4/30/2014 | Rizzo powers Cubs past Reds in series finale
Hitting wasn't so much of an issue for the Cubs on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. The Cubs scored early and often off Tony Cingrani and piled on more at the end off the Reds bullpen, leaving town with a convincing 9-4 win and managing a split of the rain-shortened two-game set.
4/30/2014 | Craig breaks out as Cards push Crew away
With a lift from middle-of-the-order hitters Matt Adams and Allen Craig, the Cardinals salvaged the final game of a three-game series against the Brewers with Wednesday's 9-3 win, putting a halt to Milwaukee's growing lead in the National League Central standings.
4/30/2014 | Davis to start Bucs' twin bill batting second
Manager Clint Hurdle is putting Ike Davis in the No. 2 spot, a place at which Davis has never started in his career. Hurdle said Davis had the ability to get on base for Andrew McCutchen.
4/30/2014 | Storm system forces multiple postponements
The ripple effects of the severe storm system that caused tornadoes in the Midwest and flooding in the Southeast forced early postponement of four Major League games in the Northeast on Wednesday.
4/30/2014 | Dodgers bring up Olivo, option Federowicz
Manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday's demotion of catcher Tim Federowicz should be considered part of the "maturation process" of a young ballplayer. Federowicz, batting .109 after 13 games, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque and replaced by 10-year veteran Miguel Olivo, whose contract was purchased from Albuquerque.
4/30/2014 | Garcia delivers first knock with parents on hand
Though the Cardinals intend to stick with veteran Mark Ellis as their regular season baseman, Greg Garcia drew the starting assignment -- the first of his big league career -- on Wednesday. His first Major League hit followed.
4/30/2014 | First hit in books, Grichuk 'enjoying moment'
On Wednesday, a day after collecting his first Major League single by lining a ball into left field, Randal Grichuk was still waiting to receive the keepsake. He had not, though, fallen for his teammates' prank.
4/30/2014 | Garza exits early with bruised right thumb
On a day the Brewers badly needed innings from starter Matt Garza, he was knocked out with nobody out in the fourth due to a bruised right thumb. Head trainer Dan Wright and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke visited the mound after Garza walked the first hitter he faced in the fourth inning and examined Garza's right hand. After returning to the mound to throw a warmup pitch, Garza walked off the field.
4/30/2014 | Tigers-White Sox has call overturned
The White Sox won their first replay challenge of the season on Wednesday in a play that involved Gordon Beckham's line drive to center with one out in the third inning against the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
4/30/2014 | O's-Pirates game postponed; twin bill Thursday
Wednesday's game between the Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader tomorrow, May 1 at 4:05 p.m.
4/30/2014 | Rain forces postponement in the Bronx
The Yankees announced that Wednesday's game against the Mariners at Yankee Stadium was postponed because of inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for June 2 at 7:05 p.m. ET.
4/30/2014 | Sox may opt for rehab start with Sale
Robin Ventura had a slight change of heart Wednesday where a Minor League rehab start and Chris Sale are concerned.
4/30/2014 | Phillies-Mets game postponed due to rain
Wednesday's game between the Phillies and the New York Mets has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for June 2 at 7:05 p.m. ET.
4/30/2014 | Top Tigers prospect Ray to start Tuesday
The Tigers acquired prospect Robbie Ray in last fall's Doug Fister trade with an eye toward their rotation of the future. With Anibal Sanchez on the disabled list, Detroit in need of a spot starter and Ray tearing up batting orders at Triple-A Toledo, the future is coming a little sooner than expected.
4/30/2014 | McGee among four to enter Cards Hall of Fame
During an on-field ceremony, the Cardinals announced that Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds would be the two modern-player inductees to the club's Hall of Fame after a fan ballot. Marty Marion and Mike Shannon were selected by a panel.
4/30/2014 | With Hamilton, impossible quickly becomes reality
I'm guessing Billy Hamilton is real. Then again, only Dr. Seuss or the Disney people could concoct a player who could go from first to third on a dribbler back to the pitcher, or score from third on a grounder to the third baseman, or wait for somebody to make a catch in the shallowest part of right field before tagging and sliding safely into home.
4/30/2014 | After first month, it's anyone's game
This is what competitive balance looks like: On Wednesday morning, 26 of 30 teams are within three games of a postseason berth. The Yankees and Red Sox are in the mix, but so are the Marlins and Padres. Only seven teams are more than two games below .500.
4/30/2014 | Vazquez named MLBPA international special assistant
Javier Vazquez, who was very active with the players' union during his 14-year MLB career, was named Major League Baseball Players Association international special assistant on Wednesday.
4/30/2014 | MLB Notebook: Marlins' Fernandez an ace at 21
Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez tossed eight scoreless innings vs. the Braves on Tuesday, making him just the fourth pitcher in their age-21 season to enter May with at least four victories and an ERA below 1.60.
4/30/2014 | Changing spots: Players work on defensive transitions
Change is rarely easy, even if you're among the best in the world at what you do. But if changing positions in the field means prolonging, and perhaps even improving, your career and helping your team, then change is what you do. Exhibit A for the 2014 Major League season: Joe Mauer.
4/30/2014 | Experts take early stab at Top 10 Draft picks
MLBPipeline's First-Year Player Draft experts, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, took their first shot at projecting the first 10 picks back in December. Now that the Top Draft Prospects list has been expanded from 50 to 100, they're back to update their educated guesses.
4/30/2014 | Showering you with stats at the end of April
From great early showings by Jose Abreu and Troy Tulowitzki to rough first months by Prince Fielder and the Twins' starting rotation, there are a lot of interesting numbers to digest as April comes to an end.
4/30/2014 | Today's MLB starting lineups: April 30
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
4/30/2014 | K-Rod becomes closer, and rest is history
Not only did Francisco Rodriguez return to the Brewers this season, finally signing a one-year, $3.25 million contract in the first week of February, but much to the surprise of everybody, including himself, Rodriguez emerged as the closer on Opening Day.
4/30/2014 | Petit steps up for Giants after Cain is cut out
The Giants called on Yusmeiro Petit after Matt Cain cut himself in the clubhouse kitchen pregame, and Petit answered by holding the Padres scoreless on three hits in six innings of a 6-0 win on Tuesday night in San Francisco.
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