7/19/2013 | Rockies expect to benefit from Tulo's return
Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-10 in Los Angeles before starting in the All-Star Game. Despite lingering rib pain, he is expected to eventually perform to standards, at which point the Rockies expect to win big.
7/19/2013 | Schemmel completes 112-mile memorial bike ride
Rockies radio broadcaster Jerry Schemmel recently completed a 112-mile bike ride to honor each of the 112 people who lost their lives in the United Airlines Flight 232 crash in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19, 1989. Schemmel survived the crash and crawled back into the wreckage to save an 11-month-old baby.
7/19/2013 | Weiss acknowledges opportunity of homestand
First-year manager Walt Weiss has emphasized keeping the Rockies even-keeled, but it is hard not to look at the schedule and see the 10-game homestand that opened Friday night as an opportunity.
7/19/2013 | Should Helton retire, it could be on high note
Todd Helton has not announced whether he will retire at the end of the season, but it is the final year of his contract, his surgically repaired back and right hip are balky and he has started just 53 of the club's 96 games this season. If this is it for Helton, it could be exciting.
7/19/2013 | McCarthy set for Triple-A rehab assignment
Brandon McCarthy, who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation June 1, is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
7/19/2013 | Cahill makes progress in second throwing session
D-backs starter Trevor Cahill, who has been on the disabled list since July 1 with a right hip contusion, completed his second throwing session earlier this week, and manager Kirk Gibson said it went "much better."
7/19/2013 | D-backs mindful of Corbin's innings count
All-Star left-hander Patrick Corbin has been the ace of the D-backs' rotation with an 11-1 record and 2.35 ERA in 19 starts.
7/19/2013 | Collmenter's role in bullpen could expand
D-backs right-hander Josh Collmenter, who has worked mostly in long relief this season with a 2.55 ERA in 26 outings, might be called on in the later innings as a setup man.
7/19/2013 | Mauer grateful for All-Star experience
The All-Star break was a nice refresher for most of the Twins, but not for catcher Joe Mauer or closer Glen Perkins, who represented the club in the Midsummer Classic at Citi Field.
7/19/2013 | Astros recall Ambriz to help bolster bullpen
Astros reliever Hector Ambriz didn't have time to get used to the Minor League grind. Two weeks after being optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, the righty is back with the Astros, again swapping roster spots with left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.
7/19/2013 | Astros to recall Cosart for Tuesday start
Astros manager Bo Porter tabbed Jarred Cosart as Houston's fifth starter exiting the All-Star break and said the righty will be called up Tuesday and start against Oakland that night.
7/19/2013 | Astros happy to return home after long layoff
The Astros haven't forgotten what it was like to play at home, but one would forgive them given it's been half a month without baseball in Minute Maid Park. Friday's contest against Seattle is Houston's first home game since a Fourth of July extra-inning loss to Tampa Bay.
7/19/2013 | J. Upton back; Freeman, Heyward close to returning
Freddie Freeman's smiling face on Friday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field was exactly what Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez hoped to see. While Freeman and Jason Heyward didn't play, both could return this weekend. Justin Upton, who sprained his left calf last Friday, returned to the lineup for the opener against the White Sox.
7/19/2013 | Holliday taking BP, working back from hamstring injury
Eight days after pulling his right hamstring while running out a ground ball, Matt Holliday remained out of the Cardinals' lineup due to continued hamstring discomfort. Though he has taken batting practice in the past two days, he still felt tightness when trying to pass running tests on Friday afternoon.
7/19/2013 | Aided by break, Miller tweaks pitching approach
With the luxury of having three side sessions scheduled during a 12-day break between starts, Shelby Miller found an opportunity to work on a few specific mechanical and mental tweaks that he believes can help him regain his early-season form.
7/19/2013 | Rangers continue working to acquire Garza
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and various assistants buried themselves in their offices Friday afternoon, working on a deal to acquire pitcher Matt Garza from the Cubs.
7/19/2013 | Trade Deadline looming, Morneau, Perkins want to stay
With the All-Star Game in the rearview mirror, the July 31 Trade Deadline looms for the Twins, who are expected to be sellers after losing 12 of 15 entering the break. First baseman Justin Morneau and closer Glen Perkins are the club's two biggest trade chips.
7/19/2013 | Gardy hopes Colabello callup will provide spark
The Twins recalled infielder Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester on Friday after optioning three players before the All-Star break. Catcher Chris Herrmann was recalled on Sunday while infielder Doug Bernier had his contract purchased from Rochester on Sunday.
7/19/2013 | Berkman unlikely to return from DL when eligible
Lance Berkman, on the disabled list with a strained left hip, is eligible to return Monday, but there is no indication that will happen. Berkman has not done any baseball activities since he last played on July 6 against the Astros.
7/19/2013 | Cruz's migraine forces unusual outfield alignment
The Rangers opened the second half Friday with an outfield of Jurickson Profar in left, Craig Gentry in center and Leonys Martin in right field against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
7/19/2013 | Olt tries to ignore trade talks for second summer
For the second straight July, Triple-A infielder Mike Olt has been the subject of a number of trade rumors. Most recently, Olt has been one of the names prominently mentioned as possibly going to the Cubs in a package for pitcher Matt Garza.
7/19/2013 | Puig part of rejuvenated LA trio back in lineup
Taking advantage of the rest provided by the All-Star break, the Dodgers got three regulars back in their starting lineup for Friday night's series opener against the Nationals.
7/19/2013 | Kemp faces live pitching, eyes Sunday return
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp hit against live pitching before Friday's game against the Nationals, and said he feels ready to return on Sunday, the first day he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
7/19/2013 | Out with neck injury, Lilly throws simulated game
Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly threw a simulated game before his team's series opener against the Nationals on Friday, as he continues to come back from a neck injury.
7/19/2013 | Dodgers happy with Marmol's Minors progress
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Friday that reliever Carlos Marmol has "been throwing the ball good" at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
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