4/26/2012 | Valentine shuffles lineup after making snafu
It's rare that a mistake is harmless for a Major League manager, but that's what Bobby Valentine's lineup confusion amounted to Wednesday before the Red Sox's 7-6 win over the Twins.
4/26/2012 | After perfecto, Humber faces Red Sox
Even with a perfect game under his belt, Philip Humber is still chasing down another record. Humber has retired 29 straight batters. Mark Buehrle's 45 consecutive outs is the White Sox record. The Red Sox counter with Felix Doubront, a pitcher coming off a more-than-effective start.
4/26/2012 | After snapping skid, Royals call on Mendoza
After snapping their 12-game losing streak on Wednesday, the Royals send Luis Mendoza to the hill against the Indians on Thursday. Right-hander Josh Tomlin will start for the Tribe.
4/26/2012 | Rays redefining defense with the shift
The Rays led the Major Leagues in defensive shifts last season and have implemented them even more frequently this season. Other teams have noticed.
4/26/2012 | Castrovince: Extensions looking sensible
The largest contracts given to pre-arb players have generally worked out, so teams should feel fairly confident in going down that road with players their internal evaluators have identified as core pieces, right? Well, that all depends.
4/26/2012 | Mattingly leads Dodgers with steady hand
The Dodgers have lost three of four, and manager Don Mattingly faces his first real test of the year as closer Javy Guerra has sustained back-to-back losses and is being booed by the home crowd. Whether Mattingly replaces Guerra with the overpowering but raw Kenley Jansen, one thing he won't do is tear down his players, and that's something he learned from his dad.
4/26/2012 | Reds' Masset healing, but still not ready to throw
Injured Reds reliever Nick Masset didn't get bad news on the results of the MRI on his right shoulder. But Masset also didn't get the news he really wanted to hear.
4/26/2012 | Duffy scratched from Friday's start for Royals
Danny Duffy will not make his scheduled start Friday at Minnesota, as he is dealing with minor tightness in his left elbow.
4/26/2012 | KC's Hosmer appears to have turned a corner
With five hits, three walks and two round-trippers in his last three games, Eric Hosmer has reversed his fortunes from earlier in the season.
4/26/2012 | Tigers' Avila respects Ichiro's hitting prowess
Tigers All-Star catcher Alex Avila believes last season's subpar offensive production was an aberration rather than an indication for Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.
4/26/2012 | Mariners' Ackley has success in leadoff spot
Dustin Ackley helped spark the Mariners' offense on Wednesday from the leadoff spot and is an option to fill the spot if Chone Figgins' early struggles continue.
4/26/2012 | Sandoval breaks Giants' early hit streak mark
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval singled to left field leading off the fourth inning Thursday against Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, surpassing Johnny Rucker's franchise mark of 18 games set at the start of the 1945 season.
4/26/2012 | Manager Bochy briefs Giants on Huff's situation
Giants manager Bruce Bochy did address the team Thursday to inform them about the condition of Aubrey Huff, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after suffering an anxiety attack.
4/26/2012 | MLB Notebook: Nats' arms take Davey back
Davey Johnson was Dwight Gooden's skipper during the right-hander's glory days, and he's now leading a Nationals starting staff whose group stats are rivaling Dr. K's.
4/26/2012 | Mets' player development impresses Collins
As far as Terry Collins is concerned, Thursday's lineup presents a great compliment to the organization.
4/26/2012 | Royals ride big fifth to second straight win
The Royals felt that once they snapped their losing streak, they would string together a comparable stretch of wins. They have made it two straight following their 4-2 triumph over the Indians on a foggy Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.
4/26/2012 | Top three in rotation carrying Braves' staff
There was uncertainty surrounding the Braves' rotation entering this season. Yet as the Braves enter April's final weekend with 12 wins in their past 15 games, the only apparent concern in the starting-pitching department focuses on Jair Jurrjens, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett this week.
4/26/2012 | Cubs being patient with hard-working Marmol
Carlos Marmol heard the here-we-go-again boos Tuesday night at Wrigley Field when he served up a game-tying home run to Matt Holliday. Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio saw positives.
4/26/2012 | Crew's Gomez set to turn corner on five-tool talent
All five tools are there, and if this is the year Carlos Gomez gets it, he could be another Carlos Beltran or Carlos Gonzalez.
4/26/2012 | Rally in ninth nets Mets sweep of Marlins
The Mets were down, but not out, rallying for two in the ninth to walk off against the Marlins on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' single, securing a three-game sweep at Citi Field with a 3-2 victory Thursday.
4/26/2012 | Allen's walk-off homer extends Rays' streak
Brandon Allen followed up his big walk in Wednesday's game with an even bigger walk-off homer Thursday afternoon against Angels closer Jordan Walden, giving Tampa Bay a 4-3 win -- the club's fifth in a row -- before a jubilant crowd of 15,417 at Tropicana Field.
4/26/2012 | Pagan's homer snaps Giants' funk in Cincinnati
Angel Pagan hit a three-run home run off Cincinnati closer Sean Marshall with one out in the top of the ninth inning Thursday to rally the Giants to a 6-5 victory in the finale of a three-game series against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
4/26/2012 | Twins hoping day to regroup resets pitching
When Twins general manager Terry Ryan announced on April 11 that Scott Baker would undergo season-ending elbow surgery, he said starting pitching hadn't been the problem for the club.
4/26/2012 | Tigers release Inge, call up Eldred
The Tigers released veteran infielder Brandon Inge on Thursday, parting ways with one of the last remaining players from their rise from league also-ran to perennial contender. First baseman Brad Eldred has been called up from Triple-A Toledo.
4/26/2012 | O's Britton to throw first bullpen session Friday
Orioles lefty Zach Britton, who has been sidelined all season by a left shoulder impingement, will throw the first bullpen session of his rehab Friday in Sarasota, Fla.
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