6/18/2014 | Collision rule creates dispute in Pittsburgh
Two plays at the plate on Wednesday night in the Reds' 11-4 win over the Pirates were reviewed for violations of the experimental Rule 7:13 regarding illegal obstruction.
6/18/2014 | Hanley back in lineup after injury scare
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was removed from Tuesday night's game after a hard one-hopper hit the tip of his right ring finger, was back in the lineup for Wednesday's finale with the Rockies.
6/18/2014 | Henderson takes huge step with mound session
Reliever Jim Henderson was back on a mound on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a setback in his comeback from a right shoulder injury, and deemed the session a modest success.
6/18/2014 | Owings back in action after being hit by pitch
On Wednesday, a day after being hit in the upper back with a pitch, Chris Owings is back in the lineup against the Brewers and feeling fine.
6/18/2014 | Arroyo no stranger to back-and-forth beanballs
Bronson Arroyo has been in the Major Leagues for 15 seasons, so seeing teams trade HBPs, as happened on Tuesday, is nothing new to him.
6/18/2014 | Farnsworth moves up all-time appearances list
With his appearance in Tuesday's game, Astros reliever Kyle Farnsworth moved into 27th place for all-time appearances by a pitcher. He has appeared in 891 games in his career, which is one ahead of Tom Gordon and seven behind Jim Kaat.
6/18/2014 | Samardzija, Cubs still apart on talks
Jeff Samardzija has reportedly rejected an $85 million contract offer from the Cubs, which may prompt the team to move the right-hander at the Trade Deadline.
6/18/2014 | They might be Giants, but they're hardly invincible
As recently as two weeks ago, the Giants and A's were a combined 75-43, winning at a combined .636 pace. Nothing has happened since then to cause anyone to stop thinking about a repeat of the 1989 Bay Bridge Series -- hopefully without the earthquake this time -- but the Giants have fallen into one of those slides that expose weaknesses and send fans scurrying to find the latest trade rumors.
6/18/2014 | Angels-Indians postponed due to weather
Heavy rain showers forced the Indians and Angels to postpone their scheduled tilt on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. No makeup date has been announced. Justin Masterson will start the series finale on Thursday.
6/18/2014 | Ausmus regrets offensive quip, apologizes
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologized for an ill-advised comment he made in frustration, and quickly regretted, following his team's 2-1 loss to the Royals on Wednesday.
6/18/2014 | Despite HR, Royals leave J. Martinez wanting more
J.D. Martinez hit his way into near-regular playing time over the past week, batting .419 (13-for-31) with two home runs and seven RBIs over his past eight games. He would have more damage than that if not for the Royals outfield.
6/18/2014 | Since Houston, it's been no problem for Yost
This session amounted to an "I told you so" from Royals manager Ned Yost. He was talking about his club's sudden launch into the stratosphere after that gruesome three-game drubbing by Houston. The takeoff has now reached 10 straight games and, since the Astros debacle, they're 15-4 and in first place in the American League Central.
6/18/2014 | Brantley diagnosed with mild concussion
Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has been diagnosed with a mild concussion. He was out of Wednesday's lineup before the game was postponed due to weather.
6/18/2014 | Harper's upcoming return to bring lineup decisions
Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (torn thumb ligament) is slowly but surely approaching his return to the field. When Harper does come back, the Nationals will have to make room in the lineup.
6/18/2014 | Papi disagrees with official scorer on Mauer error
David Ortiz stung a grounder to first that Joe Mauer stopped on a half-dive in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday. But Mauer couldn't keep it in his grasp, and Ortiz thought he had an infield hit. Official scorer Bob Ellis ruled at as an error on Mauer. Once the inning ended, Ortiz looked up to the press box and gave Ellis the thumbs-down sign.
6/18/2014 | Special trio of kids get day to remember for HOPE Week
It was a rare thing that happened in the Yankees' clubhouse on Wednesday. Manager Joe Girardi sat down where his interrogators usually fire their questions, while three kids joined him. Then Quinn Ostergren, Ryan Tucker and Sean Callahan all signed a one-day contract with the Yankees, joining the ranks of legends from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter.
6/18/2014 | Cashman: Expect Yanks to be active in trade market
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wouldn't come out and actually say it on Wednesday, but it's obvious he doesn't believe the Yankees, as currently constituted, can compete for their 28th World Series championship this season.
6/18/2014 | Hurdle intends to stick with hot-hitting Harrison
Following a four-hit game on Tuesday night, Josh Harrison's batting average rested at .319. However, you will not find the energetic Harrison among the league leaders, because he does not yet have enough plate appearances for that list.
6/18/2014 | Coleman, Ray latest ACE program success stories
Louisville's Corey Ray and Vanderbilt's Ro Coleman are the latest products of the White Sox ACE program, which gives ballplayers ages 13-18 the chance to compete against other competitive travel teams. Since the inception of the program -- which stands for Amateur City Elite -- in 2007, eight former players have been drafted and 40 have received partial college scholarships.
6/18/2014 | Eveland replaces Mejia, earns save
Jenrry Mejia struggled Wednesday and with one of the game's hottest left-handed hitters at the plate in the ninth, manager Terry Collins removed Mejia from the game with two outs in the ninth inning and the tying run on first, relying on journeyman left-hander Dana Eveland to retire Matt Adams for the game's final out.
6/18/2014 | Price maintaining confidence in scuffling bullpen
Even though the Reds have started their current six-game road trip with three wins in four games, their bullpen continues to endure its struggles.
6/18/2014 | Gray returns to form as A's rise to MLB's best mark
The A's bats were wide awake in a three-game meeting with the Rangers, who couldn't quite keep up in Wednesday's finale against Sonny Gray. The Oakland righty, on the heels of consecutive losses for the first time in his young career, righted the ship and looked like an ace again in the matinee, firing seven innings of two-run ball in a 4-2 victory at the Coliseum.
6/18/2014 | Mets recall Nieuwenhuis, option den Dekker
Hoping to ride the wave of one of their hottest Minor League bats, the Mets recalled Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas after Wednesday's game, optioning fellow outfielder Matt den Dekker to Vegas.
6/18/2014 | Mariners, first-round pick Jackson agree to deal
Alex Jackson, the Mariners' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, has agreed to terms with the club on a deal that includes a signing bonus of more than $4 million, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis.
6/18/2014 | Fien falters as fill-in closer for ailing Perkins
After Chris Parmelee's go-ahead homer in the 10th inning off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gave the Twins the lead, it was assumed closer Glen Perkins would come in. But Perkins felt stiffness in his lower back Tuesday and tried to play catch before Wednesday's game, but told manager Ron Gardenhire he was unavailable.
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