6/28/2013 | Phillips back from two-day stint on paternity list
After missing both games of the series at Oakland while on the paternity list, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips rejoined the team on Friday and started against the Rangers.
6/28/2013 | Prior's comeback bid with Reds ends with release
After he was activated from Triple-A Louisville's disabled list, the Reds released pitcher Mark Prior to end the latest chapter in his long comeback story.
6/28/2013 | Belisle hoping a clear mind is key to snapping skid
Matt Belisle gave up Marlon Byrd's game-winning homer on Thursday and has been touched for 12 earned runs in his last seven appearances. The slide is out of character for Belisle, who went into Friday's game with the most appearances of any Major League reliever over the last three years.
6/28/2013 | Nicasio optioned to make room for Betancourt
When the Rockies reached a crossroads with right-hander Juan Nicasio, they decided to maintain the path of developing him as a starting pitcher. For Nicasio, that means he must hit the road to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
6/28/2013 | Weiss says Pomeranz will start Sunday
Rockies manager Walt Weiss announced officially that left-hander Drew Pomeranz will be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Sunday afternoon against the Giants.
6/28/2013 | Rox scratch Fowler from lineup due to hand injury
The Rockies aborted an attempt to return switch-hitting outfielder Dexter Fowler to the lineup Friday night against Giants left-hander Barry Zito due to an ailing right hand and wrist.
6/28/2013 | LeMahieu proves to be strong option at second
The year began with DJ LeMahieu playing shortstop in Triple-A with the goal of proving to the Rockies that he could fill in at shortstop if something happened to Troy Tulowitzki. But LeMahieu has played himself into being the first option at second base.
6/28/2013 | Maxwell available off bench in opener
Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell, who was diagnosed with a mild concussion after his face hit the ground while diving for a ball on Tuesday, was cleared to play by doctors on Friday.
6/28/2013 | Astros gearing up for international signing period
With most of the Astros' top Draft picks in the fold, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Friday the team's main focus now is the start of the July 2 international signing period.
6/28/2013 | Leyland: July 14 starters won't pitch in All-Star Game
American League All-Star Game manager Jim Leyland said Friday that although pitchers who start games on Sunday, July 14, will be welcome on the team, he will not use them in the All-Star Game two days later.
6/28/2013 | Sanchez to make rehab start on Monday
Anibal Sanchez will throw 60 pitches in a Minor League rehab game on Monday, either at Class A Lakeland, in the Gulf Coast League or for Double-A Erie, depending upon the weather.
6/28/2013 | Shuck proving to be hit at top of Angels' lineup
Angels outfielder J.B. Shuck is settling in at the leadoff spot, and it's just in time to face his former team.
6/28/2013 | Astros have been thorn in Angels' side
Only one team has been less than happy to see the Astros during the club's first season in the American League West.
6/28/2013 | Missouri's Majors count adds Twins' Gibson
The University of Missouri clan in the Major Leagues is growing with Saturday's addition of right-hander Kyle Gibson, who'll start for the Twins against the Royals. Gibson, who will make his Major League debut, was a teammate of Royals reliever Aaron Crow for the 2007-08 Tigers.
6/28/2013 | Paulino scratched from Sunday rehab stint
Pitcher Felipe Paulino's return to his Minor League injury rehab assignment has been delayed. He was supposed to pitch on Sunday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but that's been scrubbed.
6/28/2013 | Guthrie fine despite some bruised fingers
Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie took a sharply-hit batted ball off the fingers on his right hand in Thursday night's 3-1 loss to the Twins, but isn't expected to miss his next start.
6/28/2013 | Royals release veteran left-hander Sherrill
Left-hander George Sherrill, a longtime Major Leaguer, was released on Friday by the Royals' Triple-A Omaha club. Sherrill, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery on May 4, 2012, has played with Seattle, Baltimore, the Dodgers and Atlanta in a nine-year big league career.
6/28/2013 | Pounders nearly perfect in Double-A no-no
Almost perfect. That was right-hander Brooks Pounders as he pitched a no-hitter for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Royals' Double-A afilliate, to stifle the Midland RockHounds, 11-0, on Thursday night at Springdale, Ark.
6/28/2013 | Marlins try to keep hot-hitting Ruggiano fresh
Justin Ruggiano has been one of the Marlins' most productive hitters this month. In hopes of keeping things that way, the 31-year-old outfielder is getting periodic days offs, so he was out of the lineup Friday.
6/28/2013 | Redmond praises Nolasco for professionalism
Plenty of focus regarding trade discussions was sure to be on Ricky Nolasco as he made his 17th start of the season for the Marlins on Friday night. But the way Nolasco has conducted himself around a young team has enriched his respect within the organization and Mike Redmond.
6/28/2013 | Bullpen making big contribution in June
Timely hitting and strong starting pitching have led to the Marlins enjoying a strong June. Not to be overlooked in the club's first winning month of the season is the bullpen. The relievers have in fact played a major role in the turnaround.
6/28/2013 | Angels trying to maintain momentum in Houston
After Friday's hard-fought win over the Astros, the Angels will send Joe Blanton to the hill on Saturday against Jordan Lyles as Los Angeles looks to push its win streak to five games.
6/28/2013 | Rangers continue hot stretch, shut out Reds
The Rangers continued their recent success behind Martin Perez's strong start, defeating the Reds, 4-0, in the series opener on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
6/28/2013 | After historic start, bullpen stumbles
The Blue Jays' bullpen finally faltered in a 7-5 loss to the Red Sox Friday.
6/28/2013 | De La Rosa hopes to continue Rockies' strong pitching
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will try to earn a series victory against ace right-hander Matt Cain and the division-rival Giants on Saturday afternoon at Coors Field.
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