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6/20/2014 | Pirates replace Grilli with Melancon at closer

Jason Grilli was removed from his closer role by the Pirates on Friday, the day after blowing his fourth save of the season -- doubling his blown saves of 2013. Mark Melancon inherited the back end of the bullpen, with manager Clint Hurdle suggesting that lefty Tony Watson might get cracks at the 27th out.


6/20/2014 | Indians send McAllister to Triple-A, call up Pestano

Zach McAllister's return to the rotation will have to wait a little longer. On Friday, the Indians optioned McAllister to Triple-A Columbus and recalled reliever Vinnie Pestano from the affiliate.


6/20/2014 | Slugging outfielder Tomas defects from Cuba

Yasmany Tomas, a 23-year-old on Havana's Industriales, has defected. Cuban newspaper Granma confirmed the defection on Friday. He was in the Dominican Republic and exploring his options, a source told MLB.com.


6/20/2014 | Divisional games important with new playoff format

Games against division rivals are more important than ever -- especially with the new playoff format, where winning the division means avoiding the Wild Card Game.


6/20/2014 | Garcia leads newest group of international prospects

This year's Top 30 International Prospects list includes 14 players from the Dominican Republic, 13 from Venezuela, two from Colombia and one from Korea. The position breakdown is seven outfielders, 15 infielders, which includes 13 shortstops, five pitchers and three catchers.


6/20/2014 | Castillo hits single in first Minor League rehab game

Cubs catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-5, hitting a single in the sixth, in his first Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Iowa on Friday night.


6/20/2014 | MLB Notebook: Kazmir among AL's best arms

Scott Kazmir allowed two runs and fanned eight in seven innings vs. the Red Sox on Thursday. His nine wins rank third in the American League, and he leads the league in WHIP and opponents' batting average.


6/20/2014 | Short-season leagues offer first taste of pro ball

They are the lowest levels of professional baseball. But the group known collectively as the short-season leagues, which have started in the past week or are getting going today, are an extremely important part of the development process.


6/20/2014 | It's all about pitching in the College World Series

Pitching will be the focus in the College World Series today when Texas faces Vanderbilt and Mississippi faces Virginia. The best-of-three championship series begins Monday..


6/20/2014 | Is it time to covet the slugger over the ace?

With offenses continuing a downward trend with no end in sight, contenders should move their focus from power arms to power bats at the annual Trade Deadline.


6/20/2014 | Today's MLB starting lineups: June 20

Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.


6/20/2014 | Uribe begins rehab with Rancho Cucamonga

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe began an injury rehab assignment Thursday night, going 2-for-4 as designated hitter for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.


6/20/2014 | Howard's torrid pace at Busch continues

Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 at Busch Stadium in the Phillies' 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday, continuing the trend of tormenting his hometown team.


6/20/2014 | Bats bust out for Ole Miss against TCU

After combining for three runs and six hits in its first two CWS contests, Mississippi matched those totals in the first four innings against Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs erased a pair of deficits before the Rebels pulled away for a 6-4 victory.


6/20/2014 | Pino's long wait brings solid Major League debut

Yohan Pino is used to waiting. After all, he waited 30 years and 175 days before making his Major League debut against the White Sox on Thursday after pitching in the Minors for 10 years.


6/20/2014 | Miller fine after a couple of injury scares

Shelby Miller left his 15th start of the season a bit beaten up. He scraped his arm on a sliding play in the fifth and later left the game in the seventh, a few pitches after feeling a pinch in his hip.


6/20/2014 | Umpire Muchlinski exits game in fifth inning

There was a slight delay in the fifth inning of Thursday's White Sox-Twins game at Target Field when home-plate umpire Mike Muchlinski left the contest.


6/19/2014 | Dickey to start Sunday after rotation shuffle

The Blue Jays have decided to shuffle their rotation and will promote right-hander Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Buffalo to make Friday night's start in Cincinnati. The start originally belonged to R.A. Dickey, but the veteran knuckleballer has been pushed back two days.


6/19/2014 | Balfour, Hanigan get signs mixed up in final frame

When the ball left Grant Balfour's hand, Ryan Hanigan thought it was a slider heading for the dirt. He started to go down to block it, but the pitch never dropped with him. It was a 92-mph fastball headed straight at his chest.


6/19/2014 | Blevins OK after taking line drive off knee

Nationals reliever Jerry Blevins took a line drive off his left knee in the eighth inning Thursday night on an RBI single from Braves third baseman Chris Johnson.


6/19/2014 | Heaney's first start in line with Marlins predecessors

Andrew Heaney worked six innings of one-run ball in his first big league start Thursday night, allowing a home run to David Wright in the first frame that proved to be the difference in Miami's 1-0 loss to New York. Still, the lefty become the sixth pitcher in Marlins history to throw six or more innings while allowing one or no runs in his MLB debut.


6/19/2014 | Rookie Buchanan has best start of his career

Ryan Howard's big night and the best outing of rookie starter David Buchanan's young career gave the Phillies a 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday at Busch Stadium.


6/19/2014 | Star trek: Kazmir continues to stay red-hot

Scott Kazmir allowed a two-run homer to Dustin Pedroia but just three other hits over seven stellar innings to beat the Red Sox, 4-2, in the four-game series opener at O.co Coliseum, giving the A's their Major League-best 45th win.


6/19/2014 | Cubs prospect Bryant homers in Triple-A debut

In his first start with Triple-A Iowa, Cubs prospect Kris Bryant hit an opposite field two-run homer in the seventh inning of a 6-2 win over El Paso on Thursday night. It was the latest step on Bryant's fast-paced trip through the Cubs' Minor League system.


6/19/2014 | Rays blank Astros behind Archer's sharp effort

Unearned runs count like the earned ones, and the pair the Rays tallied Thursday night were never sweeter in a 5-0 win over the Astros in the series opener.




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