4/25/2014 | D-backs survive late scare, win third straight
The D-backs nearly wasted one of their best starting performances of the year on Friday night, but held on to defeated the Phillies, 5-4, at Chase Field, running their season-high winning streak to three in a row.
4/25/2014 | Fans can weigh in on Home Run Derby participants
The Home Run Derby that Yoenis Cespedes won in such dazzling fashion last year -- who can forget those those 17 long balls in the first round? -- is an entertainment showcase for the fans. That's why you see the Home Run Derby Fan Poll as part of your brand-new All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian.
4/25/2014 | Sox feature full lineup with Middlebrooks' return
Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was activated off the disabled list for Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays, batting out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup.
4/25/2014 | Machado turns in All-Star performance in Frederick
Manny Machado moved into the next phase of his recovery with a flourish on Friday night. Beginning an assignment with Baltimore's Class A Advanced affiliate, the Frederick Keys, Machado smacked two doubles and a triple in four plate appearances and came around to score two runs against Myrtle Beach.
4/25/2014 | Veras day to day with sore left oblique
Cubs reliever Jose Veras has a sore left oblique and is day to day, manager Rick Renteria said Friday. Veras pitched on Thursday against the D-backs, and gave up two runs in one inning. It was his sixth appearance this season.
4/25/2014 | Time to pick All-Star Game starting lineups
Balloting is underway for Major League Baseball's 85th All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field in Minnesota, with the traditional launch of the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian and the first chance to punch names at ballparks.
4/25/2014 | Rule clarification met with enthusiasm
MLB showed its ability to adjust on the fly, acting Friday to ensure the transfer rule is interpreted as intended, on the field and in the replay center, and players and managers around the league were quick to voice their appreciation.
4/25/2014 | Arcia set for rehab assignment at Rochester
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia took batting practice on the field before Friday's game against the Tigers without any issues, and will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday at Triple-A Rochester.
4/25/2014 | On a roll, Starlin slotted in cleanup spot
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has batted second, third, fifth and sixth this season, and on Friday, he was inserted into the cleanup spot for the second time in his career.
4/25/2014 | Chapman to throw live BP for second time
In what is expected to be his final hurdle before heading out on a Minor League rehab assignment, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is scheduled on Saturday to throw live batting practice for the second time this week.
4/25/2014 | Astros send Albers to DL, call up Cisnero
Matt Albers, who had been the Astros' best bullpen arm this season, entered the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 22 because of tendinitis in his right shoulder. Jose Cisnero was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
4/25/2014 | Yankees ready to send Ryan on rehab stint
Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan, on the disabled list since Spring Training with a cervical spinal nerve injury, is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Sunday with Class A Advanced Tampa.
4/25/2014 | Latos resumes throwing program, plays catch
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos resumed a throwing program this week and has been playing catch for three days. It's been Latos' first throwing since he came down with a flexor mass tendon strain near his right forearm on April 11 and was shut down.
4/25/2014 | Rays not in running for stolen base lead
If you haven't seen the Rays steal many bases this year, that's because they haven't attempted many. In fact, they've attempted just 10 entering Friday's series opener against the White Sox, which is tied with Toronto for fewest in the majors.
4/25/2014 | Rays need replacement starters to pitch in
Odds are there's not a team in the Majors that would trade injury woes with Tampa Bay. With injuries to Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson, the Rays have fielded a patchwork rotation seemingly all season.
4/25/2014 | Reflective Fernandez visits World Trade Center site
The Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center happened when Jose Fernandez was a 9-year-old living in Cuba. The tragedy continues to hit home for the Marlins' 21-year-old ace.
4/25/2014 | Ramos feels good after taking batting practice
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamate bone fracture, took batting practice Friday for the first time since suffering the injury on Opening Day against the Mets.
4/25/2014 | Headley expected to miss two to three weeks
In February, when Padres third baseman Chase Headley strained his left calf during a drill, he showed up the next day with a limp and leaning on crutches. On Friday, less than 24 hours after straining his right calf against the Nationals, Headley was walking around almost as though nothing happened.
4/25/2014 | Broken arm won't stop Kuntz from chipping in
Despite a broken arm, first-base coach Rusty Kuntz helped out with the Royals' hitting workout on Friday afternoon and worked with outfielder Jarrod Dyson.
4/25/2014 | Eaton returns after five-game absence
The White Sox have their leadoff man back. Adam Eaton returned to the top of the lineup card and center field on Friday after sitting out the past five games with a strained left knee.
4/25/2014 | White Sox win on Abreu's walk-off grand slam
Jose Abreu's walk off grand slam gave the White Sox a 9-6 win Friday at U.S. Cellular Field. It was Abreu's ninth home run in the month of April, the most by a rookie in Major League history.
4/25/2014 | Fantasy: Find player value by analyzing weather
If you've ever played baseball in the rain or heavy winds, you know it can have an absolutely monumental effect on the game. That's one reason that many users who are crushing it in the Official Mini Fantasy Game of MLB.com from DraftKings are those who are taking the weather into account before picking players and creating lineups.
4/25/2014 | Collins trying to keep Mets' relievers fresh
Mets manager Terry Collins has found a pair of late-inning relievers he trusts in Carlos Torres and Scott Rice. The trick is keeping their arms attached.
4/25/2014 | Smith replaces Frieri as Angels' closer
In the wake of Ernesto Frieri's meltdown in Washington, D.C., the Angels have made a change in the ninth inning, with sidearmer Joe Smith taking over closing duties while Frieri works in low-leverage situations, Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced prior to Friday's series opener against the Yankees.
4/25/2014 | Youth Academies making impact off the diamond
MLB's Urban Youth Academies have made great inroads exposing the national pastime to inner-city youths, but they're influence also goes beyond the diamond with programs such as the children's book club at the Compton UYA and the junior broadcasting club at the New Orleans facility.
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