6/17/2014 | Gwynn remains Strasburg's favorite player
More than a decade after Tony Gwynn became Stephen Strasburg's favorite baseball player, Strasburg earned a scholarship to play for his hometown university, San Diego State, where Gwynn -- who died Monday at age 54 -- was the head coach.
6/17/2014 | Harper takes step toward full batting practice
Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper hit with two hands on Tuesday for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left thumb, manager Matt Williams said. Harper sustained the injury while sliding into third base against the Padres on April 25.
6/17/2014 | NL play, string of righties keeps Cron on bench
It's been six days since power-hitting prospect C.J. Cron was in the Angels' starting lineup.
6/17/2014 | Restless Walker eager to get back on the field
Neil Walker still has seven days to go before he's eligible to come off the disabled list. It could be the longest week of the season for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.
6/17/2014 | Lester outduels Hughes as Red Sox edge Twins
As Jon Lester battled through a 33-pitch first inning, manager John Farrell's stomach churned. Already, the Red Sox would be without closer Koji Uehara, who had worked three straight days and four out of five. But Lester put his manager and everyone else at ease by doing what aces do. He settled down and led his team to a 2-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
6/17/2014 | Polanco returns from historic first road trip
Before Gregory Polanco left town, he had clipped a base hit in each of his first three Major League games.
6/17/2014 | Returns of Votto, Latos making life easier on Price
Reds manager Bryan Price said he was able to have a late breakfast, nap and watch TV when the club had an off-day on Monday.
6/17/2014 | Young phenoms Hamilton, Polanco square off
From Andrew McCutchen to Carlos Gomez to Matt Holliday, the National League Central has no shortage of impact outfielders. Two players who are quickly traveling down that same path -- Billy Hamilton and Gregory Polanco -- met for the first time Tuesday.
6/17/2014 | Skaggs not able to throw simulated game yet
Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs, on the disabled list since June 10 because of a strained right hamstring, didn't throw his scheduled simulated game at Progressive Field on Tuesday, and he won't be activated when eligible on Saturday.
6/17/2014 | Pino to start Thursday in Major League debut
The Twins will recall right-hander Yohan Pino from Triple-A Rochester to start against the White Sox on Thursday, with fellow right-hander Samuel Deduno heading to the bullpen. A corresponding roster move will come Thursday.
6/17/2014 | Nunez expects to be available off bench today
Twins utility man Eduardo Nunez, who has been dealing with a strained hamstring since Saturday, was able to do more agility drills Tuesday, and said he expects to be available off the bench Wednesday.
6/17/2014 | Hicks to begin rehab stint today at Double-A
Center fielder Aaron Hicks is set to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain on Wednesday, the Twins announced.
6/17/2014 | Hammel says trade rumors come with the territory
Friends and family call Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel with the latest trade rumors, but he's been able to ignore all the talk.
6/17/2014 | Sweeney making tough catches look easy
Ryan Sweeney may not be the fastest outfielder on the Cubs, but he makes up for any lack of speed in his smarts. Sweeney showed off on Monday in the sixth inning when he snared Adeiny Hechavarria's fly ball in left-center. It was impressive.
6/17/2014 | Pitcher Wood could see more pinch-hit at-bats
Cubs manager Rick Renteria does not plan on batting Travis Wood sixth in the lefty's next outing, but he may call on his starting pitcher sooner to pinch-hit. On Monday, Wood delivered a game-winning RBI double in the 13th inning to give the Cubs a 5-4 win over the Marlins.
6/17/2014 | Perez, Moustakas back in lineup after minor injuries
As expected, catcher Salvador Perez and third baseman Mike Moustakas were in the lineup on Tuesday night despite their mishaps in the series opener.
6/17/2014 | Former Royal Getz visits old teammates
Former Royals second baseman Chris Getz stopped by the clubhouse to say hello to his former teammates on Tuesday afternoon. He lives in nearby Grosse Pointe, Mich.
6/17/2014 | Jeter, Girardi grateful to have played against Gwynn
A day after the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, the Padres icon was remembered fondly by Derek Jeter and manager Joe Girardi at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday prior to the Yankees' opener against the Blue Jays.
6/17/2014 | White Sox proud of Cuban tradition
The Chicago White Sox have embraced Cuban-born players from very early on, and now, stars like Jose Abreu are finding their comfort zone there.
6/17/2014 | Ausmus, Jones working alongside struggling Verlander
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had his share of struggling pitchers to handle over 17 years as a Major League catcher. He's now directly involved in the ongoing process to get Justin Verlander back to an effective form.
6/17/2014 | Hunter continues to rest after hamstring cramp
Torii Hunter was walking around the Tigers' clubhouse slowly and carefully Tuesday afternoon after leaving Monday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring cramp. It was more tightness than pain, but it was still significant.
6/17/2014 | Adjustments helping rookie Castellanos adapt at plate
The transition to life in the Majors hasn't always been an easy one for Tigers rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos, who has had to make adjustments.
6/17/2014 | Royals rout Tigers to take first place in Central
The first-place Kansas City Royals. Now there's a combination of words rarely seen in recent years. Yet that became a reality when the Royals knocked off Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers, 11-4, on Tuesday night to take over the lead in the American League Central. The Tigers fell out of first place for the first time all season, now trailing by a half-game.
6/17/2014 | Cervelli rejoins Yanks; Murphy optioned to Triple-A
Francisco Cervelli says he is ready to contribute to the Yankees in any way possible. He likes to catch, where he has spent most of his career, but spent time taking balls at first and third base while rehabbing his strained right hamstring in the Minors.
6/17/2014 | CC gets on mound, takes next step in rehab
CC Sabathia threw off a mound Monday for the first time since May 10, when he pitched against the Brewers and was quickly shuttled to the 15-day disabled list.
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