8/30/2013 | Rockies rest Cuddyer in opener vs. Reds
Manager Walt Weiss sat outfielder Michael Cuddyer for the first of a three-game series against the Reds on Friday. Weiss also said Friday that center fielder Dexter Fowler remained a few days away from returning to the lineup.
8/30/2013 | Ohlendorf officially tabbed to start Sunday night
Manager Davey Johnson announced Friday that Ross Ohlendorf will start Sunday's series finale against the Mets. However, Johnson also said that he would like to see long reliever Tanner Roark start a game before the season is over.
8/30/2013 | Nationals contemplating September callups
Manager Davey Johnson did not reveal which Minor League players will join the team when rosters expand on Sunday, but he did give some clues. Johnson said Friday that the team will call up three pitchers and four or five position players.
8/30/2013 | Inbox: Will hot streak change plans for 2014?
If the White Sox continue their winning ways through the end of season, how much does that change their approach to 2014? Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers that question and more in the latest edition of his Inbox.
8/30/2013 | Big series features MVP candidates Yadi, McCutchen
While there is a month before members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will mail in their votes for the National League's 2013 Most Valuable Player, this weekend series in Pittsburgh features two of the top candidates: Yadier Molina and Andrew McCutchen.
8/30/2013 | Pagan makes difference in first game back
Angel Pagan rejoined the Giants two days ahead of schedule on Friday, scoring the only run in a Giants victory after a leadoff double.
8/30/2013 | D-backs look to get back on track behind Cahill
The D-backs hope to get back in the win column and make up ground in the Wild Card race behind Trevor Cahill. The Giants look to clinch the series with Ryan Vogelsong on the hill. Both right-handers have been on a roll of late.
8/30/2013 | Pulse of the Postseason: Aug. 31, 2013
There's a feeling in the ballpark when a home team is in the postseason hunt. It's a feeling that has been experienced before in Pittsburgh in the past, just not quite like this, and not with this backdrop. Starting in Pittsburgh and ranging from Boston to the Bronx and Oakland to L.A., games that mattered were all over the place.
8/30/2013 | Willingham staying put, pulled off waivers
Josh Willingham is still a member of the Twins. The left fielder was pulled back off waivers by the Twins, as the club was unable to work out a deal with the Orioles before Friday's deadline.
8/30/2013 | Fernandez sets Marlins franchise rookie record
The record came in a bittersweet first inning on Friday night for Jose Fernandez, but the big picture puts the achievement in perspective. With an 81-mph curveball, Fernandez struck out Chris Johnson swinging to establish a Marlins rookie strikeout record.
8/30/2013 | Pagan sparks Lincecum, Giants in victorious return
Angel Pagan doubled in his return from an 84-game disabled-list stint and Tim Lincecum threw six scoreless innings thanks to a key defensive play by Pablo Sandoval in the Giants' series-opening 1-0 win over the D-backs on Friday.
8/30/2013 | Kelly to start Sunday's series finale on regular rest
The Cardinals and Pirates have settled on starters for Sunday's series finale, with Joe Kelly getting the nod for St. Louis and Kris Johnson set to be called up from Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate.
8/30/2013 | Club yet to select which rookie will start Tuesday
A trio of rookie starting pitchers -- Michael Wacha, Tyler Lyons and Carlos Martinez -- are slated to rejoin the big league club Tuesday, the day after the Minor League regular season ends. Which of the three will start for the Cardinals that day is yet to be determined.
8/30/2013 | Former Halos prospect Segura proving worth on Crew
Hindsight has done a number on the Angels with regard to their July 27, 2012, trade with the Brewers, which saw them send shortstop Jean Segura and pitchers Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee for Zack Greinke.
8/30/2013 | Williams hopes to keep Angels rolling on road trip
With their pitchers riding a 22-inning scoreless streak, the Angels tab veteran Jerome Williams on Saturday at Miller Park. The Brewers will try to even the series behind Marco Estrada, who has been solid since returning from the DL.
8/30/2013 | Avilan unable to sustain sensational stretch
As Braves left-handed reliever Luis Avilan proved to be nearly flawless over a three-month stretch, he continued to realize he was in a role that would inevitably humble him.
8/30/2013 | Now in Boston, Peavy reflects on time in Chicago
Jake Peavy is more than happy where he's at presently, but he's still left to think about what might have been for the White Sox if the team's miserable start had changed even just a little.
8/30/2013 | Catcher Blanco doubles up phenom Walker in age
Mariners catcher Henry Blanco turned 42 on Thursday, which made for perfect timing when it came to working with rookie Taijuan Walker in his Major League debut on Friday. The veteran backstop is exactly twice as old as Walker, who turned 21 two weeks ago.
8/30/2013 | Franklin works through struggles at plate
After a strong first month in the Majors, Mariners rookie second baseman Nick Franklin has endured his share of struggles. Franklin acknowledged the learning curve hasn't been easy. He carried a .227 batting average into Friday's game with the Astros, a big drop from his initial month.
8/30/2013 | Ventura waiting for September to talk callups
Manager Robin Ventura knows how many players the White Sox will be calling up from the Minors when rosters expand on Sunday. Until then, Ventura will keep that information on a need-to-know basis.
8/30/2013 | Phegley knows the value of a power source
After knocking out 15 homers and 18 doubles during his 231 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte, Josh Phegley has followed with five doubles and four homers over 136 at-bats with the White Sox.
8/30/2013 | Cutch's vision of contending Bucs has come to fruition
This is what Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen had signed up for -- quite literally. The calendar flipping from August to September, electricity crackling through PNC Park, pennant fever breaking out in the city.
8/30/2013 | Dietrich among Marlins prospects to play in AFL
The Marlins have yet to announce whether Derek Dietrich will be part of their September callup group, but the 24-year-old second baseman already is committed to playing fall ball. Dietrich is one of seven Miami prospects slated to play for Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.
8/30/2013 | Rookie reliever Ramos racking up strikeouts
Another hard-throwing Marlins right-hander ranks among the rookie leaders in strikeouts. A.J. Ramos has fanned 73 batters, which is tied for the second most of any MLB rookie reliever.
8/30/2013 | Webb recovering from being struck by foul ball
Marlins reliever Ryan Webb is fine after receiving a scare on Thursday during batting practice at Washington. In a fluke incident, Webb was struck on the back, in his spine, by a liner off the bat of Nationals veteran Scott Hairston.
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