9/7/2013 | Kawasaki gets rare start at second base
Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki got a rare start at second base on Saturday night, as the club decided to give rookie Ryan Goins a day off.
9/7/2013 | Sierra day to day after leaving with back tightness
Blue Jays outfielder Moises Sierra was forced to depart Saturday night's game against the Twins with tightness in his lower back, and he's listed as day to day.
9/7/2013 | Capps' pickoff critical in victory over Rays
While Carter Capps struggled through a tough eighth inning in Friday's 6-4 win over the Rays, the hard-throwing right-hander helped himself considerably by picking pinch-runner Sean Rodriguez off second base after Tampa Bay had put two on with no out to start the frame.
9/7/2013 | Hultzen continues to improve with new motion
Danny Hultzen, the Mariners' top left-handed pitching prospect, threw three simulated innings prior to Saturday's game at Safeco Field as he continued working on a revamped arm motion designed to alleviate the pressure on his left arm.
9/7/2013 | Farquhar rolling as Mariners' new closer
New Mariners closer Danny Farquhar has been outstanding since replacing Tom Wilhelmsen at the start of August, to the point where his 13 saves since Aug. 3 are the most of any Major League reliever in that span.
9/7/2013 | Miley eyes back-to-back 10-win seasons
The series finale between the D-backs and Giants features a matchup of dueling southpaws as Arizona's Wade Miley looks to become only the second lefty in team history to win 10 or more games in back-to-back seasons and San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner aims for his first win since Aug. 2 due to a lack of run support.
9/7/2013 | Paxton impresses, earns victory in MLB debut
About 12 hours after learning his grandfather died in nearby Vancouver, British Columbia, left-hander James Paxton won his Major League debut with an impressive six-inning outing Saturday as the Mariners topped the Rays, 6-2, at Safeco Field.
9/7/2013 | Matheny relates to Kozma's struggles with bat
With a bunt single Friday night, Pete Kozma snapped an 0-for-33 skid that had him without a hit since Aug. 11, a struggle Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny is no stranger to himself.
9/7/2013 | D-backs edge Giants via McCarthy's gem
Brandon McCarthy allowed one run on six hits in eight strong innings, outpitching Matt Cain in the D-backs 2-1 win over the Giants Saturday at AT&T Park.
9/7/2013 | Marte activated from DL, but gripping bat an issue
Starling Marte was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Pirates prior to Saturday night's game against the Cardinals -- but his initial availability figures to be quite limited.
9/7/2013 | Walters gets keepsake after breaking up no-hitter
Zach Walters' big league debut on Friday was a memorable one, breaking up the Marlins' Jose Fernandez's no-hit bid in the sixth inning with a dribbler down the third-base line.
9/7/2013 | Kazmir combating fatigue with variety of methods
During the Tribe's recent road trip to Atlanta, Scott Kazmir underwent a pair of cryogenic therapy sessions with the idea of helping some of the late-season fatigue he had experienced. On Friday night against the Mets, Kazmir went out and struck out 12 hitters in six shutout innings en route to an 8-1 win for Cleveland.
9/7/2013 | Gomes getting bulk of playing time at catcher
When the Indians acquired Yan Gomes in an offseason trade with the Blue Jays, Cleveland made it clear that it considered him a candidate to be an everyday catcher at some point in the future. The Tribe did not know he would seize that job by September.
9/7/2013 | Young Indians fan Niko presented with home run balls
It sure seemed as though fate was involved when it comes to the story of 8-year-old Indians fan Niko Lanzarotta. Lanzarotta -- diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 8 months old -- asked Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis if they could each hit a home run for him on Aug. 24. Both came through on the promised blasts, and the fans who caught the home run balls presented Lanzarotta and his family with the baseballs prior to Saturday's game against the Mets.
9/7/2013 | Bogaerts notches first big league home run
When the soaring blast left his bat, Xander Bogaerts couldn't immediately soak in the joy of his first Major League home run.
9/7/2013 | Straily's gem keeps A's on top in AL West
The A's are a season-best 22 games over .500 and will go to bed Saturday night with the American League West lead intact after their 2-1 victory in a matinee with the Astros at O.co Coliseum.
9/7/2013 | Lester looks to brush aside rival Yankees
Looking to complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees, the Red Sox have Jon Lester on the mound opposite Hiroki Kuroda in Sunday afternoon's series finale.
9/7/2013 | Callup Pinto tearing it up in Majors
Josmil Pinto has been making the most of his first taste of the big leagues, as the catcher is hitting .643 (9-for-14) with a homer and two doubles in his first four games with the Twins.
9/7/2013 | Colabello finding success with tweaked mechanics
Chris Colabello said a fix in his swing mechanics has led to better results at the plate. Colabello has been on fire through the first five games of September, hitting .400 with three homers, a double and eight RBIs after going hitless in his final seven games of August.
9/7/2013 | No statute of limitations on Big Red Machine greatness
Youth correspondent Meggie Zahneis -- too young to remember the great Reds teams of the 1970s -- watched in awe as the players reunited on Saturday for the unveiling of the Joe Morgan statue at Great American Ball Park.
9/7/2013 | Span returns to lineup, still day to day
Nationals center fielder Denard Span was back in the lineup and batting leadoff on Saturday, a day after tightness in his right groin made him a late scratch in Washington's 7-0 loss to the Marlins.
9/7/2013 | Nats tip cap to Marlins' ace Fernandez
In a division with some of baseball's top aces, the Nationals added Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez to the list after his dominating performance Friday night.
9/7/2013 | Harper to travel to DC to meet with team doctor
Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will fly to Washington D.C. on Sunday to visit team physician, Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, about the soreness in his left hip.
9/7/2013 | Hurdle not worried about Burnett, Liriano
In the Pirates' first two cracks at a seminal 82nd win to secure their first winning season in 21, co-aces Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett each lasted only three innings. Manager Clint Hurdle isn't worried and is already anticipating the tandem's next appearances.
9/7/2013 | Kershaw, Bailey set to duel in series finale
The Reds and Dodgers conclude a three-game series on Sunday at Great American Ball Park with what should be a great pitchers' duel: Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw vs. Reds righty Homer Bailey.
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