7/19/2013 | Cuban prospect Urrutia joins O's as promised
Henry Urrutia, who worked out with the Orioles in Texas on Thursday, officially had his contract selected by Baltimore prior to Friday's series opener against the Rangers, and the 26-year-old is expected to get his first start Saturday.
7/19/2013 | Vogelsong to test hand against live hitters in BP
The Giants have a flexible pitching schedule in mind for right-hander Ryan Vogelsong that would enable him to rejoin the starting rotation by mid-August.
7/19/2013 | Arias needs more time to return from appendicitis
Utility infielder Joaquin Arias likely will need to spend two or three additional days on the disabled list beyond the earliest possible date for his reinstatement, which is next Tuesday.
7/19/2013 | Jaso's experience is invaluable to A's young staff
Nothing is more essential to a team's success than the bond between pitchers and catchers. It has been a relatively seamless transition for backstop John Jaso in his first season with the A's following a winter deal with the Mariners.
7/19/2013 | Derby champ Cespedes scratched with sore left wrist
Yoenis Cespedes, winner of the Chevrolet Home Run Derby on Monday night in New York, was a late scratch from the A's lineup on Friday night at Angel Stadium with soreness in his left wrist.
7/19/2013 | First-place A's are fine working from the shadows
While the club was disappointed with only two All-Star Game selections, the first-place A's have grown accustomed to the relative anonymity of the Bay Area with the reigning World Series champion Giants as their neighbors.
7/19/2013 | Lake makes Major League debut for Cubs
Junior Lake, 23, an outfielder/third baseman rated the Cubs' No. 9 prospect by MLB.com, made his big league debut Friday in the series opener against the Rockies at Coors Field, tallying a double in his first at-bat.
7/19/2013 | Coming off break, Cubs closing in on .500
It has been a slow climb, but as they return from the All-Star Break, the Cubs are within sight of the .500 mark after opening the season 18-30.
7/19/2013 | Top Draft pick wins Golden Spikes Award
Kris Bryant, selected second overall in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, won the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on Friday as the nation's best amateur player.
7/19/2013 | Pudge reminisces before induction into Rangers HOF
Ivan Rodriguez always knew how to dazzle a crowd during his 13 seasons with the Rangers. The 2013 Rangers Hall of Fame inductee picked up right where he left off Friday during the Rangers Hall of Fame luncheon.
7/19/2013 | Mauer's magic caps Twins' comeback win
A late offensive surge paired with an All-Star effort spelled victory for the Twins as they upended the Indians, 3-2, Friday night at Target Field. Joe Mauer knocked the winning hit, a one-run single in the eighth.
7/19/2013 | Phils trying to find a way to get by without Revere
Losing Ben Revere has really put the Phillies in a bind. Revere, who broke a bone in his right foot right before the All-Star break, had been one of Philadelphia's hottest hitters in both June and July, and as the team's leadoff hitter and best defender in center field, he's also been one of the team's most difficult players to replace.
7/19/2013 | Manuel deals with travel issues on way to New York
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel is thrilled to be back in the dugout. But if the entire truth must be told, he's really happy that he's no longer on a plane or at the airport. Manuel said Friday that he had to undergo quite an odyssey to rejoin his team after the All-Star break.
7/19/2013 | Halladay, Howard making progress with rehab
The Phillies came out of the All-Star break with several players on the disabled list, and head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan spent Friday briefing the media on their respective conditions.
7/19/2013 | Top pitching prospect Zimmer joins Naturals
The Royals have rewarded No. 2 prospect Kyle Zimmer for his recent turnaround, as the club promoted him to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday. Zimmer is scheduled to make his debut with the Naturals on Saturday.
7/19/2013 | Hanson could return on Tuesday
After throwing 59 pitches in 3 1/3 innings during a Minor League rehab assignment on Thursday, it appears right-hander Tommy Hanson is close to rejoining the Angels' rotation.
7/19/2013 | Angels start second half with 'sense of urgency'
The Angels begin the second half five games under .500 and 11 games out of first place in the American League West, leaving little room for error as the club tries to catch Texas and Oakland.
7/19/2013 | Pujols' foot is still ailing despite All-Star break
While Albert Pujols enjoyed spending time with his family over the All-Star break, the four days without a baseball game did not offer any significant improvement to his ailing left foot.
7/19/2013 | Padres focus on bouncing back, curbing Cards' offense
The two teams will continue a three-game series on Saturday, with the Padres trying to find a way to slow down the Cardinals' offense with men on base. Edinson Volquez starts for San Diego, while Lance Lynn takes the hill for St. Louis.
7/19/2013 | Peavy, Lindstrom want to stay, but aware of rumors
The White Sox seem to have a common theme running through the clubhouse where handling trade rumors are concerned. Both starter Jake Peavy and reliever Matt Lindstrom are aware they might be dealt, but both hope to remain on the South Side.
7/19/2013 | Crain making strides toward return
White Sox reliever Jesse Crain played catch at about 70 to 80 feet Friday afternoon and saw signs of improvement from a shoulder strain that put him on the disabled list retroactive to June 30.
7/19/2013 | Walker has fond memories of coaching Sox hitters
For the first time in his 11 seasons as a hitting coach, Greg Walker got a look at the visitors' clubhouse during the Braves' optional workout on Thursday. He was the White Sox hitting coach during some of the franchise's most productive seasons with the bat, including the 2005 World Series title run, and quite possibly stands as one of the most underappreciated figures in Chicago sports lore.
7/19/2013 | All-Star break chance for White Sox to start anew
White Sox manager Robin Ventura looked at the All-Star break as a way to put the team's dismal first half as a distant memory. "You know when you have that many days off in a row, you can kind of cleanse yourself of whatever the bad things that have happened," Ventura said. "You just start over again."
7/19/2013 | O's designate Dickerson, trying to work out trade
The Orioles designated Chris Dickerson for assignment prior to Friday's game against Texas, clearing a 40-man-roster spot for the promoted Henry Urrutia, and they are trying to work out a trade involving the 31-year-old outfielder.
7/19/2013 | Victorino exits vs. Yanks with ailing hamstring
Even after four days of rest provided by the All-Star break, Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino continues to experience difficulty with his left hamstring.
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