6/17/2013 | Wood to be clean shaven for first MLB start
Alex Wood appeared calm on the eve of his first Major League start, which will be in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets. With the benefit of six relief appearances in the Majors already under his belt, Wood has been able to adjust to the bright lights at a comfortable pace.
6/17/2013 | Eluded by saves, Marmol will no longer close
You will no longer see Carlos Marmol closing for the Cubs. Manager Dale Sveum said Marmol, who blew a three-run lead in the ninth Sunday against the Mets, would be back in his role as a late-inning reliever.
6/17/2013 | Rockies announcing plan for Oswalt Tuesday
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said the club will announce Tuesday their plan with veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt, who dazzled Friday in what figures to be his final start at Double-A Tulsa.
6/17/2013 | Orioles to recall Britton for Tuesday start in Detroit
The Orioles will recall left-hander Zach Britton to start Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, as righty Jason Hammel continues to work back from a stomach virus.
6/17/2013 | Tigers find themselves riding closer carousel
If the Tigers' closer situation is starting to feel like a soap opera to you, manager Jim Leyland can relate. When Leyland was asked Monday afternoon how he would handle the ninth inning, he made the analogy. "This is 'Days of Our Lives,' boys," Leyland said.
6/17/2013 | Four homers back Leake as Reds win series opener
Mike Leake continued his strong pitching and was supported by home runs from Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in a 4-1 victory over the Pirates on Monday at Great American Ball Park.
6/17/2013 | Batting practice session big hit with KC dads
If you think the fathers of Royals players are happy about having their sons playing in the Major Leagues, consider this: On Monday, the dads themselves took batting practice at Progressive Field with Hall of Famer George Brett throwing the pitches.
6/17/2013 | Royals starters going deep offers relief to 'pen
James Shields was working on adding to it on Monday night against the Indians, but when right-hander Wade Davis went six innings on Sunday against Tampa Bay, the Royals' pitching staff reached something of a milestone.
6/17/2013 | Tribe's Perez eyeing Friday return to bullpen
Closer Chris Perez believes he'll be ready to return to Cleveland's bullpen on Friday after just one more rehab appearance. Perez is scheduled to throw an inning for Double-A Akron on Tuesday.
6/17/2013 | Tribe playing it safe with Swisher's shoulder
For the second day in a row, Nick Swisher wasn't in the Tribe's starting lineup, as he was held out Monday with an ailing left shoulder. Cleveland hasn't ruled out placing him on the 15-day disabled list, but the club is confident Swisher will return on Friday.
6/17/2013 | Cueto OK after DL return, but time will tell
On Monday, the day after ace Johnny Cueto successfully returned again with six innings and 88 pitches in a 5-1 win over the Brewers, he appeared to have no ill effects. But it wasn't totally clear, yet.
6/17/2013 | Crain ties club mark as bullpen helps Sox halt skid
Throughout the course of this four-game wraparound series for the White Sox against the Astros, local product Jesse Crain had about 120 friends and family members come through Minute Maid Park. It wasn't until a 4-2 victory Monday night that those who are close to the reliever got to see him pitch. And Crain made it worth their while.
6/17/2013 | Wandy gets throwing in with pitching coach
Wandy Rodriguez made the trip to Cincinnati with the team this week. Before Monday's game, Rodriguez, who left a June 5 start against the Braves with left forearm tightness, was able to get some work done with pitching coach Ray Searage.
6/17/2013 | Royals' 'wild' win over Tribe nets second place
Righty James Shields logged six strong innings in a no-decision, while pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to give the Royals a 2-1 win over the Indians on Monday night at Progressive Field.
6/17/2013 | Teixeira could be headed to disabled list
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that he is leaning toward placing first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list, but a final decision has not yet been made.
6/17/2013 | Cashman not counting on Youkilis to return
Kevin Youkilis is on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season with a back ailment, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the team cannot count on his return.
6/17/2013 | Pineda making strides on rehab assignment
Right-hander Michael Pineda's next Minor League rehabilitation start will come on Thursday for Class A Advanced Tampa in Dunedin, Fla.
6/17/2013 | Tigers put Anibal, Avila on 15-day disabled list
The Tigers on Monday placed right-hander Anibal Sanchez (strained right shoulder) and catcher Alex Avila (deep bruise on his left forearm) on the 15-day disabled list.
6/17/2013 | Donnie Baseball returns to Bronx wearing Dodger blue
Don Mattingly is a Yankees icon. But he won't be wearing his old pinstripes when he returns to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday with his struggling Dodgers club.
6/17/2013 | CarGo rakes to NL Player of Week honors
Carlos Gonzalez hit three more homers last week to earn National League Player of the Week honors for the period ending June 16.
6/17/2013 | Big promotions to bigs on two-fer Tuesday
This month has already seen Yasiel Puig's dazzling debut with the Dodgers, Anthony Rendon's return to D.C., Gerrit Cole's promotion in Pittsburgh and Mike Zunino's assumption of Seattle's catching duties. On Tuesday, two particularly prominent promotions will be added: Wil Myers will bring his right-handed power bat to the Rays' lineup, and Zack Wheeler will toe the rubber for the Mets.
6/17/2013 | Sarah's Take: Losing Tulowitzki a test for Rockies
Along with the rest of the National League West, the Colorado Rockies have been hit with the injury bug. Late last week, the Rockies lost shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for four to six weeks with a broken rib.
6/17/2013 | Kipnis, Kluber share AL Player of Week honors
Indians teammates Jason Kipnis and Corey Kluber have been named American League co-Players of the Week for the period ending June 16.
6/17/2013 | Braves' Hudson withstanding the test of time
Pitcher Tim Hudson, at the age of 37, has had a long career in a game that is often punctuated by one-hit wonders, would-be stars that fizzled before they dazzled. Hudson didn't fizzle. Why?
6/17/2013 | Injured top Blue Jays prospects on the mend
Injuries forced right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna and left-hander Daniel Norris, the Blue Jays' top three prospects, onto the disabled list in the Minor Leagues in the past six weeks. Slowly, but surely, all three are beginning to return to action.
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