Infielders Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe joined the New York Mets on Saturday, and manager Terry Collins made it clear that anyone who hits will remain in the lineup. ''Whoever is swinging the bat is going to play,'' Collins said before Saturday night's game against the Dodgers. ''If Juan is tearing it up, then he's going to play.
Randy Johnson never shied away from showing emotion when he was on the mound, as he has admitted, and not just intensity, but anger as well.
The Atlanta Braves have activated first baseman Freddie Freeman from the 15-day disabled list but he was not in the lineup against the Cardinals because he was traveling and not expected to land in St. Louis until close to game time. Freeman was placed on the DL on June 23, retroactive to June 15, with a right wrist contusion. The Braves totaled 83 runs in the 30 games Freeman missed, an average of 2.8 per game, and went 13-17 in his absence.
When Steve Cishek heard he might be traded, the side-arm reliever hoped it would be to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals added Cishek to the roster Saturday, bolstering a bullpen that's been heavily used, and optioned rookie lefty Tim Cooney to Triple-A Memphis. ''I just remember telling my wife, if I would be traded to the Cardinals it would be the best situation possible situation,'' Cishek said.
Aramis Ramirez joined the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night and was batting cleanup in his first game back with his old club. The Pirates got Ramirez on Thursday in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. The 37-year-old Ramirez returns to the organization that signed him as an amateur from the Dominican Republic and brought him to the major leagues as a 19-year-old in 1998.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is pitching a no-hitter through seven innings against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Baseball's biggest legends have welcomed Craig Biggio into their select fraternity, and Biggio will join the club when he's inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson on Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis is out of the lineup because of a stiff neck.
Anthony Rendon was activated from the disabled list by the Washington Nationals and in the starting lineup at second base Saturday night against Pittsburgh. In six games on a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac, he went 8 for 17 with three walks. ''I feel like I'm swinging the bat well and have my timing at the plate, which is what I wanted to accomplish down there,'' Rendon said.
For this weekend, Craig Biggio will be mentioned dozens, if not hundreds, of times with his fellow Hall of Fame inductees: Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez. But there is really only one player whom Biggio will forever be linked to, now, and 100 years from now: Jeff Bagwell, his teammate for 15 years during the most fruitful era of the Astros' 50-plus year history.
Pedro Martinez was beaming on the eve of his monumental day, and for reasons deeper than the pitching dominance that paved his way to the Hall of Fame. For Martinez, Sunday's induction isn't merely about him, but his country.
There have been words of encouragement from Tom Seaver and coffee with George Brett. There was a fireside chat with Gaylord Perry and a stroll down memory lane with Bobby Cox.
TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays have activated pitcher Aaron Sanchez off the disabled list and optioned reliever Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia returned to the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right hamstring after the same injury caused him to miss 16 games before the All-Star break. The team also recalled right-hander Steven Wright before its game against Detroit. ''Yesterday, him being down was because of some soreness,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Hunter Pence collected four hits to back Jake Peavy's six-plus innings of three-run ball as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics, 9-3, in the series opener Friday night at AT&T Park.
Hunter Pence has been a big part of San Francisco's resurgence since returning from left wrist tendinitis earlier this month. Manager Bruce Bochy is not surprised. Pence had four hits and drove in two runs, Brandon Belt had three RBIs and the Giants won their third straight, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-3 in an interleague game Friday night.
Multiple sources say the A's are actively shopping infielder Ben Zobrist now that left-hander Scott Kazmir is out the door and with his hometown Houston club. The impending free agent, whose value lies in his versatility, is very much privy to such rumors and acknowledged Friday he wouldn't be surprised to be dealt.
Double-A Corpus Christi coasted to a 9-3 win over Frisco thanks to three combined homers from top prospects. Teoscar Hernandez did most of the damage, swatting two deep balls and finishing 2-for-5 with four RBIs.
With the game tied, 1-1, with two outs in the bottom of the fifth Friday night, Yonder Alonso and Matt Kemp hit back-to-back home runs, solidifying the Padres' 3-1 win over the Marlins.
Clubs have asked the Rangers about Colby Lewis as the Trade Deadline approaches, and the frequency of phone calls may increase after he held the Angels to two runs over 7 2/3 innings in a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium.