9/14/2013 | Archer carrying Rays' reliable rookie mantle
Having reliable rookie starters is nothing new for the Rays, and Chris Archer is continuing the trend. He notched his ninth victory on Friday in Tampa Bay's 3-0 victory over the Twins.
9/14/2013 | Maddon believes tough stretch will prepare Rays
Instead of a woe-is-me attitude with regard to the Rays' tough schedule down the stretch -- which includes 11 of 15 games with fellow playoff contenders -- Rays manager Joe Maddon is embracing the challenge.
9/14/2013 | Cubs' infield saving plenty of runs this season
The Cubs' Darwin Barney leads all National League second basemen in fielding percentage entering Saturday, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo is first in several defensive stats as well. Both are in contention for Gold Glove Awards.
9/14/2013 | Kendrick feels good after strong return from DL
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Howie Kendrick returned to the lineup Friday that some players need some time to get back in the swing of things, while others never miss a beat. Mark down Kendrick for the latter.
9/14/2013 | Scioscia balances playing time for LA backstops
Making sure catchers get enough rest over the grind of a 162-game season can be a challenge for any manager, but Angels skipper Mike Scioscia played 13 big league seasons behind the plate and perhaps has a better understanding of that than anyone.
9/14/2013 | D-backs hope Putz can end season on high note
D-backs veteran relief pitcher J.J. Putz threw his second simulated game in three days Saturday and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Sunday.
9/14/2013 | Reynolds may face Tommy John surgery
After experiencing a setback in his return from a strained elbow ligament, D-backs reliever Matt Reynolds may not be able to avoid Tommy John surgery after all.
9/14/2013 | Paid up: Irish's Pollock dons Michigan jersey
Notre Dame alum A.J. Pollock was sporting a Michigan jersey during batting practice before the D-backs' matchup with the Rockies on Saturday, a result of losing last week's wager with former Wolverine J.J. Putz.
9/14/2013 | Francona not surprised by Red Sox turnaround
Tribe manager Terry Francona -- who managed the Boston Red Sox from 2004-11 and won two World Series championships with the club -- said he's very impressed, but not surprised at, the team's success this season
9/14/2013 | Pirates to keep giving Grilli chances to find form
The Pirates will continue to try and get reliever Jason Grilli back on track. The right-hander allowed a go-ahead homer in Friday's loss to the Cubs.
9/14/2013 | Magic number at four as Medlen stifles Padres
Kris Medlen scattered four hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Braves drew even in their weekend series with the Padres, notching a 2-1 win Saturday night. Freddie Freeman's 3-for-3 night helped lower the Braves' magic number for clinching the National League East to four as the second-place Nationals lost to the Phillies.
9/14/2013 | Francisco takes liner off pinkie, suffers contusion
Mets reliever Frank Francisco left Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader in pain, after taking a Logan Morrison comebacker off his right pinkie finger. It was Francisco's fourth appearance since making his long-awaited season debut earlier this month.
9/14/2013 | Floyd moving forward in rehab as free agency looms
White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd, who is a free agent after this season, continues to make progress in his rehab from season-ending surgery. He remains hopeful that he'll return to the South Side next season.
9/14/2013 | Leesman getting accustomed to relief role
Developing the mentality to come out of the bullpen, which could allow Charles Leesman to make the White Sox roster in '14, has been a work in progress for the career starter at the Minor League level.
9/14/2013 | Slumping Dunn gets mental break
Mired in a 9-for-84 slump over his last 23 games and a 2-for-30 drought over his last nine, White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn got the night off Saturday
9/14/2013 | Dozier's range of abilities land him in two-spot
After being shifted from the Twins' leadoff hitter to the club's No. 3 hitter on Sept. 1, Brian Dozier moved into the two-hole against the Rays on Saturday night at Target Field.
9/14/2013 | Gardy evaluating Presley's defensive prowess
Alex Presley has taken over as the everyday center fielder since the Twins acquired him in the trade that sent Justin Morneau to the Pirates, which has given manager Ron Gardenhire the chance to evaluate his defensive skills.
9/14/2013 | Pirates hope to get Marte at-bats in game soon
Starling Marte continues to inch his way back toward returning to the Pirates' starting lineup.
9/14/2013 | Barring setback, Strasburg to throw bullpen Monday
After missing his scheduled start Friday night with right forearm tightness, Stephen Strasburg did not throw before Saturday's game against the Phillies.
9/14/2013 | Detwiler could pitch out of bullpen this season
Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game against the Phillies and manager Davey Johnson believes he has a chance to pitch again this season.
9/14/2013 | Beleaguered bullpen finishing on a strong note
It has been a tough season for the Phillies' bullpen, despite the fact that it entered Saturday with the third-fewest innings pitched in the Majors.
9/14/2013 | Astros set to welcome fans at gates before series finale
At approximately 12:15 p.m. CT on Sunday, Astros players will venture to an area they're not accustomed to: the entrance gates. Players will be on hand to greet fans as they enter Minute Maid Park a little less than an hour before first pitch of the finale with the Angels.
9/14/2013 | Royals' notable streak against Verlander ends
When the Tigers' Justin Verlander beat the Royals on Friday night, he ended his second-longest winless streak against any club -- five straight starts, all this year.
9/14/2013 | Salazar working to minimize pitches
Indians starter Danny Salazar is averaging 12 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, but the rookie flamethrower isn't necessarily trying to strike out opposing hitters.
9/14/2013 | Bullpen management difficult with expanded rosters
Indians manager Terry Francona used his bullpen freely during Friday's win, but he knows September's expanded rosters eliminate the ability to get the late-inning matchups he prefers.
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