6/26/2014 | Price family provides golden touch for Goldy
Grayson Price missed the D-backs' home opener while recovering from surgery after it was discovered that he had a brain tumor. The club invited the 9-year-old and his family to the game on May 17, and they got to meet Paul Goldschmidt, who asked Grayson and his brother to rub his bat for good luck. The slugger went on to hit two homers that night.
6/26/2014 | Altuve not short on talent, desire to be great player
David Price asked Jose Altuve for an autographed baseball a few weeks ago, and if that doesn't sound like a big deal to you, it might be because you haven't traveled the road Jose Altuve has traveled.
6/26/2014 | Tigers tear through Texas, take win streak to seven
Not only did the Tigers complete their first series sweep of the Rangers in Texas since 2001 with Thursday's 6-0 win, they finished it off without trailing in any inning all series.
6/26/2014 | Joba clinging to lineup-card superstition
Tigers relievers don't usually have a lot to do in the early innings of games. Some of them hang out in the dugout before venturing out after an inning or two. Some go out early and goof around in the bullpen. Joba Chamberlain sticks around the dugout these days and takes out the lineup card just before first pitch.
6/26/2014 | Holland itching to go on rehab assignment
Despite his desperate desire to return to the diamond, Rangers pitcher Derek Holland still isn't quite ready to begin a medical rehab assignment.
6/26/2014 | Santana day to day with bone bruise after MRI
Shortstop Danny Santana had an MRI exam on his left knee before Thursday's game that revealed a bone bruise, and he is listed as day to day.
6/26/2014 | Maurer might have found a home in the 'pen
Though Brandon Maurer's stay with the Mariners may be brief, given he likely will be sent back down on Monday when Taijuan Walker figures to be added to fill Ramirez's rotation spot, the 23-year-old already made a new impression with his initial relief outing.
6/26/2014 | Nationals activate Ramos from DL, option Leon
The Nationals activated catcher Wilson Ramos from the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday night's game against the Cubs. To make room on the roster, backup catcher Sandy Leon was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
6/26/2014 | Dickey teaches students importance of healthy lifestyle
Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey, along with ACE -- the Blue Jays' mascot, visited Mother Teresa Elementary School on Monday. The Jays at School program focuses on keeping kids active and healthy eating, so Dickey visited the school with the intention of spreading this message to the over 400 students, who were in grades 1-8.
6/26/2014 | Rookie Polanco giving Pirates a needed lift
Gregory Polanco's promotion from Triple-A on June 10 has given the Pirates arguably the best outfield in baseball and helped the Bucs get back on track with wins in nine of their past 15 games.
6/26/2014 | Ejections are actually on the rise this season
While replay might have changed the tone of the conversation in reviewable instances, ejections are actually up from last season.
6/26/2014 | Cosart stifles Braves as Astros show pop in finale
Jarred Cosart won his fourth consecutive start Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park to earn his eighth win by throwing seven strong innings to lead the Astros to a 6-1 win over the Braves and snap a four-game losing streak. Matt Dominguez hit a three-run blast and George Springer hit his 15th homer -- the most by an Astros rookie prior the All-Star break in club history.
6/26/2014 | Freeman plays day after exit from HBP
Less than 16 hours after being hit with a pitch that forced him to exit Wednesday night's game, Freddie Freeman returned to Minute Maid Park on Thursday afternoon and preserved his goal to be in the starting lineup for every game the Braves play this season.
6/26/2014 | Duffy still earning his Majors stripes with KC
Danny Duffy is here to stay. The Royals left-hander's fine start to this season -- 10 starts, 2.69 ERA -- and his anointed status as one of the organization's top young arms makes this a given. To everyone except Duffy, that is.
6/26/2014 | White Sox designate Downs, recall Surkamp
The White Sox on Thursday designated veteran lefty Scott Downs for assignment and recalled southpaw prospect Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte.
6/26/2014 | Astros promote Veras, outright Farnsworth
The Astros on Thursday called up right-hander Jose Veras from Triple-A Oklahoma City and outrighted veteran right-hander Kyle Farnsworth off the active roster. Veras played the first half of last season with the Astros before being traded to the Tigers and then signing with the Cubs last winter.
6/26/2014 | Swanson, Vanderbilt bask in College World Series title
Vanderbilt defeated Virginia 3-2 in the final game of the College World Series and took home the title.
6/26/2014 | Futures Game filled with former Arizona Fall Leaguers
If you're a fan of the Arizona Fall League, then you've already seen the future. Ten players with ties to the Arizona Fall League were selected to play in this year's edition of the Futures Game, a contingent headlined by former first-round draftee and AFL standout Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs.
6/26/2014 | Weaver, Pujols lead charge to extend streak to six
The Angels got to a Twins starter early for the third straight game and Jered Weaver held Minnesota to one run in seven innings during a 6-4 win Thursday afternoon at Angel Stadium. Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
6/26/2014 | Pipeline preview: Sims, Manaea set to square off
Wednesday's Minor League action will be highlighted by a Class A matchup between Lynchburg right-hander Lucas Sims, the Braves' No. 1 prospect, and Wilmington left-hander Sean Manaea, the Royals' No. 4 prospect.
6/26/2014 | Pipeline Inbox: Can Toronto ink its top Draft picks?
Will the Blue Jays be able to sign Jeff Hoffman and Max Pentecost? Who will go at the top of the 2015 Draft? Jonathan Mayo responds to these questions and more in the Pipeline Inbox.
6/26/2014 | Twins Minor Leaguer Roberts on the comeback trail
Nate Roberts, who notched the second-highest batting average in Arizona Fall League history in 2012, has endured two right knee surgeries and a year-and-a-half on the sidelines, but now he's healthy again and batting .538 through his first four games for Class A Fort Myers in Minnesota's farm system.
6/26/2014 | Today's MLB starting lineups: June 26
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
6/26/2014 | Stars turn in big performances as ASG voting heats up
The voting for Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Star Game has been heating up for weeks. The action on the field in the days leading up to the July 15 Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis is only getting hotter as June winds down. A look at Wednesday's games shows that many of the leading vote getters in the latest updates are living up to their top billing, while quite a few of their closest pursuers are doing well, too.
6/26/2014 | Vanderbilt tops Virginia for first national title
When John Norwood stepped into the batter's box with one out in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, in a deadlocked game that would decide the College World Series championship, Vanderbilt hadn't hit a home run since May 16. The junior center fielder tomahawked a 97-mph fastball it to left field, giving the Commodores a 3-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish en route to the title.
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