8/16/2013 | Dirt a key part of Prado's walk-off celebration
For the D-backs, it was quite a three-game series against the Orioles, with all three games ending in walk-off fashion. And in each instance, Martin Prado was right in the middle of the celebration -- first dumping water and then putting dirt in the hair and down the neck of the player who picked up the game-winning hit.
8/16/2013 | Cahill takes on Pirates in first start since June
Trevor Cahill returns to the mound after a stint on the disabled list as the D-backs take on Jeff Locke and the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park.
8/16/2013 | Orioles on board with expanded replay
The Orioles joined the popular sentiment around baseball on Friday, voicing their approval of the plan to impose expanded instant replay beginning in the 2014 season.
8/16/2013 | Cards brass pleased with proposed expanded replay
Before the quarterly Owners Meetings ended in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Thursday, representatives from all 30 teams were briefed on Major League Baseball's plans to implement a more expansive instant replay system. Consider the Cardinals among those in favor.
8/16/2013 | Twins activate Doumit, option Colabello
The Twins activated catcher Ryan Doumit from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday and optioned first baseman Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester to make room for him on the roster.
8/16/2013 | Freese sends condolences to Wildwood families
Though David Freese prepared as normal for Friday's series opener against the Cubs, his mind was also with the family of a friend back home.
8/16/2013 | Patient Sandberg deserves this chance
Philies interim manager Ryne Sandberg has passed every other test these past seven seasons, so there's no reason to think he won't pass this one, too.
8/16/2013 | Tigers seeing results in Rondon's development
Slowly but surely, Bruce Rondon is maturing into a reliable Major League reliever. In the process, the Tigers are developing a potentially major piece to their late-season bullpen.
8/16/2013 | Bettis faces Norris, Baltimore seeking first MLB win
Chad Bettis will make his fourth career start as the Rockies take on Bud Norris and the Orioles in the second of a three-game set at Camden Yards on Saturday. Norris pitched in relief his last time out and was tagged with the loss.
8/16/2013 | Gausman to miss start in Minors with arm soreness
Right-hander Kevin Gausman, the team's top prospect, will have his next scheduled start in Triple-A Norfolk skipped with minor arm soreness.
8/16/2013 | Showalter has options outside Johnson to close
If manager Buck Showalter doesn't go to Jim Johnson, who leads the Majors with nine blown saves, in the ninth inning, he has the benefit of having experience in his 'pen, with former closer Francisco Rodriguez an option as well as fellow late-inning righties Tommy Hunter and Darren O'Day.
8/16/2013 | Orioles to serve as event chair at Heart Ball
The Orioles announced a partnership with the American Heart Association on Friday that will have the club serving as event chair for the 30th Annual Baltimore Heart Ball on Feb. 1. The Orioles are the first professional sports team to lead such an effort since the AHA's founding in 1924.
8/16/2013 | Rosario's two-run home run leads Rockies to win
Serving as designated hitter instead of catching because of right hamstring pain, Wilin Rosario doubled in the fifth and had an eventful trip around to score the Rockies' first run. But in the seventh, he broke a tie with an opposite field two-run homer to right, leading the Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards on Friday.
8/16/2013 | Betancourt to be activated; Chatwood, Oswalt to throw
The Rockies will activate closer Rafael Betancourt, who has been out since undergoing an emergency appendectomy the day play resumed after the All-Star break, on Saturday. Also, injured right-handed starters Tyler Chatwood and Roy Oswalt are expected to throw bullpen sessions on Saturday.
8/16/2013 | After illness, Cuddyer back at full strength
Rockies All-Star right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer reported on Friday that he has finally regained his strength. Cuddyer missed games on Monday and Tuesday because of a flu-like illness that has affected him, his wife and three children.
8/16/2013 | Rosario in lineup as DH after hamstring cramp
Not even Wilin Rosario -- one of the Majors' most productive offensive catchers -- is certain how healthy his right hamstring is. That'll be determined when he has to sprint out of the batter's box.
8/16/2013 | Rockies in favor of expanded replay
Rockies players and manager Walt Weiss applauded Major League Baseball's move toward expanding the instant replay system by 2014, even though one of the golden moments in club history has been offered -- incorrectly -- as an example of a call that should have been changed.
8/16/2013 | Lefties Sale, Albers match up at Target Field
Twins rookie left-hander Andrew Albers has been nearly flawless over his first two career starts, and he may have to be yet again when he takes the mound opposite tough lefty Chris Sale of the White Sox on Saturday night at Target Field.
8/16/2013 | Quintana backed by HRs in road victory over Twins
Jose Quintana worked 6 2/3 innings and Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn each hit solo home runs in the third inning to help the White Sox even their series at Target Field with a 5-2 victory over the Twins on Friday night.
8/16/2013 | Begrudgingly liking Dodgers, despite my best efforts
From a historical standpoint, I'm supposed to loathe the Dodgers. But you know what? The more I think about it, the more I realize I've cherished a bunch of things through the decades associated with the franchise.
8/16/2013 | Wong joins Cards as Freese loses playing time
Desiring a spark over the status quo, general manager John Mozeliak said on Friday that after weeks of considering Kolten Wong to be Major League-ready, the Cardinals felt it was finally time to shake up the look of the big league roster.
8/16/2013 | Duffy cages mighty Tigers; KC takes Game 1
Danny Duffy had a no-hitter going for 5 2/3 innings and wound up the winner as the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, in the first half of Friday's day-night doubleheader.
8/16/2013 | Villanueva's move to 'pen not a demotion
Carlos Villanueva's versatility has kept him in the big leagues, and it was also one of the reasons he was bumped from the Cubs' rotation.
8/16/2013 | Sveum weighs in on instant replay proposal
Cubs manager Dale Sveum is a big football fan, and next year, he may get to throw a challenge flag just like NFL coaches. Major League Baseball announced Thursday it is proposing new instant replay rules, which will be initiated when a manager informs the umpire he wants to challenge a play.
8/16/2013 | Guerrier surgery among Cubs' injury updates
Cubs pitcher Matt Guerrier underwent surgery Friday to repair the flexor mass in his right arm, and he will be sidelined six to eight months. Dr. Timothy Kremchek performed the procedure.
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