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5/18/2012 | Padres' Darnell exits with shoulder injury, set for MRI
Padres left fielder James Darnell exited Thursday's game against the Dodgers in the sixth inning after partially dislocating his left shoulder leaping for a fly ball. He will have an MRI on Friday.

5/18/2012 | Interleague Play set to add intrigue to season
When Jeff Samardzija throws the first pitch for the Cubs in their Friday afternoon game against the White Sox at Wrigley Field, it will signify a powerful and memorable moment for Major League Baseball in 2012: the return of Interleague Play.

5/18/2012 | Stars of the Game: Thurs., May 17
Each day, selects one player from each game whose performance stands out. Here are the May 17 Mane Men of the Day.

5/18/2012 | Dice-K shaky again in Minors rehab start
A day after Bobby Valentine said that he didn't think Daisuke Matsuzaka was close to being ready to pitch in the Major Leagues, the righty made his manager look prophetic.

5/18/2012 | Aviles loses his cool, earns first career ejection
Shortstop Mike Aviles lost his temper in the top of the seventh inning on Thursday night, and the result was his first Major League ejection.

5/18/2012 | Top pitchers face off in Los Angeles
With key players in both the Cardinals and Dodgers dugouts out with injuries, the matchup between division leaders will shift its focus to the mound. Friday's first game features two of the top seven ERA pitchers in the National League with Ted Lilly (2.11) and Lance Lynn (1.81) squaring off against each other.

5/18/2012 | Angels get first look at spacious Petco Park
The Angels will travel to Petco Park for the first time as Interleague Play kicks off Friday. San Diego sends Jeff Suppan to the hill against Halos ace Jered Weaver.

5/18/2012 | Veterans Pettitte, Arroyo square off in Bronx
Andy Pettitte's second start on his comeback tour should draw a little less attention than the first one, when the Yankees and Reds -- who send Bronson Arroyo to the hill -- open a three-game Interleague series Friday night in New York.

5/18/2012 | Stakes raised as Crosstown Showdown begins
The 2012 version of the Windy City Series will kick off Friday at Wrigley Field as White Sox righty Phil Humber takes the mound against Cubs righty Jeff Samardzija.

5/18/2012 | Who's No. 1? Zunino is Draft's top college bat
No matter who you ask, there's not much to criticize about Mike Zunino. The junior University of Florida catcher is the consensus top college bat and is among the handful of candidates to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick.

5/18/2012 | New challenges await as Interleague play opens
The season is still young, but nonetheless, Interleague Play is upon us for 2012. The coming weekend brings the first taste of American League vs. National League competition, with several of the regional rivalries being renewed starting Friday.

5/18/2012 | Castrovince: M's offense taking baby steps
After finishing last in the Major Leagues in runs scored each of the past two seasons, the Mariners are slowly making progress, thanks in large part to their developing young hitters.

5/18/2012 | Votebook: Hot corner, hotter competition in AL
Kansas City's Mike Moustakas knows he has stiff competition at the hot corner in the American League for the All-Star Game. After all, Moustakas' name on the ballot is bunched in with the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and even Miguel Cabrera, following his offseason switch from the other infield corner.

5/18/2012 | Justice: Selig had it right on Interleague Play
Commissioner Bud Selig had a tough sell when Interleague Play was introduced 15 years ago, but the attendance figures and fierce geographic rivalries have proven that it's been a great addition to the game.

5/18/2012 | Soto has meniscus tear, to miss three weeks
Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has a tear in the meniscus in his left knee and will undergo arthroscopic surgery, which will sideline him about three weeks.

5/18/2012 | Manuel, umpire Davidson both suspended
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and umpire Bob Davidson, embroiled in a heated nose-to-nose exchange during Tuesday's game between Philadelphia and Houston, each received a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday.

5/18/2012 | Key to ending slumps: How to shoulder it
The best hitters are only successful about 30 percent of the time, and the rest of their at-bats throughout the 162-game season end in frustration. Slumps happen to everyone. But how do hitters get out of them?

5/18/2012 | Managers aim to help players during slumps
Managers make countless decisions in the course of a game. And in an era when handling personalities can be more important than strategy, whether or not to take a hitter or pitcher out of a game in a crucial situation can be among the most difficult, demanding and delicate.

5/18/2012 | Deep Nats staff boasts wide variety of weapons
There's no staff in baseball with as many dominant pitches, thrown by as many different pitchers, as the Nationals.

5/18/2012 | McNamee: Other players' items also in beer can
Brian McNamee testified under cross-examination Friday morning that not all the items he stored in a beer can for nearly seven years were used to inject Roger Clemens and might have been used on other, as yet unnamed, players.

5/18/2012 | Pleskoff: LaHair getting chance he needed
Entering this season, Bryan LaHair had just 195 career big league at-bats in a professional career that began in 2003. Now that he's being given consistent playing time with the Cubs, the big first baseman is proving he belongs.

5/18/2012 | MLB Notebook: Wright off to historic start
Dating back to 1962, the Mets' first season, David Wright is one of eight National Leaguers to be at .411 or better when the games on May 17 were in the books.

5/18/2012 | Cubs option Volstad to Triple-A Iowa
Cubs righty Chris Volstad, winless in his last 19 starts, was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, and catcher Blake Lalli's contract was selected from the Minor League team.

5/18/2012 | Konerko hit in side of face, exits game
Paul Konerko was hit by a Jeff Samardzija pitch in the left side of the face during the third inning of Friday's series opener between the Cubs and White Sox at Wrigley Field. Konerko was attended to by manager Robin Ventura and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider, before walking off on his own power with a towel pressed to his face.

5/18/2012 | Pirates option Meek, recall Hernandez
The Pirates on Friday optioned relief pitcher Evan Meek to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from their top affiliate.

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