• Matt Harrison returns to the Texas Rangers rotation on Sunday

    Dallas Morning News "A year and 19 days after his last major league start, LHP Matt Harrison will return to the Texas Rangers starting rotation on Sunday in Seattle, manager Ron Washington said Wednesday. The Rangers will go with LHP Robbie Ross, RHP Colby Lewis and Harrison, who is coming back from back Surgery,..." April 23

  • Wrigley's centennial celebration on tap today

    MLB.com "One hundred years ago, on April 23, 1914, Weeghman Park hosted its first game as the Chi-Feds played the Kansas City Packers. It was the eighth game of the Federal League season, and 21,000 fans filled the new ballpark at Clark and Addison Streets. Catcher Art Wilson hit two home runs to back..." April 23

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    OF Willy Taveras playing in Mexico, trying to get back to majors. Has .363 OBP and 7-for-7 in stolen-base attempts in 18 games.

  • Bryce Harper stopped hustling three days after getting benched for not hustling

    USA Today "It was lost in the hullabaloo over 500th home runs and generous Air Force servicemen, but Tuesday night’s Nationals-Angels game featured more base-running drama from Bryce Harper. Three days after being benched by new manager Matt Williams for a “lack of hustle” on the base paths, Harper did it..." April 23

  • Brewers prospect Johnny Hellweg likely needs Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Brewers pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg, who was acquired from the Angels as part of the Zack Greinke swap in July of 2012, has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and is expected to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery." April 23

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Brandon Cumpton indeed scratched from tonight’s start for Indy. Looks like he’ll make #Pirates start Thursday afternoon, in Wandy’s spot.

  • Back and ready: It's Cole Hamels time

    CSN Philly "The wait is over. Cole Hamels makes his 2014 season debut Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium. “I’m excited to see him,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It’s been a while. This is the day I’ve been waiting for. I like the possibilities of this rotation and..." April 23

  • Newly acquired Ike Davis savors opportunity to play regularly

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Ike Davis is looking forward to playing more regularly with the Pirates, something he did not get to do with the New York Mets before being traded last week. "Getting the chance to play every day, you have chances to have good days," said Davis, who had 24 at-bats for the Mets. "That's the..." April 23

  • Padres Headley hits winning HR in 2-1 victory over Brewers

    San Diego Union-Tribune "On and on the pitches hummed here Tuesday night, the bats dragging behind nearly every plate appearance of the way. It was a sensation familiar to the Padres and a bit more foreign to the Brewers, who came in with the National League’s premier record. More than once, the landscape threatened to..." April 23

  • Ruiz's hustle pays off in Phillies' 10-inning win over Dodgers

    CSN Philly "Carlos Ruiz smiled and thought back to his minor league days. “They always told you, ‘Run hard every time. You never know,’” Ruiz said late Tuesday night. Just a few minutes earlier, Ruiz popped a ball up to left field with one out in the 10th inning of a tie game. He was so frustrated by..." April 23

  • Mike Olt's 3-run homer in 5th lift Cubs to 9-2 victory over Diamondbacks

    Chicago Tribune "The only memento that will be missing from Wednesday's celebration is a World Series banner from the past 100 seasons at Wrigley Field. "I don't think I need that kind of reminder," Cubs President Theo Epstein said Tuesday night. "That's not what I'm going to think about.'' The Cubs provided..." April 23

  • McHugh dominates Mariners in Astros second consecutive win

    Houston Chronicle "Collin McHugh knew he was going to the majors, but until late Monday night, he wasn’t positive what his role would be. He stayed off social media, so he didn’t find out until he ran into pitching coach Brent Strom at the team hotel in Seattle. “He was like, ‘Yeah, you’re starting, and I was..." April 23

  • Redemption song for Rangers as goats become heroes in 5-4 win over Oakland

    Dallas Morning News "Having lost two leads earlier in the game, lost two players to injuries and seemingly lost the tying run on a blown squeeze bunt, the Rangers still managed to score twice after they were down to their last strike on Tuesday to steal a 5-4 win from AL West rival Oakland. No. 9 hitter Josh..." April 23

