Tigers closer Joe Nathan struck out the side in order for just the second time this season Thursday night, and he needed just 12 pitches to do it. After drawing just six swings and misses from May 12-28, he saw six whiffs in his latest outing. Four of those came on a slider that has become a project of his in recent weeks.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was removed in the top of the fifth of Friday's game against the Pirates for reasons that are currently unclear.
The Yankees chased veteran Mark Buehrle after three innings and uncharacteristically slugged their way to a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Ichiro Suzuki's first homer of the season led the way for New York.
Ryan Sweeney drove in four runs, including three on his second homer of the year, Travis Wood hit a solo shot and Luis Valbuena smacked a go-ahead two-run blast with one out in the seventh to power the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals on Friday in front of 41,534, the largest crowd of the season at Wrigley Field.
When Kendrys Morales returned to Seattle earlier this month as a member of the Minnesota Twins, he said that he'd ''moved on'' after his one season with the Mariners. It's a surprise and I'm glad to be here.'' The Mariners traded minor league pitcher Stephen Pryor to get the 31-year-old Morales. ''I just want him to be a stabilizer, drive in runs, good at-bats, productive at-bats,'' Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. He'll be a nice piece to have in our lineup.'' Morales hit 23 home runs with 80 RBIs last year in his one season with the Mariners.
All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez returned to the Dodgers' starting lineup for Friday night's series opener against the Giants after missing all three starts in Pittsburgh with hand injuries.
Dan Uggla needed a fresh start. The San Francisco Giants needed a healthy second baseman who could step in and produce. A week after being released by the Atlanta Braves and just days after signing a minor league deal with San Francisco, the Giants purchased Uggla's contract from Triple-A Fresno. They put him in the starting lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole will begin his rehab assignment Monday following his hefty 60-pitch bullpen session Friday in Indianapolis as he works his way back from right lat soreness.
Injuries to infielders Ehire Adrianza and Marco Scutaro forced the Giants to call up Dan Uggla after only a two-game tuneup at Triple-A. The three-time former Braves All-Star started at second base and batted seventh on Friday against the Dodgers' Zack Greinke.
After being hampered by a series of injuries earlier in the season, outfielder Ryan Braun is starting to resemble his past self.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins plan to bring up left-hander Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester to start Saturday against the Chicago White Sox in place of ailing Kyle Gibson.
Designated hitter Kendrys Morales came full circle on Friday, returning to the Mariners team that he left last winter when he tried his luck on the free-agent market.
Mark Appel notched his second win for Class A Lancaster on Thursday night, much to the delight of Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.
After experiencing discomfort in his elbow during his outing Thursday night, Daisuke Matsuzaka was back in New York on Friday afternoon getting checked out by team doctors.
Jeff Francoeur has played at Turner Field since the Braves traded him to the Mets in July 2009, but this return to his hometown is not as uneasy as previous trips.
Grady Sizemore chopped up a single up the middle in the first inning on Friday for his 1,000th career hit.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has progressed to hitting soft toss on Friday, but he's still not sure when he'll hit against live pitching.
Rays outfielder Wil Myers has started swinging a bat for the first time since fracturing his right wrist against the Red Sox in late May.
Newly acquired left-hander Chris Capuano will join the New York Yankees' rotation and take the spot of Chase Whitley, who is being moved to the bullpen. Capuano will start Saturday against Toronto, with Shane Greene pushed back to Sunday. David Phelps, Brandon McCarthy are Hiroki Kuroda are New York's other starters, with only Kuroda left from the original rotation that was decimated by injuries to CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda.
Legendary Braves manager Bobby Cox will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, a proud moment for Royals skipper Ned Yost, who spent 12 seasons on Cox's coaching staff in Atlanta.