6/20/2014 | Headley gets epidural to alleviate back pain
Chase Headley has been bothered by a sore back, but manager Bud Black indicated that he didn't think the third baseman would need a stint on the disabled list,
6/20/2014 | Alonso admits he played in pain for a while
First baseman Yonder Alonso spoke to the media for the first time Friday after landing the disabled list with right hand tendinitis.
6/20/2014 | D-backs, top Draft pick Toussaint agree to deal
The D-backs on Friday announced they had reached agreement on a deal with right-hander Touki Toussaint, their No. 1 pick from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
6/20/2014 | Thornhill blanks Vanderbilt to lead Texas to victory
Texas senior right-hander Nathan Thornhill worked eight shutout innings against Vanderbilt at the College World Series on Friday afternoon, earning a 4-0 victory that sets up a Saturday rematch to determine who will advance to the championship series.
6/20/2014 | Braves down Nats in 13th to retake top spot in NL East
After Craig Kimbrel blew a rare lead in the ninth, Evan Gattis knocked in the go-ahead run in the 13th and the Braves went on to hold off the Nats, 6-4, on Friday at Nationals Park.
6/20/2014 | Cards' third-round pick Megill elects not to sign
Trevor Megill, a third-round pick by the Cardinals in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, has informed the organization that he intends to return to Loyola Marymount University in California for his senior season instead of signing with St. Louis, general manager John Mozeliak said on Friday.
6/20/2014 | Replay confirms Ozuna's game-saving throws
Marcell Ozuna's throwing arm saved the Marlins in their 3-2 win over the Mets on Friday night, but it was catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's footwork that created some late confusion. In a frantic finish, Ozuna threw strikes to the plate in the eighth and ninth innings, thwarting New York's chances at scoring the tying run. In both instances, the umpires reviewed the call to see if Saltalamacchia had blocked the plate.
6/20/2014 | Sale not buying into Kershaw comparisons
Comparisons to Clayton Kershaw certainly are appreciated, but left-hander Chris Sale knows the White Sox clubhouse will keep him honest if he starts to believe too much of the hype.
6/20/2014 | Roberts records career hit No. 1,500
Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts connected on a single to right field for his 1,500th career hit in the second inning against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
6/20/2014 | Brewers hope Coors Field will ignite scuffling Reynolds
With Mark Reynolds rooted in a lengthy slump and Lyle Overbay making his second straight start on Friday, it's natural to speculate that the veteran may be gaining the upper hand in the Brewers' first base platoon. Manager Ron Roenicke is here to remind everyone that isn't the case.
6/20/2014 | Price retires Astros' Carter for 1,000th strikeout
Tampa Bay ace David Price recorded his 1,000th career strikeout on Friday night against the Astros. He ran a 94-mph fastball over the inside corner past Chris Carter in the second inning to reach the milestone.
6/20/2014 | Pirates need pitching to key turnaround
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is optimistic his club will improve, but the only way it can is if the starting pitching gets on track.
6/20/2014 | Gordon returns to KC lineup after brief illness
One day after missing his first game of the season because of flu, left fielder Alex Gordon was back in the Royals' lineup on Friday night against the Mariners.
6/20/2014 | Avila confident Tigers' signs are intricate enough
Alex Avila has had to answer plenty of questions about the Tigers' pitching struggles, from what's wrong with Justin Verlander in his latest start to the pitch selection for closer Joe Nathan in a close game. The question of whether he might be tipping pitches was a new one.
6/20/2014 | Progress continues with Lee's second bullpen session
Cliff Lee took another step toward returning to the Phillies rotation Friday when he threw a second bullpen session at Busch Stadium.
6/20/2014 | Plouffe hopeful for scheduled DL return
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe said his rib injury is feeling better, and remains hopeful he'll be ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list once he's eligible to return on June 30.
6/20/2014 | Marshall needs surgery, moved to 60-day DL
Reds left-handed reliever Sean Marshall got the news all pitchers hope to avoid. Marshall will need to have left shoulder surgery. He was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL on Friday to make room for reliever Jumbo Diaz on the 40-man roster.
6/20/2014 | Altuve evokes hitting, baserunning of Biggio
Second baseman Jose Altuve is on pace to become only the second Astros player to have at least 200 hits and 50 stolen bases in a season. Craig Biggio set the franchise record with 210 hits in 1998, the same year he stole 50 bases.
6/20/2014 | No beginner's luck: Cosart stays hot at Trop
Jarred Cosart threw eight scoreless innings, and George Springer hit a mammoth two-run homer off David Price to help lead the Astros past the Rays, 3-1, on Friday night at Tropicana Field.
6/20/2014 | Cubs power past Pirates to continue fun in sun
Starlin Castro clubbed a three-run homer as part of a five-run third inning, and Edwin Jackson delivered five solid innings before exiting with calf cramps as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 6-3, Friday afternoon before 36,423 at Wrigley Field. The win improved the Cubs to 18-13 since May 17, tops in the Naotinal League, and 11-7 in the month of June. Those 11 victories match their win total from May.
6/20/2014 | Tigers coach Vizquel to be inducted into Tribe HOF
Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel will do everything he can to help Detroit win this weekend against the Tribe, but that won't stop the division-foe Indians from honoring their former defensive wizard.
6/20/2014 | Hardy trying to regain his power stroke
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy entered Friday's game batting .289, which is good news. The bad news? Hardy, who has hit 22 or more home runs in each of the past three seasons, has yet to go deep in 2014.
6/20/2014 | Harper's thumb responds well after BP, field work
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper took live batting practice and caught fly balls for the second straight day Friday as he continues to rehab from a torn ligament in his left thumb.
6/20/2014 | Prospect Walker labors in start at Triple-A
Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker was roughed up on Thursday night at Triple-A Tacoma -- allowing seven runs (six earned) and seven hits, along with two home runs in five innings.
6/20/2014 | Wood to return from Triple-A to take Floyd's place
When the Braves sent Alex Wood to Triple-A Gwinnett last week to stretch his arm out, they did not specify how many starts he would make before rejoining Atlanta's starting rotation. Courtesy of the cruel and ugly elbow injury Gavin Floyd suffered on Thursday night, Wood will return to the Majors next week.
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