5/30/2013 | Dental complications affect Alvarez, Tabata
Pedro Alvarez was not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday after having two wisdom teeth removed that morning, while a root canal procedure delayed the start of Jose Tabata's physical activity and rehab.
5/30/2013 | Adjustments seem to be working for O's Johnson
Orioles closer Jim Johnson entered Wednesday night's game to cheers from the crowd at Camden Yards, a sign of faith in the struggling right-hander that didn't go unnoticed.
5/30/2013 | Giants reward Zito's stalwart effort vs. Oakland
Barry Zito was flawed against the Oakland A's, but he also was fearless. The left-hander survived walking a season-high six batters and lasted six innings to help the Giants triumph, 5-2, on Thursday.
5/30/2013 | Utley fields ground balls, won't put timetable on return
Chase Utley took another step forward in his recovery from a strained right oblique Thursday, but he remains more than a week away from rejoining the Phillies lineup.
5/30/2013 | Cobb expects to make next start on Tuesday
Alex Cobb told reporters Thursday that he will make his next start Tuesday against the Tigers in Detroit. Originally, the right-hander had been scheduled to start Friday night in Cleveland, but the Rays moved him back in the rotation due to a crack in the fingernail of his right middle finger.
5/30/2013 | Pestano's increased velocity a positive sign
With the Indians leading 5-1 on Wednesday, Vinnie Pestano fell behind leadoff hitter Xavier Paul, 3-2, before giving up a solo home run. He then rebounded to retire the next three batters to seal the win. What's more, his fastball velocity registered around 90-92 mph, a positive sign for the recovering reliever.
5/30/2013 | Swelling down, Hunter expects to return Sunday
Torii Hunter said the swelling in his left elbow has improved since he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night. Hunter wasn't in Thursday's starting lineup against the Bucs, but along with his absence Friday and Saturday for his kids' graduation, he will have three days to let the swelling run its course.
5/30/2013 | Wood revels in rush of big league debut
Approximately 24 hours after receiving word that he was getting his first call-up to the Majors, Alex Wood experienced the thrill of a lifetime. As he completed a scoreless ninth in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays, his mother fought back tears and his father forgot about the fact that as a lifelong Mets fan, he is supposed to despise anything related to the Braves.
5/30/2013 | Martin rewards sterling pitching with walk-off in 11th
Russell Martin drilled a Luke Putkonen fastball off the left-field wall with the bases loaded in the 11th to score Neil Walker and give the Pirates a 1-0 win over the Tigers at PNC Park.
5/30/2013 | MLB announces 2013 Play Sun Smart initiative
With much of the U.S. experiencing temperatures in the 80s and 90s for the first time this year, this is a good time to remind everyone how to enjoy the great outdoor game and sultry days in a safe way.
5/30/2013 | Chavez leaves game with strained oblique
Third baseman Eric Chavez underwent an MRI after leaving Thursday's game against the Rangers with a strained right oblique and could be placed on the disabled list soon.
5/30/2013 | Cards option Blazek to make room for Wacha
The Cardinals optioned Michael Blazek to Triple-A on Thursday in order to make room for starter Michael Wacha to be added to the club's 25-man roster to debut vs. the Royals.
5/30/2013 | Buchholz healthy, will start Sunday night in Bronx
Clay Buchholz is healthy and ready to return to the rotation on Sunday night when the Red Sox complete a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
5/30/2013 | Adams' dream month continues with wife at Fan Cave
Yankees rookie David Adams and his wife, Camille Campins Adams, met in eighth grade in Boca Raton, Fla., and wound up together Thursday at the MLB Fan Cave.
5/30/2013 | Franklin hits first two homers in series finale
Mariners rookie second baseman Nick Franklin got his first Major League hit on Wednesday and followed that up with a two-homer day on Thursday as the youngster got off to a hot start in his first week since being called up from Triple-A.
5/30/2013 | Smoak, Morse close to returning to lineup
First baseman Justin Smoak could be ready to return Friday in Minnesota as he recovers from a tight oblique muscle, according to manager Eric Wedge.
5/30/2013 | Yankees to 'sign' and honor Matsui on July 28
Former slugger Hideki Matsui will ink a one-day Minor League deal on July 28 and retire as a Yankee before being honored in a pregame ceremony.
5/30/2013 | Felix rides five blasts to win over Padres
Felix Hernandez bounced back from a pair of tough outings to allow just one run on three hits over eight innings and rookie second baseman Nick Franklin hit a pair of home runs as the Mariners topped the Padres, 7-1, on Thursday at Petco Park.
5/30/2013 | Sale not concerned about delivery's impact on arm
White Sox left-hander Chris Sale hears the criticism of his delivery and the stress it could be causing on his arm, but he's not looking at making any changes.
5/30/2013 | Gregg locking down Cubs' ninth-inning role
The Cubs' bullpen has had several personnel changes, but one thing will stay the same and that is Kevin Gregg as closer.
5/30/2013 | Rangers' bats come alive to end three-game slide
The Rangers had 15 hits, including a two-run homer from Mitch Moreland, as they snapped a season-high three-game losing streak with a 9-5 victory over the D-backs Thursday afternoon.
5/30/2013 | Royals name Hall of Famer Brett interim hitting coach
Hall of Famer George Brett is returning to the dugout as the Royals' interim hitting coach, with Pedro Grifol also joining Kansas City's coaching staff as a special assignment coach, the club announced on Thursday.
5/30/2013 | Wood hits slam, pitches Cubs past White Sox
Travis Wood carried the Cubs past the White Sox, 8-3, on Thursday at Wrigley Field. Wood tossed six innings of two-run ball and crushed a grand slam in the fourth inning to break open a one-run game. Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena also homered.
5/30/2013 | Bench presses Braves to victory over Blue Jays
Ramiro Pena and Jordan Schafer combined to provide Mike Minor all the support he needed to overcome Andrelton Simmons' error and help the Braves claim Thursday night's 11-3 win over the Blue Jays at Turner Field.
5/30/2013 | Braves make tough decision and designate Francisco
When the Braves went back to a seven-man bullpen on Thursday, they were forced to make the tough roster decision that they had been able to delay. To make room for Alex Wood, the Braves designated Juan Francisco for assignment. The Braves now have 10 days to either trade, release or outright Francisco to the Minors.
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