9/12/2013 | Injured Dodgers trio takes steps forward
While Chad Billingsley has begun a throwing program following Tommy John surgery, Matt Kemp and Chris Capuano are still hoping to return to the Dodgers before the end of the season.
9/12/2013 | Scioscia: Team record hurts Trout's MVP chances
One would be hard-pressed to find someone more complimentary of Mike Trout's success and skill than his own manager, but even Mike Scioscia will tell you the Angels' standing should affect Trout's Most Valuable Player Award chances.
9/12/2013 | Hoffman to work with pitchers full time in new role
Trevor Hoffman is getting back in a Padres uniform, as Thursday he was named the team's upper level pitching coordinator and special assistant to general manager Josh Byrnes.
9/12/2013 | A-Gon's walk-off single topples Giants in 10th
Adrian Gonzalez delivered the Dodgers' second walk-off in three days to beat the Giants, 3-2, on Thursday night at a sold out Dodger Stadium. Gonzalez singled up the middle to score Carl Crawford in the 10th to give the Dodgers their eighth walk-off of the season. Los Angeles reduced its magic number to win the National League West to five.
9/12/2013 | Eighth inning remains work in progress for Farrell
At a time of the season when nearly every area of the team is firing on all cylinders, the one thing manager John Farrell is still tinkering with is the alignment of his setup crew, particularly in the eighth inning of close games.
9/12/2013 | Scuffling Bourn remains confident during playoff push
Michael Bourn is quick to point out just how long he's been slumping at the plate recently, but he also said before Thursday's series opener against the White Sox that experience tells him he'll come out of it.
9/12/2013 | Tribe blasts White Sox to stay 1 1/2 behind Tampa Bay
Ryan Raburn highlighted a four-run first inning with a three-run homer and added two more RBIs in a seven-run fifth as the Indians routed the White Sox on Thursday, 14-3, to remain 1 1/2 games behind the Rays in American League Wild Card race.
9/12/2013 | Despite skid, Rays in thick of playoff pursuit
Entering Thursday night's game, there were five teams within two games of each other for the American League's final Wild Card spot.
9/12/2013 | Mo to be honored before final Fenway game
Mariano Rivera has never forgotten being given a standing ovation at Fenway Park on Opening Day in 2005, serenaded by Red Sox fans a few months after he and the Yankees frittered away a 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series. Rivera good-naturedly tipped his cap to the Boston crowd that April afternoon, and they will return the favor one last time on Sunday. The Red Sox have announced that Rivera will be honored in a pregame ceremony before his final regular-season game at Fenway.
9/12/2013 | Nova throws, expects to be fine for next start
Ivan Nova tossed in the bullpen on Thursday at Camden Yards, and he is confident he will be able to make his scheduled start on Sunday against the Red Sox in Boston.
9/12/2013 | Past not a factor as Dickey pulled in sixth
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons strolled to the mound with one away in the sixth inning Wednesday against the Angels and removed R.A. Dickey, stopping at 15 a streak of games in which Dickey pitched at least six innings.
9/12/2013 | Ailing O'Day won't travel with O's to Toronto
Orioles reliever Darren O'Day will not accompany the team to Toronto this weekend, with the right-hander dealing with worsening numbness and tingling in the fingers of his pitching hand over the past week or two.
9/12/2013 | Rollins one home run shy of elite mark
It has been a rough season for Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, but with another home run he would become one of just 10 players in baseball history with 200 home runs and 400 stolen bases.
9/12/2013 | Brown takes BP, feels 'close to 100 percent'
Despite being sidelined by an Achilles injury, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown enters Thursday ranked fourth in the National League in home runs and eighth in RBIs.
9/12/2013 | Energetic Almonte putting on show in Seattle
Abraham Almonte isn't much of a talker, and often it seems like the "God bless you" he ends every interview with is his longest response of the day. But what the Mariners rookie callup refuses to say with his mouth is raucously exclaimed with his play on the field.
9/12/2013 | Span doubles to extend streak to 23
Nationals center fielder Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 23 games on Thursday afternoon against the Mets, which is seven shy of tying the team record of 30 set by Ryan Zimmerman in 2009.
9/12/2013 | Under further review, LaRoche hits No. 20
Thanks to instant replay, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was able to hit his 20th home run of the season against the Mets on Thursday.
9/12/2013 | Locke dominant, Bucs tied for first place in Central
Pirates lefty Jeff Locke notched his first win since July 21, and 10th of the year, as the Pirates downed the Cubs, 3-1, on Thursday night at PNC Park. The Pirates, who won their fourth straight game, are tied for first place in the NL Central with the Cardinals, who lost to the Brewers on Thursday.
9/12/2013 | Griffin dominates, Oakland increases West lead
A.J. Griffin pitched seven strong innings to win his fourth consecutive start, and the A's used another big inning of offense en route to an 8-2 victory over the Twins on Thursday afternoon at Target Field. The A's picked up a half-game on idle Texas and now lead the AL West by 3 1/2 games.
9/12/2013 | Wandy throws simulated game on Thursday
Pirates lefty Wandy Rodriguez (left forearm tightness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL. He is getting closer to a possible return.
9/12/2013 | Bucs still trying to get Marte's bat back
Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (right hand contusion) was activated from the disabled list on Sept. 7, but has only appeared as a defensive replacement or pinch-runner since then. He tried to swing a bat prior to Thursday's game with the Cubs.
9/12/2013 | Six-man rotation gives Samardzija more rest
The Cubs have switched to a six-man rotation to give Scott Baker more starts, which should also help Jeff Samardzija. A year ago, Samardzija was shut down on Sept. 8 after totaling 174 2/3 innings in 28 starts, his first season in the rotation. On Wednesday, he made his career-high 30th start, and now has 194 2/3 innings.
9/12/2013 | Hamilton putting charge in Reds' playoff hunt
Will Billy Hamilton's speed get to blaze on the bigger stage of the postseason? That seems likely, but not definite. Cincinnati is all but assured of being one of the two National League Wild Card entries and still has a shot at winning the NL Central.
9/12/2013 | Braves end trip still on top of NL with win against Fish
Everything seemed to be right again as the Braves concluded a tough seven-game road trip with Thursday afternoon's 6-1 win against the Marlins. Freddy Garcia proved he still has the potential to be an effective starter at the big league level, and Freddie Freeman celebrated his 24th birthday by securing his third consecutive 20-homer season.
9/12/2013 | Davey on Mets days: 'A lot of fun'
It was 10:15 a.m., and Nationals manager Davey Johnson was walking around Citi Field. While he was exercising, Johnson had flashbacks of his experiences while working for the Mets.
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