6/27/2014 | Williams successful in challenge to end inning
Nationals manager Matt Williams won a challenge on a close play at first base with two outs in the fifth inning Friday at Wrigley Field.
6/27/2014 | Belt making progress in rehab
Manager Bruce Bochy had a chance to talk with Brandon Belt after Belt's first rehab start and liked what he heard. Belt, who broke his left wrist on May 9, served as the designated hitter on Thursday and went 1-for-3.
6/27/2014 | One streak ends, one continues for Bruce
A 2-for-4, two-RBI game helped give the Reds a 6-2 win over the Giants and extended Bruce's hitting streak to a season-high eight games. The bad news? Both hits were singles, so his seven-game streak with an extra-base hit came to end.
6/27/2014 | Votto's day off leads to revised battery
The need to give Joey Votto a day off on Friday meant that Bryan Price had to also adjust his battery. Backup catcher Brayan Pena, who usually works with ace Johnny Cueto, started at first base, and Devin Mesoraco was behind the plate.
6/27/2014 | Hamilton reflects on missed scoring chance
In the sixth inning on Thursday, Billy Hamilton tried something that had worked for him earlier this season -- tagging up from third base to score on a pop fly near second base.But this time Giants second baseman Joe Panik threw out Hamilton at the plate for an inning-ending double play.
6/27/2014 | Lee throws in simulated game, feels good
Phillies ace Cliff Lee made 40 pitches over two innings in a simulated game at Citizens Bank Park on Friday afternoon, the left-hander's first action against hitters since going on the 15-day disabled list nearly six weeks ago.
6/27/2014 | Freeman drives in four to lead Braves over Phils
The Braves knew their best opportunity to score against opposing pitcher Kyle Kendrick would come in the first inning, and they took advantage in their 4-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park.
6/27/2014 | Infante's slam powers Royals in seven-run frame
Omar Infante belted his first career grand slam to cap a seven-run third inning for the Royals in an 8-6 win over the Angels on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
6/27/2014 | Pops, Big Papi similar in talent, personality
As we watch David "Big Papi" Ortiz launch moon shots and drive his Red Sox to World Series championships with the power of a personality as big as his formidable body and talent, the image of Stargell, in another time and place, comes sharply into focus.
6/27/2014 | Williams: Desmond, Werth not overworked
Ian Desmond has played in 77 of Washington's 78 games entering Friday -- his only game off came June 5 -- but manager Matt Williams isn't concerned about his shortstop's heavy workload. Joining Desmond in the iron man competition is outfielder Jayson Werth, who's played in 76 games.
6/27/2014 | Twins in full-scale planning mode for All-Star Game
When the Twins last hosted the All-Star Game in 1985, there were just three events associated with the Midsummer Classic. But nearly 30 years later, it has grown into a weeklong event that features several marquee events for which the organization needs to prepare.
6/27/2014 | Manny debuts for Iowa, reaching out to youth
Manny Ramirez made his Triple-A Iowa Cubs debut on Thursday in Colorado Springs, starting in left field and going 0-for-4 in a 7-6 loss. But Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein didn't sign Ramirez to play. Epstein is hoping the players take advantage of the 42-year-old's expertise and experience.
6/27/2014 | Mariners activate Saunders, option Montero
The Mariners on Friday activated Michael Saunders, who had been on the DL since June 11 with right AC joint inflammation, and optioned Jesus Montero to Triple-A.
6/27/2014 | O's win challenge on safe call at first base
The Orioles got their second out of the seventh inning on an overturned play at first base in a 5-2 loss to the Rays in Game 1 of their doubleheader on Friday.
6/27/2014 | Reds sign Cuban pitcher Iglesias to seven-year deal
The Reds again have gone big on a Cuban pitcher, signing right-hander Raisel Iglesias to a seven-year, $30 million contract through the 2020 season on Friday.
6/27/2014 | Lake 'feeling good' after scary collision with wall
Fortunately for Junior Lake, he was able to laugh about his head-on collision with the outfield wall. "I went too fast into the wall," Lake said Friday of his crash into the metal door in the second inning of Thursday night's 5-3 win over the Nationals. "When I looked again, I was too close to the wall, and when I dove, I hit the door. That's crazy. But I'm feeling good."
6/27/2014 | Twins place Santana on DL, recall righty Pino
Twins shortstop Danny Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after an MRI revealed that he has a bruised bone in his left knee from running the bases Thursday in Anaheim.
6/27/2014 | Bundy tosses five scoreless in third rehab start
Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy made his third rehabilitation start Friday with short-season Class A Aberdeen. He pitched five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, walking a pair and posting seven strikeouts.
6/27/2014 | Votebook: NL outfielders difficult to narrow down
Balloting continues for Major League Baseball's 85th All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field in Minnesota, and fans can cast their votes using the 2014 All-Star Game Ballot Sponsored by Experian. Deciding who should get voted into the starting lineup can be challenging. Today, Phil Rogers and Richard Justice discuss National League outfielders.
6/27/2014 | Cubs buck trend, present strong All-Star candidates
Chicago has seen plenty of players -- and All-Stars -- come and go over the last five years, but this season, the Cubs have multiple players on the hill and at the plate who could conceivably book a spot on the National League roster in Minnesota.
6/27/2014 | Aroldis has courage to match his otherworldly fastball
After suffering a horrific injury on a line drive back through the box in Spring Training, Aroldis Chapman has come back better than ever.
6/27/2014 | Escobar rests Game 1, available for nightcap
Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar wasn't available for Game 1 of Friday's split doubleheader against the Orioles and was out of the starting lineup for Game 2, but he was available as a pinch-hitter.
6/27/2014 | Rays back Colome's solid outing in Game 1
Alex Colome came to pitch in front of 15,614 at Camden Yards as the 26th man and fit right it with a Tampa Bay pitching staff that has been rolling lately. In his first start of the season, the rookie tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to help the Rays take Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader over the O's, 5-2, on Friday afternoon.
6/27/2014 | Norris goes on DL with groin strain; Meek called up
The Orioles made a series of roster moves to shore up their pitching staff before Friday's doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards, placing Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list and recalling Evan Meek from Norfolk.
6/27/2014 | Giants fans star in latest round of 'Bucks on the Pond'
It's been a vintage season for California natives Hugo Castanon and Katherine Valenzuela, complete with their starring role in the latest episode of the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond," powered by Ford.
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