a broken rib earlier this month.
6/20/2013 | Pena's mammoth blast launches Astros to series win
Two costly errors dug a hole, but Carlos Pena crushed a walk-off homer in the 10th inning for a 7-4 victory over the Brewers on Thursday.
6/20/2013 | Rangers within game of A's after taking finale
The Rangers' 11-game homestand ended on a high note on Thursday as they rallied to defeat the A's, 4-3, to take the four-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
6/20/2013 | Blue Jays bring in creator of Velocity Program
Velocity Program involves the use of small weighted balls during workouts while players mimic their throwing motions.
6/20/2013 | O's sign supplemental-round pick Hart
The Orioles on Wednesday signed high school center fielder Josh Hart, who was selected 37th overall in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
6/20/2013 | Young preaching patience for season woes
The Phillies and Delmon Young are preaching patience for their season struggles. But with time running out, Young and his teammates need to pick up their play if they expect to stick together and make a run at a postseason berth.
6/20/2013 | Morneau hopes homer signals turning point
As Justin Morneau put it, the monkey was finally off his back after homering on Wednesday against the White Sox. Morneau connected on a two-run blast in the seventh inning to give him his first homer since April 28, and his third of the season. It ended a career-long homerless stretch that spanned 168 at-bats.
6/20/2013 | With knee feeling better, Willingham starts in left
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's top priority before Thursday's game was to check with Josh Willingham to see how his left knee was feeling.
6/20/2013 | Fernandez provides power arm for Marlins
Based upon his maturity and polished mechanics, it is very difficult to grasp the fact Miami Marlins right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez is still only 20 years old.
6/20/2013 | Bucs ride Alvarez's monster day to win over Reds
Third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-4 and drove in all five Pittsburgh runs, as the Pirates beat the Reds, 5-3, at Great American Ball Park on Thursday to split a four-game series.
6/20/2013 | Heisey likely to return to Reds by Tuesday
Outfielder Chris Heisey, who has been on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring since April 29, was 2-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday during his second rehab assignment game for Triple-A Louisville.
6/20/2013 | Marshall's shoulder rehab progressing nicely
Injured Reds left-handed reliever Sean Marshall has continued to make progress in his efforts to return from the disabled list. Marshall, who went on the DL for a second time on May 24 because of shoulder tendinitis, long tossed from 120 feet on Wednesday and 135 feet on Thursday.
6/20/2013 | Indians embracing Giambi the player, mentor
After Jason Giambi launched a pinch-hit, game-tying home run that ricocheted off the backdrop beyond the center-field wall at Great American Ball Park on Memorial Day, Indians manager Terry Francona offered the slugger his hand for a high-five. The force of the ensuing contact left the skipper reeling.
6/20/2013 | Reliever Welker recalled, Presley optioned
With four relievers unavailable for the series finale against the Reds on Thursday, the Pirates recalled right-hander Duke Welker to provide an extra arm in the bullpen. To make room for Welker, the club optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis.
6/20/2013 | Gomez's next start likely to be with Pirates
After Jeanmar Gomez's successful rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, when the right-hander threw five no-hit innings, his next trip to the mound likely will be with the Pirates.
6/20/2013 | Game 6: Echoes of '86 in a Miami arena
The Larry O'Brien Trophy was being moved to courtside. Within a few moments, Miami and its satellite communities would be moved to tears. The Heat had been turned off and was about to be turned away. Then déjà vu hit a three, grabbed a rebound, blocked a shot and eventually brought us all back to Oct. 25, 1986.
6/20/2013 | Against the shift: Hitters adjust to defensive tactics
What goes through the mind of Jay Bruce -- or David Ortiz, Adam Dunn, Carlos Gonzalez, Nick Swisher, Prince Fielder, Rick Ankiel; the list these days seems to grow longer and longer -- when he steps to the plate and sees the shortstop behind second base, or the second baseman near where the right fielder might otherwise be?
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