8/22/2013 | October firsts: Postseason droughts could end soon
The date happens to be the start of the postseason this year, and there's really only one such date on the calendar every year. But there is the potential for a lot of October firsts this year. Several teams and players could be ending long postseason droughts, reaching October for the first time in a long time, or ever.
8/22/2013 | Simple approach working for Venable
Princeton grad Will Venable is enjoying his best season offensively, because he's no longer overthinking when he goes to the plate.
8/22/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: August 22
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
8/22/2013 | Izturis becomes latest Blue Jay to land on DL
The injuries continue to pile up for the Blue Jays, as infielder Maicer Izturis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday morning with a sprained left ankle.
8/22/2013 | Melky may be sidelined for rest of season
Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera likely will miss the rest of the season because of a left knee injury.
8/22/2013 | Youkilis holding onto hope of returning this season
Kevin Youkilis is making progress in his recovery from June back surgery. Nothing exciting right now, he said, but still progress.
8/22/2013 | Claiborne returns to Yanks, replaces Nix on roster
On Thursday, reliever Preston Claiborne was recalled to fill the spot on the 25-man roster vacated by infielder Jayson Nix, who was placed on the disabled list with a fractured left hand suffered in Wednesday's game.
8/22/2013 | Yanks sweep Jays to gain in playoff chase
Andy Pettitte's strong effort on the mound after a three-hour and thirty-two minute rain delay at the start combined with some timely hitting by the Yankees' offense to help lead New York to a 5-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Toronto on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
8/22/2013 | Nicasio learning to battle through tough times
The difference between Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio now and earlier this year, before he was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs, was in full display on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
8/22/2013 | Brothers one-third of Rockies' stout 'pen trio
Even though Rex Brothers' availability was in question on Thursday night after three consecutive days of work, manager Walt Weiss is thrilled to have the lefty in his bullpen to go with closer Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle.
8/22/2013 | Phillies having Howard get in baseball shape
First baseman Ryan Howard is recovering from left knee surgery in July, and it became clear on Thursday that the Phillies see little point in rushing him back for a handful of games at season's end.
8/22/2013 | Bernadina gets first starting shot with Phillies
Outfielder Roger Bernadina hopes to take advantage of the opportunity he is getting from the Phillies. He got his first real chance on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, where he started in center field against the Rockies.
8/22/2013 | Asche impressing with his work on defense
Phillies third baseman Cody Asche entered Thursday's game against the Rockies hitting .200 (13-for-65) with four doubles, two triples and nine RBIs. The Phillies believe the hitting will come, but he's already impressed defensively.
8/22/2013 | Phillies feeling walk-off fever against Rockies
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick gave up a go-ahead three run homer in the sixth, but the Phillies rallied for four runs in the final two innings, including Domonic Brown's RBI single for a 5-4 walk-off win over the Rockies on Thursday night.
8/22/2013 | Chapman steps to plate after mix-up on entry
With the Reds holding a commanding 8-0 lead after four innings on Wednesday night, it seemed unlikely closer Aroldis Chapman would be needed to pitch. Four innings later, Chapman not only pitched, he also registered his first career at-bat.
8/22/2013 | Reds taking hard road, but destination within reach
The Reds played a game in Cincinnati on Wednesday night, beneath the glow of a full moon, that was entirely more arduous than it needed to be. But in a year in which pretty much everything has been a little bit more difficult than expected, why should this particular game be any different?
8/22/2013 | Dickey joins baseball fraternity in applauding Ichiro
Even as play paused for a celebration on the field, Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey couldn't help but appreciate the moment he had just surrendered -- Ichiro Suzuki's 4,000th hit between the Japan and U.S. Major Leagues.
8/21/2013 | Puig shakes off questions about limp
Yasiel Puig not only has a flair for the dramatic, he has a flair for drama. He limped during three at-bats Wednesday night, and manager Don Mattingly confirmed that Puig had "something behind his calf area." But when reporters asked Puig after Wednesday night's game about his leg, interpreter Roman Barinas relayed this response: "No. He doesn't have anything bothering him."
8/21/2013 | Hanley tries to drop liner, turn double play
Hanley Ramirez, the hitting star for the Dodgers on Wednesday night, tried to get cute in the field, but umpires would have none of it.
8/21/2013 | Hairston's pinch-hit poke propels Nats to victory
Scott Hairston came through in a pinch for the Nationals on Wednesday night. Washington blew a five-run fifth-inning lead, but Hairston's pinch-hit three-run homer with two outs in the seventh propelled the Nationals to an 11-6 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
8/21/2013 | Stassi plunked in face for first career RBI
Max Stassi left Wednesday night's 5-4 loss at Rangers Ballpark in the eighth inning after he was hit in the face by a pitch. He was sent to a hospital after the incident for further evaluation. Stassi was expected to remain there overnight.
8/21/2013 | Elvis gives Rangers walk-off win against Astros
Elvis Andrus delivered a sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rangers a 5-4 victory and a three-game sweep over the Astros on Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark.
8/21/2013 | Top Streaker takes day off chasing $5.6M
Clement Uduk, current Beat the Streak leader with 40 straight successful selections, chose to sit tight Wednesday and not make a pick as he chases the game's $5.6 million prize.
8/21/2013 | Greinke dazzles in Miami for latest Dodgers gem
Zack Greinke pitched eight solid innings in a 4-1 win over the Marlins, and Hanley Ramirez keyed a three-run fourth inning with an RBI double against the team that traded him and the pitcher for which he was traded.
8/21/2013 | Young walks off against Rockies
Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz tied the game, setting up Michael Young, who two batters later hit the winning single to left field to give the Phillies a 4-3 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday night.
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