  • Jacoby, Yanks rout Red Sox at Fenway

    New York Post "This version of the Red Sox isn’t last year’s model due to free-agent defections, injuries and the pixie dust not being as thick. Twenty-one games into the season, the clearest indicator is the way the Yankees have handled the defending world champions. Jacoby Ellsbury, a Red Sox defector..." April 23

  • Rockies defeat Giants behind strong outing by Franklin Morales

    Denver Post "Franklin Morales got a new hat in the mail last week, a dress western silver Stetson, right out of a big box. It's too wide to fit on the shelf in his locker and too nice to keep on the floor. His pitches are similarly outsized, proper by nature but ready to go rugged and dusty. On Tuesday..." April 23

  • Price goes distance in 7-3 win over Twins

    Tampa Tribune "You didn’t need replay to see if the move to drop David DeJesus down in the order was the right one. It was. Or if David Price could shake off his tough night against the New York Yankees his last time out. He could. Now, balls and strikes during Yunel Escobar’s fifth inning at-bat? Might..." April 23

  • Jose Fernandez strikes out 14 to help Miami Marlins beat Atlanta Braves

    Miami Herald "Jose Fernandez said his breaking ball was “horrible” as he was warming up in the bullpen. It definitely made a quick recovery. Facing a Braves lineup he beat in the final start of his Rookie of the Year season last September, Fernandez put on another one of his clinics Tuesday night. The..." April 23

  • Tigers beat White Sox as bullpen barely holds big lead

    Detroit News "No offense to Charlie Leesman, probably a pleasant chap, but he’s not Chris Sale. And no offense to Miguel Cabrera of the first 16 games, but he was not the hitter who will probably show up for the next 145 — which is how many games remain after the Tigers’ 8-6 victory over the White Sox..." April 23

  • Encarnacion finally goes deep, Jays roll past Orioles 9-3

    Toronto Star "Well, at least Edwin Encarnacion isn’t alone when it comes to slow starts by American League sluggers. Several of the league’s most prized hitters have stumbled out of the gate, including Encarnacion, who was homerless until a monster shot that helped the Jays to a 9-3 win Tuesday night over the..." April 23

  • Waino is bueno, Cards topple Mets

    Viva El Birdos "Jon Jay gets another start in centerfield tonight, despite the expansive Citi Field outfield. With a groundball pitcher, Adam Wainwright, on the mound, and facing the right-handed Dillion Gee, combined with how well Jay has been hitting (or conversely, how poorly Peter Bourjos has been hitting),..." April 23

  • Albert Pujols hits career home run No. 500 in Angels' win over Nationals

    Los Angeles Times "Some 18,000 men have played major league baseball since 1876, and only 26 of them have hit 500 home runs in their career. Albert Pujols joined that exclusive club Tuesday night when he crushed career home run No. 500, a two-run shot to left-center field in the top of the fifth inning off..." April 23

  • Royals break out of offensive slump with 8-2 win over Indians

    Kansas City Star "On this night, in the wake of an 8-2 demolition of the Indians, the only thing Royals designated hitter Billy Butler could lament was the wind. The blustery elements conspired against his scalded blast in the fifth inning, turning what could have been his first home run of the season into a mere..." April 23

  • Cueto close to perfect in Reds' 4-1 win over Pirates

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez, once the young hopes of the Reds rotation, found themselves in an impressive pitchers duel Tuesday night Pittsburgh. Back in 2008 when they joined the rotation, it was anyone's guess who would become the ace. We all know the answer now. Cueto hammered that..." April 23

  • Padres discussing trades for Hundley

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Nearly two years ago, outside the windows of the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, dawn had begun to overtake darkness and, still, Nick Hundley had not slept. Inside a building renowned for paranormal disturbances, Hundley was haunted by the shell of his own self. The Padres were 19 games..." April 23

