7/12/2013 | Braves legend Aaron visits Baker, Reds clubhouse
For Reds manager Dusty Baker, a trip to Atlanta just wouldn't be the same without getting to see legendary Hank Aaron. On Friday afternoon, Aaron, the Braves' senior vice president, came to the Reds clubhouse to visit Baker.
7/12/2013 | Crain making daily progress in injury rehab
With a little pain still existing when he throws, White Sox reliever Jesse Crain is on the border of throwing to get better but not pushing his right shoulder strain too far.
7/12/2013 | Challenger-Champions game at Citi Field thrills kids
Local children from Little League's Challenger and PONY Baseball/Softball's Champions divisions received a thrill on Friday, having the chance to play on the same field Major League All-Stars will play on in Tuesday's All-Star Game at Citi Field.
7/12/2013 | Astros option Cosart back to Triple-A after gem
Jarred Cosart's reward for such an impressive debut was a return ticket back to Triple-A Oklahoma City, getting optioned back to the Minors until at least through the All-Star break. However, the 23-year-old may want to pack lightly, as his audition at Tropicana Field should get him back to the Majors in short time.
7/12/2013 | Pirates glad Alvarez will get his shot in Derby
To Pedro Alvarez, the 2013 Chevrolet Home Run Derby is "just BP, right?" which could be a good thing because, to his Pirates teammates, nobody takes batting practice quite like Alvarez, who belted a two-run homer in his first at-bat Friday night against the Mets.
7/12/2013 | Heyward likely to avoid DL after hamstring injury
Braves right fielder Jason Heyward remains day to day in his return from a strained right hamstring that forced his early exit from Thursday's game against the Reds.
7/12/2013 | Zimmermann won't play in All-Star Game
Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann has decided not to play in the 2013 All-Star Game because of tightness in his neck. Zimmermann will, however, take his family to the event at Citi Field in New York and suit up for the National League in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic.
7/12/2013 | Arroyo capitalizes on head start to shut down Braves
Bronson Arroyo threw seven terrific innings, limiting the Braves to one run and three hits in a 4-2 win over Atlanta on Friday night. The Reds put up three runs in the first inning.
7/12/2013 | Escobar productive lower in KC's batting order
After Alcides Escobar batted in the No. 2 spot in the Royals' order for 15 of his previous 16 games, the shortstop was dropped to the bottom of the order again on Friday night, batting seventh against the Indians.
7/12/2013 | McGee comes through, fills in for Rodney
Rays manager Joe Maddon found himself clinging to a one-run lead on Thursday but Fernando Rodney had appeared in three consecutive games. Maddon instead handed the ball to seventh-inning specialist Jake McGee.
7/12/2013 | Marlins a different team since last meeting with Nats
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg saw several new faces in the opposing dugout as he prepared for his start at Marlins Park on Friday night. Miami has added five key bats and three new starting pitchers since playing Washington twice in April.
7/12/2013 | Tepesch behind Darvish, Ogando in recovery
The Rangers are hoping some of their starting pitchers will be ready to come off the disabled list after the All-Star break. Nick Tepesch is not likely to be in the first wave.
7/12/2013 | Utley gets a full night off because of rainout
Before Friday's game was postponed by inclement weather, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was out of the lineup for the first time since returning from an oblique injury last month.
7/12/2013 | Kelly, Cards 'pen team up to take down Cubs
Joe Kelly allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings and the bullpen closed things out as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 3-2, on Friday at Wrigley Field.
7/12/2013 | Salazar may be candidate for post-break start
The Indians are planning adjustments to their starting rotation during the four-day All-Star break next week. At this point, all that seems certain is that Cleveland would prefer to have All-Star Justin Masterson start the first game of the second half in Minnesota.
7/12/2013 | O's All-Star starters show what got them there
On Friday night, Baltimore's trio of All-Star starters, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Chris Davis, showed the kind of star power they possess. Each blasted a home run, as the Orioles -- baseball's far-and-away leader with 128 home runs on the season -- mashed their way to an 8-5 series-opening win over the Blue Jays.
7/12/2013 | Hunter: 'I've never been thrown at my head this much'
The Tigers believe they have had too many pitches thrown near their batters' heads this season.
7/12/2013 | Friday's Phillies-White Sox game postponed
The Phillies postponed Friday's game against the White Sox at Citizens Bank Park because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, with the originally scheduled game starting an hour earlier at 3:05 p.m. ET and the makeup game starting at 8:15 p.m.
7/12/2013 | Yadier's knee better, should be OK for ASG
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said the troublesome right knee that kept him out of a game a week ago is improving steadily and he'll probably make the start for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
7/12/2013 | As injuries pile up, Yanks' hole gets deeper
The Yankees' tough season continued Friday with another setback, this one to Derek Jeter. First it was Curtis Granderson, then Kevin Youkilis, Mark Teixeira and Jeter. The faithful all awaited these players' return, believing the impact would be significant. But it wasn't to be. All four returned for what seemed like a brief moment before being injured once again, placing the Yankees in a hole that's getting tougher to climb out of.
7/12/2013 | Delabar was mid-flight when he won Final Vote
By now, the news is out that reliever Steve Delabar is headed to the All-Star Game after coming out on top in the American League Final Vote. But Delabar, surprisingly, wasn't one of the first to know.
7/12/2013 | Fister rides five-run first to victory over Rangers
Doug Fister allowed two runs in six strong innings and the Tigers' offense gave him plenty of early support with five runs in the first and two in the second in Friday's 7-2 win over the Rangers.
7/12/2013 | Asencio makes season debut, Stinson sent down
Seeking right-handed relief help, the Orioles selected the contract of Jairo Asencio from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Friday's game, optioning Josh Stinson to clear a spot on the 25-man roster. The 30-year-old pitched in Friday's 8-5 win over the Blue Jays, throwing a scoreless seventh inning with two strikeouts.
7/12/2013 | Cardinals hope Holliday can avoid DL stint
The Cardinals are hopeful that star outfielder Matt Holliday will be able to avoid a trip to the 15-day disabled list because of the right hamstring injury that caused him to leave a game at Wrigley Field on Thursday night.
7/12/2013 | Indians start right as Kluber cools off Royals
Right-hander Corey Kluber fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts, while Carlos Santana's RBI single fueled a decisive three-run seventh for the Tribe in a 3-0 win over the Royals on Friday night at Progressive Field.
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