Jaime Garcia turned back the clock to his childhood Friday night. Garcia pitched eight scoreless innings and had an RBI single to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. ''I think I did it a bunch of times in Little League,'' Garcia said of the dual production.
Devon Travis has multiple hits in nine of his past 17 games. Travis hit his second homer of the game in the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Friday night. Travis led off the game with a home run, then ripped a 1-2 pitch from Kelvin Herrera (1-3) into the Royals' bullpen for his first career multihomer game.
Stephen Strasburg seeks his 16th win tonight when takes the mound for the Nationals against the Giants in a possible postseason preview featuring two first-place clubs.
In the ninth inning with two out and one on in the Blue Jays' 4-3 win on Friday night, Josh Donaldson was hit with a high pitch from Royals right-hander Kelvin Herrera. Donaldson popped up and made his way to first after getting checked on by a trainer, but did not appear thrilled after the play.
As Mark Teixeira started to say goodbye, Gary Sanchez began to say hello. Teixeira got two hits after tearfully announcing this will be his final big league season, and the New York beat the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 13-7 Friday night with the help of Starlin Castro's third-inning grand slam off Josh Tomlin. Two days after he was called up from the minors, Sanchez made his first league start behind the plate and threw out Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli trying to steal second base in the first two innings.
Dallas Keuchel looked like the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, and the Houston hitters woke up to support him. Keuchel pitched a three-hitter and the Astros beat Texas for just the second time in 11 tries this season, topping the Rangers 5-0 Friday night. Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in two runs as the Astros closed within 5 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Rangers.
Sean Rodriguez stepped to the plate looking to be aggressive. ''When I try to be too passive, that's when I swing and miss a lot,'' Rodriguez said. Rodriguez connected off Ross Ohlendorf (5-7), a 413-foot drive to the left-field bleachers that gave the Pirates just their second win in seven games in the midst of 12 straight games against teams who are at least 10 games under .500.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Friday's game against the Dodgers in the fourth inning with a left shin contusion.
Gio Gonzalez showed the Giants who was boss -- at least on Friday night, anyway -- as the Nationals defeated the National League West leaders, 5-1, at Nationals Park. Washington has won four straight games, while San Francisco fell to 5-14 since the All-Star break.
The Detroit Tigers can't explain exactly what happened when they went to Boston in late July. Starting with a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Tigers have won nine of their last 10 games. On Friday night, they beat the New York Mets 4-3 to move within two games of first-place Cleveland in the American League Central.
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You only get one chance to make a first impression, as manager Clint Hurdle often says. But for the Pirates, the first impression isn't always a lasting one. Right-hander Ivan Nova will make his Pittsburgh debut on Saturday after joining the club in a Trade Deadline deal with the Yankees. The Pirates believe Nova, effectively replacing Francisco Liriano, will help their rotation down the stretch.
Mike Trout's first inning three-run home run Trout's home run made him one of just five American League players to hit 20 or more before in five seasons before their age-25 season. The others are Mickey Mantle, Tony Conigliaro, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr.
With his single up the middle in the first inning of Friday's 5-1 win over the Giants, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth reached base in his 36th consecutive game, tying the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna for the longest streak in the Majors this season.
The Washington Nationals already have an impressive starting rotation. If Gio Gonzalez returns to form, the NL East race may soon develop into a runaway. Gonzalez pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Trea Turner and Wilson Ramos homered and the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Friday night in a matchup of first-place teams.
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An A's employee has been suspended and an independent law firm has concluded an investigation after a hidden camera was found within the team's weight room, the team confirmed on Friday. The story was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
On Saturday, the Mariners will retire Ken Griffey Jr's No. 24 before a sold-out crowd Safeco Field. "It's pretty neat I get to enjoy it with the people who have seen me from a teenager to a 40-year-old," he said.
The Oakland Athletics say a team employee has been suspended after it was discovered he hid a camera inside the weight room at the Coliseum. Strength and conditioning coach Mike Henriques was sent home when the A's were on a recent road trip. Henriques said he set up the camera to watch players working out and rehabilitating from injuries.