  • White Sox ace Chris Sale confident in quick return to rotation

    Chicago Sun-Times "Left-hander Chris Sale is relieved and confident. Relieved that there’s no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, and confident that he’ll miss only two starts and be pitching again in two weeks. “Without a doubt,’’ Sale said before the Tigers and Justin Verlander beat..." April 23

  • Albert Pujols makes history with 500th career home run

    SI.com "Albert Pujols is now a member of one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs. With a pair of homers against Washington, Pujols is now the 26th player in baseball history to hit 500 career homers. Pujols becomes the first player since Gary Sheffield in 2009 to reach 500 career homers, and joins Alex..." April 23

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    David O'Brien @ajcbraves

    #Braves traded minor league IF Tyler Greene to the Padres for a player to be named. He'll join Francoeur, Brooks Conrad and Boyer in El Paso

  • Manny Machado to begin minor league rehab assignment on Friday at Class-A Frederick

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is slated to begin his minor league rehab assignment on Friday at the club’s high Class-A affiliate in Frederick. Machado, who is recovering from offseason left knee surgery to repair a torn patellofemoral ligament, played in his third extended spring game..." April 22

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    David O'Brien @ajcbraves

    Minor will make one more minor league rehab outing before rejoining Braves rotation. He'll Pitch Friday for Mississippi.

  • Martin Maldonado suspended five games for brawl

    Hardball Talk "No official word from MLB yet, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended five games and fined $2,500 for his role in Sunday afternoon’s brawl with the Pirates. There will be more news of suspensions coming, likely later this afternoon, but..." April 22

  • White Sox starter Chris Sale placed on 15-day DL

    Chicago Tribune "White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of the flexor mass muscle in his left arm. Sale had been experiencing soreness in his arm after he threw a career-high 127 pitches in his previous start, and he underwent an MRI on Monday night. Sox..." April 22

  • The MLBPA is serious about investigating leaks to reporters regarding Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales

    Hardball Talk "This, I would suspect, stems from the thing a couple of weeks ago when the union got all huffy about anonymous MLB executives talking to Olney about how much money free agents Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales might expect to be paid. The union claimed this violated the CBA — it could constitute..." April 22

  • Chapman could face batters as soon as Wednesday

    MLB.com "The timetable for getting Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in front of hitters again seems to be accelerating even quicker than expected. Chapman, who is trying to return from being hit in the face by a line drive last month, could likely throw live batting practice to hitters as soon as Wednesday..." April 22

  • Yankees activate David Robertson off 15-day DL

    River Ave Blues "As expected, the Yankees have activated closer David Robertson off the 15-day DL, the team announced. He missed the minimum 15 days with a groin strain. Robertson threw in the bullpen last week and pitched in an Extended Spring Training game over the weekend. Bryan Mitchell was returned to..." April 22

  • Choo sprains left ankle, likely out for rest of A's series

    MLB.com "The Rangers will likely be without outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for the next two games against the Athletics after he sprained his left ankle trying to beat out a base hit in the seventh inning on Monday night. X-rays were negative but Choo was pretty sore after the game. He will have an MRI on..." April 22

  • Mike Minor could join the Braves’ rotation as soon as Saturday

    Hardball Talk "The Braves have surprised with a major league-best 1.54 ERA from their starters so far this season, but their rotation is about to get even stronger. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mike Minor could be activated from the disabled list to start Saturday against..." April 22

  • Wandy Rodriguez goes on the disabled list

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates placed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right knee inflammation. It’s unclear how or when Rodriguez injured the knee. He pitched Saturday and was scheduled to pitch Thursday. “Wandy is not sure how he hurt his knee,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle..." April 22

  • Cuddyer hits 15-day DL; Culberson recalled

    MLB.com "Unable to run at close to full effectiveness, the Rockies' Michael Cuddyer accepted placement on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a strain of the lower left hamstring. The start of Cuddyer's stint is retroactive to Friday, which means he will be eligible to return on May 3. Utility..." April 22

