Dipoto still looking to improve the bullpen

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:08
The Angels are still in position to return to the playoffs for the first time in four years, and Dipoto is still eager to acquire pieces that can help get them over the hump. The biggest weakness is the bullpen.
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Cardinals find offense, end road swing with victory

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-04 01:00
With a 7-2 victory over the Giants on Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals managed an even split of the 10-game road trip. Carlos Martinez allowed a run and drove in two, and Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer.
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For lifelong fan, visit to Dodger Stadium a Major deal

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:44
Major General Paul Funk II was honored at Dodger Stadium as the Bank of America Veteran of the Game on Monday, receiving a rousing round of applause from the 45,627 fans in attendance.
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Solarte's struggles at plate get him sent to Triple-A

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:40
Yangervis Solarte, who won a job on the Yankees roster with his bat in Spring Training and proceeded to keep hitting through the first week of June, was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Wednesday's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay. The Yankees replaced Solarte by signing infielder Zelous Wheeler.
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Peralta powers Cardinals past Giants 7-2 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:38

Jhonny Peralta knew he hit it well. Peralta's two-run homer produced the first runs scored by St. Louis in its first at-bat since June 18, a span of 14 games, leading the Cardinals past the reeling San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Thursday. Carlos Martinez (2-3) earned his second win as a starter and added a two-run single for the Cardinals, who won their second straight after losing three in a row. ''It was good to start it off in the first inning.'' Madison Bumgarner (9-6) fell to 0-3 over his past four home starts after allowing five runs - four earned - and six hits over five innings.

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Rangers scratch Darvish with uncertainty of weather

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:16
The Rangers scratched pitcher Yu Darvish from his start on Thursday against the Orioles because of the uncertainty about the weather. Scott Baker started in his place. Darvish is now scheduled to pitch on Friday against the Mets at Citi Field.
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Texas pushes Darvish back a day because of rain (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:14
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish had his start pushed back one day after rain delayed the start of Thursday night's game against the Orioles.
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Odd man out inevitable in All-Star selection process

Major League Baseball - Fri, 2014-07-04 00:02
Sixty-six of the 68 All-Star spots will be filled and finalists will be named for the Final Vote to complete the teams, and the only thing that's guaranteed is that there will be outrage somewhere at the results.
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Dodgers recall INF Arruebarrena from Triple-A (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-07-03 23:59
DENVER (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to the Isotopes.
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Wheeler debuts for Yankees; Sabathia has setback (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-07-03 23:46

CC Sabathia's return to the New York Yankees has been set back because of swelling in his injured right knee. Sabathia woke up Thursday with the problem, a day after making his second rehabilitation start. Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia was sent for an MRI and the organization was conferring with doctors about the next step. The Yankees were aiming for his return soon after the All-Star break.

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Rockies activate 3B Arenado from 15-day DL (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-07-03 23:27

The Colorado Rockies activated third baseman Nolan Arenado from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and optioned left-hander Christian Friedrich to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Arenado was set to play Thursday night and bat sixth against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series. ''I've been fortunate enough to never go on the DL (before), so that was something I took a lot of pride in and I was fortunate in that,'' Arenado said. To be back out here is refreshing.'' Arenado broke the middle finger on his left hand sliding into second base in Atlanta on May 23.

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Ausmus downplays risks of HR derby participation (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-07-03 23:25
Brad Ausmus scoffs at the idea that the home run derby could cause a slugger to go into a slump. ''It doesn't bother me if they want to do it,'' the Detroit manager said before Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. ''I find it hard to believe that one round of batting practice is going to ruin your swing for the next three months.'' The derby is part of the festivities surrounding the All-Star game, and past winners of the contest include stars Prince Fielder, David Ortiz and Ryan Howard. Yoenis Cespedes of Oakland won last year.
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Sabathia's swollen right knee prompts MRI

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-07-03 22:37
After a workout the day before, left-handed ace CC Sabathia woke up on Thursday morning with swelling in his right knee, and he underwent an MRI. The Yankees have no timetable for his return.
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A's agree to extension at Coliseum through 2024

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-07-03 20:32
The A's and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority have agreed on a 10-year lease extension to keep the club at the Coliseum through the 2024 season.
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Streaking Braves finding different ways to win (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-07-03 19:47

The Braves, finding new ways to create runs, have regained the lead in the NL East with their best two-week stretch of the season. It's even more impressive when considering during that period starting pitcher Gavin Floyd had season-ending elbow surgery and power-hitting catcher Evan Gattis was lost indefinitely with a back injury. The Braves were off on Thursday, but will carry a seven-game winning streak into Friday night's game against Arizona. Atlanta has won 11 of its last 14 games to move one-half game ahead of Washington.

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A's finalize 10-year deal to remain at Coliseum (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-07-03 18:51
The Oakland Athletics have finalized an agreement on a 10-year extension to play at the Coliseum through the 2024 season. The deal was approved Thursday by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. The deal still needs to be formally approved by the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors later this month. The deal settles all outstanding issues between the two sides, including a dispute of past rent owed by the A's. The A's will spend more than $10 million on a new scoreboard and the Coliseum Authority will pay for any structural improvements that will be in place by opening day 2015.
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Yanks' minor leaguer Aceves suspended 50 games (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-07-03 18:47
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Yankees minor league pitcher Alfredo Aceves has received a 50-game suspension after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
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Wainwright stymies Giants in Cardinals' 2-0 win (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2014-07-03 06:14

Adam Wainwright will take the win and run. Wainwright allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings, Matt Carpenter continued to feast on San Francisco pitching, and the Cardinals ended a scoring drought, beating the Giants 2-0 Wednesday night. ''To come away with a way on a night I walked the pitcher, I'll run out of here,'' Wainwright said. ''That was a big win for us.'' Carpenter had three hits and drove in a run, improving to .520 (26 for 50) against the Giants to help the Cardinals end a three-game losing streak.

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Orioles use power, small ball to rally past Rangers

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-07-03 05:29
The Orioles had to be more than just home run hitters to overcome a four-run deficit and beat the Rangers, 6-4, on Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
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Garcia gives White Sox walk-off victory in damp finale

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2014-07-03 05:21
Leury Garcia's one-out single in the ninth inning lifted the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night in Chicago. Left-hander John Danks struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings, but a pair of solo homers left him with a no-decision.
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