7/20/2013 | Veteran Young instrumental in Phillies' resurgence
The Phils, five games under .500 as recently as July 3, have a 9-3 record in their last 12 games on the strength of their offense, and veteran Michael Young has been a big part of that revival.
7/20/2013 | Life in the bigs suits Ruf just fine
Darin Ruf has had immediate success with the Phillies in his first two shots at big league play.
7/20/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: July 20
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
7/20/2013 | Royals stay hot by topping nemesis Verlander
With Mike Moustakas belting a go-ahead home run, the Royals held on for their second straight victory over the first-place Tigers, 6-5, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. It also was Ned Yost's 700th managerial victory.
7/20/2013 | Shields looks to help Royals put brooms on Tigers
Right-hander James Shields seeks his first win against the Tigers in three meetings this season as the Royals face Doug Fister on Sunday with a three-game sweep on the line at Kauffman Stadium.
7/20/2013 | A's send impressive Gray back to Triple-A
The A's optioned 23-year-old right-hander Sonny Gray to Triple-A Sacramento after Friday night's 4-1 loss to the Angels in order to make roster space for Dan Straily, their starter on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.
7/20/2013 | Angels, Pujols look to keep A's on the ropes
Albert Pujols, who homered in Friday's second-half-opening victory, will try to help C.J. Wilson and the Angels chip another game off the A's lead in the American League West when the rivals continue their series on Saturday.
7/20/2013 | Francis among Rockies' latest bullpen plans
The Rockies are retraining veteran left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis, currently at Triple-A Colorado Springs, to be a reliever, Rockies senior vice president of Major League operations Bill Geivett said Friday.
7/20/2013 | Beloved broadcaster Simmons celebrates 90th birthday
The Giants devoted a pregame moment Friday to honoring an individual who has meant as much to the organization as any of their Hall of Fame ballplayers: Former broadcaster Lon Simmons.
7/20/2013 | Kansas City celebrities play ball for charity
Kansas City natives Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle and Paul Rudd visited Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City on Friday morning before arriving at Kauffman Stadium, where they took batting practice with the Royals and played the third annual Celebrity Wiffle Ball Classic.
7/19/2013 | Red-hot Greinke, Gio square off at Nats Park
With a 27-19 record at home this year, the Nationals know this is the time to make up some ground. The Nats will hope to do just that on Saturday night against the Dodgers at Nationals Park.
7/19/2013 | Halos ride Weaver's gem, three homers past A's
Jered Weaver held the A's scoreless on four hits while striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings and Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar and Mike Trout each homered as the Angels opened the second half of the season with a victory over the American League West leaders.
7/19/2013 | Gaudin leads way in shutout of D-backs
Chad Gaudin allowed three hits in seven innings and helped make a pair of first-inning runs stand up Friday night as the Giants outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-0.
7/19/2013 | A-Rod collects two hits as DH in Triple-A game
Alex Rodriguez took the night off in the field, but had a busy day as the designated hitter on Friday in his second game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
7/19/2013 | Latos, Burnett cross paths, looking for vintage form
Both looking for a return to their vintage form, Reds starter Mat Latos and Pirates starter A.J. Burnett duel in a clash of NL Central contenders at Great American Ball Park on Saturday.
7/19/2013 | Barnes records eighth cycle in Astros history
Brandon Barnes earned a spot in franchise lore on Friday night even more exclusive than the Astros' extensive no-hit club, as he completed the eighth cycle in team history.
7/19/2013 | Cain looks to regain form in matchup with Miley
Matt Cain hopes to clinch the series for the Giants after the club blanked Arizona on Friday. Wade Miley takes the hill for the first-place D-backs, who were shut out for just the second time this season in the series opener at AT&T Park.
7/19/2013 | Phils pounce with seven-run third in rout of Mets
Is it All-Star break alchemy or just a coincidence? The Phillies have posted the best second-half record in the Major Leagues over the last seven years, and they came back from this year's intermission with another outsized performance in a 13-8 victory over the Mets on Friday night at Citi Field.
7/19/2013 | Reds break out, withstand rally to prevail over Pirates
Drawing the second-place Pirates on the other side of the All-Star break with a series that started on Friday, the third-place Reds sense the opportunity before them. And that's what made a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh before a sellout crowd of 40,831 at Great American Ball Park all the more satisfying.
7/19/2013 | Orioles turn to Urrutia for spark in big league debut
Miguel Gonzalez will pitch for the Orioles on Saturday in Arlington as Henry Urrutia makes his Major League debut, and he gave the Rangers fits just before the All-Star break the last time he took the mound. Ross Wolf, who opposed Gonzalez in that last start, takes the mound for Texas.
7/19/2013 | Samardzija recovers to lead Cubs over Rockies
Nine days after he surrendered nine runs in 4 2/3 innings in an ugly loss to the Angels, Jeff Samardzija led the Cubs to a 3-1 win against a Rockies team he dominated earlier this year.
7/19/2013 | Amid trade rumors, Cubs focused on Rockies
On Saturday, Carlos Villanueva will attempt to build off the performance that Jeff Samardzija submitted for the Cubs on Friday. Villanueva will face Colorado's Juan Nicasio.
7/19/2013 | Ethier homer in ninth lifts Dodgers back over .500
Andre Ethier hit the go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning, Hanley Ramirez kept up his hot hitting with a two-run home run, and the Dodgers pulled out a 3-2 victory to begin their abbreviated second-half schedule on Friday night in Washington.
7/19/2013 | Markakis' leaping grab helps Chen hold off Texas
Nick Markakis robbed Adrian Beltre of a fourth-inning home run with a leaping catch at the right-field fence and doubled in a run to back another quality effort from lefty Wei-Yin Chen, as the Orioles topped the Rangers, 3-1, Friday night in Arlington.
7/19/2013 | Hamels aims to get Phils off to fast second-half start
Historically under Charlie Manuel, the Phillies play good baseball in the second half. That trend proved true Friday night, and they will try to keep the momentum rolling behind Cole Hamels in the second game of a weekend series against Zack Wheeler and the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday.
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