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    San Francisco Giants @SFGiants

    David Huff placed on the 15-day DL. OF Juan Perez has been recalled from triple-A Fresno #SFGiants

  • Jacoby Ellsbury returns to Fenway Park for first time as a Yankee

    New York Daily News "CC Sabathia knew it was coming. The moment he signed with the Yankees in December 2008, he understood it would not be a popular decision with his old fan base in Cleveland. When the Yankees made their first trip to play the Indians in late May, the lefthander understood what was waiting for..." April 22

  • Mets say Farnsworth health OK

    ESPN.com "Although Kyle Farnsworth was briefly hunched over in the tunnel to the clubhouse and shaking his forearm postgame after converting Monday's save, the Mets say the newly installed closer actually is "fine." The 38-year-old Farnsworth willingly had acknowledged flexing his forearm after his first..." April 22

  • Overworked bullpen an early concern for the Brewers

    CBSSports.com "At 15-5, the upstart Brewers currently own the best record in all of baseball, with two more wins than any other team. They've been very successful early on for a number of reasons, including their bullpen. Their relievers have the best K/BB (4.33), second-best WHIP (1.03) and sixth-best ERA..." April 22

  • Lee dazzles, Ruiz rewards Sandberg in Phils' win

    CSN Philly "Ryne Sandberg has displayed a little managerial wizardry, a little Ryno Magic, the last couple of days. On Sunday, he used John Mayberry Jr. as a late-game defensive replacement for hard-handed first baseman Ryan Howard. The move proved auspicious when Mayberry dug a ball out of the dirt to..." April 22

  • Rockies maul Giants with five home runs

    Denver Post "The Coors Field water bill went sky high Monday night. The Rockies set off the center-field fountains with five home runs in an 8-2 stomping of San Francisco. Two homers flew off the still-sizzling bat of Charlie Blackmon, who had the first multi-homer game of his career. The onslaught..." April 22

  • Brewers win fourth straight, improve to 15-5

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "How far can a bullpen carry a team? The Milwaukee Brewers are about to find out. Relying one more time on a relief corps that has worked overtime of late, the Brewers held on Monday night for a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres at Miller Park. It was the fourth consecutive victory for..." April 22

  • Astros end losing streak at seven with win over Mariners

    Houston Chronicle "Monday’s 7-2 Astros win made little sense in the context of what came before it. The worst offense in the majors finally busted out against one of the greatest pitchers in the game: the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez. The Astros entered the game hitting .192. The righthanded ace they were facing..." April 22

  • Travis Wood's arm, bat lift Cubs over Diamondbacks 5-1

    Chicago Tribune "During a 19-minute pregame session with reporters that sounded at times like a job interview, Cubs manager Rick Renteria elaborated on the definition of leadership among his players. "One is on-field performance, which can breed confidence between the lines," Renteria said. "The other is..." April 22

  • Rangers rally past Athletics to open three-game series

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yu Darvish’s nemeses so far in his career have been the Oakland Athletics and those pillows he uses in spring training. The A’s, though, have been more annoying than any pain in the neck. Their hitters, one through nine, seem to give Darvish fits by the way they extend at-bats or go against..." April 22

  • Mejia, Mets top Cardinals, 2-0

    New York Post "The blister that knocked Jenrry Mejia out of his last start didn’t slow him down any more than St. Louis did on Monday night. Sure, the Mets offense went into hiding again, fitting considering the new camouflage tops they donned. But Mejia was so good, it didn’t matter. He smothered the..." April 22

  • White Sox break through, beat Tigers, Sanchez

    Chicago Tribune "It took the White Sox more than six innings Monday night at Comerica Park, but they eventually broke through against Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. The Sox scored three runs on four hits in the seventh inning off Sanchez on the way to a 3-1 victory over the Tigers in the opener of a..." April 22