5/17/2012 | Karstens ready to take next step toward return
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said before Thursday's game with the Nationals that pitcher Jeff Karstens was doing well after throwing Wednesday.
5/17/2012 | Even while ill, Mets' Wright remains red hot
Battling flu-like symptoms and a tough Reds bullpen, David Wright stepped up to the plate in the eighth inning Thursday in a 4-4 game and delivered his sixth game-winning RBI, which is tied for most in the Major Leagues.
5/17/2012 | Stanton in lineup despite hurting shoulder
Giancarlo Stanton's left shoulder was wrapped in ice after Wednesday's game, and the Marlins right fielder wasn't feeling all that good despite his heroics in the 8-4 victory over the Braves. Stanton, though, was in the lineup Thursday night.
5/17/2012 | Marlins remain hopeful for 2015 All-Star Game
With Major League Baseball announcing on Thursday that Citi Field will be the site of the 2013 All-Star Game, Marlins Park could be moving closer to landing the Midsummer Classic as early as 2015.
5/17/2012 | McClellan concerned about ailing elbow
Kyle McClellan has been keeping quiet about some soreness in his right elbow for the past couple of weeks. On Thursday, he knew he couldn't keep going.
5/17/2012 | First MLB Brazilian, Gomes 2-for-3 in debut
Yan Gomes made his Major League debut in Thursday night's 4-1 win over the Yankees after being promoted earlier in the day from Triple-A Las Vegas. It was a dream come true for the 24-year-old Gomes, who became the first Brazilian to ever appear in a big league game.
5/17/2012 | Utley clears another hurdle in long road back
Chase Utley sounded encouraged Thursday evening at Wrigley Field, although that does not mean he will be back in the Phillies' lineup in the next couple of weeks. He still has steps to take.
5/17/2012 | Vlad appears to be on fast track to Blue Jays
Vladimir Guerrero has been in extended spring training for only three days, but he has already made a strong impression with the organization, according to manager John Farrell.
5/17/2012 | Towers mulling over changes to D-backs
With his team struggling in the win column, general manager Kevin Towers decided to make an unplanned visit to the D-backs' game on Thursday. Towers arrived just before batting practice and planned on flying with the team to Kansas City and holding a meeting in his hotel suite on Thursday night.
5/17/2012 | Game to Remember: Cesar Cedeno
Cesar Cedeno was at the peak of his career in '72 when he became the first Astros player to hit for the cycle, and four years later he did it again - getting a single, double, triple and home run in the same game. He's still the only Astros player to hit for the cycle twice.
5/17/2012 | Jurrjens not as shaky as Minors stats indicate
It's fitting that Jair Jurrjens' rough outing for the Gwinnett Braves on Wednesday night took place in Buffalo, as his pitching line buffaloed manager Fredi Gonzalez and anyone who read the morning box score.
5/17/2012 | Samardzija pumped for Windy City Series
Jeff Samardzija couldn't hide his excitement about pitching on Friday against the White Sox at Wrigley Field.
5/17/2012 | Girardi confident Yankees will turn on power
Derek Jeter was not supposed to be one of New York's biggest sources of power this season, yet, entering Thursday's finale in Toronto, his .936 OPS was tops on the Yankees.
5/17/2012 | Astros' Mills praises Lee's mighty swing
Astros manager Brad Mills has watched outfielder Carlos Lee for more than two seasons, but he said before Thursday's game that he has never seen Lee more in control of his swing.
5/17/2012 | Brewers' Braun not concerned with plunkings
Ryan Braun said he isn't reading into the number of times he's been hit with a pitch this season. The Brewers right fielder has been hit five times this season, already equaling his total for all of last season.
5/17/2012 | Rhymes feels fine, out of Thursday's lineup
Will Rhymes felt fine on Thursday, but he won't likely see action against the Red Sox on Thursday night, a day after fainting in the eighth inning of the Rays' 2-1 win.
5/17/2012 | Blue Jays power up to take two from Yanks
For the second consecutive game, Jose Bautista and J.P. Arencibia came through with a pair of homers to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 victory on Thursday night in front of 31,266 fans.
5/17/2012 | McLovin' it! McDonald, McCutchen lead Bucs
Starting pitcher James McDonald carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with 11 strikeouts, while Andrew McCutchen banged out two homers and Rod Barajas added another as the Pirates scored a 5-3 victory over Washington on Thursday night at Nationals Park.
5/17/2012 | Dodgers stick with Gordon at leadoff, for now
Dee Gordon has been struggling at the plate, but the Dodgers are preaching patience with their young shortstop, though they may move him down from the leadoff spot.
5/17/2012 | Brewers' Gomez plays second rehab game
Carlos Gomez got another start in center field for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, batted second in the order, and had a similar night on Thursday as he did on Wednesday, with minimal action in the field and an 0-for-3 night at the plate.
5/17/2012 | Padres claim Stults off waivers from White Sox
The Padres claimed Eric Stults off waivers from the White Sox on Thursday. Stults is expected to join the team on Friday, and the Padres will make a corresponding move to put him on the roster.
5/17/2012 | Papelbon takes center stage in reunion with Sox
While Friday will mark the beginning of Interleague Play for the Red Sox and Phillies, it'll also be the first time Boston has faced Jonathan Papelbon since he signed with Philadelphia in the offseason.
5/17/2012 | Jones, O's feeling powerful heading into Nats series
If Adam Jones can continue his power surge on Friday against the Nationals, there's no reason why Baltimore shouldn't be optimistic as it opens Interleague Play against its geographical rival. Jake Arrieta goes for the O's against the Nats' Edwin Jackson.
5/17/2012 | Vet Millwood faces rookie White in Interleague Play
Former Rockie Kevin Millwood will oppose rookie Alex White of the Rockies when the Mariners visit Coors Field to open Interleague Play on Friday.
5/17/2012 | Mets, Blue Jays open set with key pieces missing
The Mets have been without several of their everyday players all season due to various injuries. The Blue Jays are about to understand the feeling, spending at least one weekend without their everyday corner infielders.
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