6/17/2014 | After 70 games, first place a rare spot for Royals
How rare is it for the Royals to be in first place at this stage of a season? You have to go back to Aug. 19, 2003, to find the last time they had sole possession of first place after 70 or more games.
6/17/2014 | Wacha, two-out knocks help Cards down Mets
Michael Wacha provided a quality start, and a collection of hitters provided two-out sparks in the Cardinals' 5-2 win over the Mets in front of 42,209 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, giving St. Louis a season-best five-game winning streak.
6/17/2014 | Tanaka's rookie season could rank with the greats
Masahiro Tanaka continued his mastery of big league hitters on Friday night in a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, bringing his record to 11-1 and lowering his ERA to 1.99 in his first season pitching in the Major Leagues.
6/17/2014 | As always, A's will find viable fill-in for Pomeranz
The most recent casualty among the Oakland Athletics' starting pitchers is lefty Drew Pomeranz. Some teams might look upon this sort of thing as a catastrophe. But for the A's, dire circumstances somehow translate mostly into opportunity.
6/17/2014 | Rangers, A's seeking edge in season series
With the season series at 4-4, the division-leading A's and fourth-place Rangers will meet on Wednesday afternoon to wrap up a three-game set at the Coliseum. NIck Tepesch starts for Texas, while Sonny Gray takes the mound for Oakland.
6/17/2014 | Danks continues solid stretch as White Sox surge
John Danks' strong outing, coupled with a pair of homers and key at-bats, propelled the Sox to an 8-2 victory over the Giants on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
6/17/2014 | Jones solves Cubs, lifts Marlins with late homer
Garrett Jones found a way to beat the shift on Tuesday night. Belt the ball out of the park. Jones hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning off Brian Schlitter that lifted the Marlins to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs at Marlins Park.
6/17/2014 | Matheny opts to give Carpenter a rest vs. Mets
Matt Carpenter, hitless in his last nine at-bats, was unplugged from the starting lineup on Tuesday as manager Mike Matheny sensed the third baseman was beginning to fight fatigue.
6/17/2014 | Cardinals playing with short bench, bullpen
The Cardinals faced the Mets on Tuesday with both a short bench and bullpen after opting not to make a roster move prior to the second game of the three-game set. Manager Mike Matheny said the club will re-evaluate the roster situation after Tuesday's game to determine if a callup needs to be made before the series finale.
6/17/2014 | What would an All-New York team look like?
Earlier this month when the Yankees were a .500 team and the Mets could only aspire to be, I wondered how a New York hybrid might fare. How might a team made of active 2014 Mets and Yankees prosper?
6/17/2014 | Morneau mingles with Kings at Dodger Stadium
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau made sure he was on hand for early batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday to visit with the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, who were taking cuts before a pregame ceremony.
6/17/2014 | Gio to make return opposite Astros' Feldman
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and start for the first time since May 17. He will take on Houston's Scott Feldman.
6/17/2014 | Polanco following in Clemente's footsteps
Keeping up with a legendary forebear, Pirates rookie Gregory Polanco extended his career-starting hitting streak to seven games Tuesday night.
6/17/2014 | Rendon, Zimmerman power Nats past funk
The Nationals eclipsed their run total from the recent four-game slide behind two doubles from both Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon, escaping with a 6-5 win over the Astros on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.
6/17/2014 | Ross sent down to sort through mechanics
The Rangers have sent struggling reliever Robbie Ross Jr. to Triple-A Round Rock. He will be used as a starter for the Express, primarily because it will get him more mound time and also time between starts to work with Round Rock pitching coach Brad Holman. "We just feel like he needs consistent work," general manager Jon Daniels said.
6/17/2014 | Poreda rejoins Rangers bullpen from Triple-A
Left-hander Aaron Poreda, who was called up Tuesday for the third time this season, will be the Rangers' second southpaw in the bullpen.
6/17/2014 | Stiff back keeps Pagan out vs. White Sox
Back stiffness forced Giants center fielder Angel Pagan from the lineup for the second straight game Tuesday as San Francisco opened its two-game Interleague series against the Chicago White Sox.
6/17/2014 | Rangers may miss pair of aces in Tigers series
The Rangers could miss the Tigers' two marquee pitchers during a three-game series that starts next Tuesday in Arlington. Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer aren't scheduled to pitch against the Rangers, who will push back Colby Lewis to start the series opener.
6/17/2014 | Moreland facing season-ending surgery
It appears Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will have reconstructive surgery on his left ankle. If Moreland undergoes the procedure, he will miss the rest of the season and face a long rehabilitation process.
6/17/2014 | Cautious Giants have Posey serve as DH
Buster Posey felt well enough to catch Tuesday's series opener for the Giants, but was limited to designated-hitter duties as a precaution.
6/17/2014 | Bochy, Flannery remember good friend Gwynn
Giants manager Bruce Bochy and third-base coach Tim Flannery witnessed Tony Gwynn's excellence and effervescence firsthand. More than almost anybody else, they understood what distinguished Gwynn, whose death from cancer was announced Monday.
6/17/2014 | Walks a concern to White Sox pitching coach
The White Sox entered Tuesday's Interleague contest against the Giants leading the Major Leagues with 271 walks issued by their pitchers. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper doesn't seem too worried about the defense behind his staff or the fact that Chris Sale stands as the team's only strikeout pitcher. But the walks are unacceptable in Cooper's mind.
6/17/2014 | White Sox share fond memories of Gwynn
Darrin Jackson was more than just Tony Gwynn's teammate from 1989-92. The White Sox radio analyst considered one of the game's greatest hitters a close friend, not to mention his fishing buddy and worthy pingpong opponent.
6/17/2014 | El Duque emotional in remembering '05 title run
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, who arguably pitched the most historic inning of relief in White Sox history during Game 3 of the 2005 American League Division Series at Fenway Park, returned to U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday for a panel discussion entitled "White Sox Baseball: A History of Cuban Stars."
6/17/2014 | Field of Greens makes big charitable contribution
The White Sox Field of Greens Golf Outing for Charity, which took place Monday at Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago, netted $100,000 to benefit pediatric cancer treatment and research programs at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.
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