8/9/2013 | Mariners aim to even set on Griffey's special night
Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma faces Milwaukee's Tom Gorzelanny in the middle game of a three-game Interleague set in which Ken Griffey Jr.s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame figures to be the main attraction.
8/9/2013 | Butler gets first start with lefty on hill for Astros
Outfielder Joey Butler, who was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, was in the lineup for the first time on Friday night with left-hander Erik Bedard on the mound for the Astros.
8/9/2013 | Perez feeling great, hopes to return Sunday
Royals catcher Salvador Perez continued to feel good in his recovery from a low-grade concussion sustained last Saturday in New York.
8/9/2013 | Injured prospect Soler could play in fall league
Cubs prospect Jorge Soler, who was playing for Class A Daytona, was injured in late June, and expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The Cubs were hopeful he could return to action this season. Soler could play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in early October.
8/9/2013 | Scoring change nets Gordon, Cain additional hit
Even before Friday night's game, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain each picked up a hit.
8/9/2013 | Pierzynski, Frasor happy to be reunited with Rios
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels talked with catcher A.J. Pierzynski before acquiring Alex Rios from the White Sox. Pierzynski gave a strong endorsement, having been teammates with Rios for parts of four seasons before signing with the Rangers in the offseason.
8/9/2013 | Yuni's slam breaks open laugher for Lohse, Crew
Yuniesky Betancourt's fifth-inning grand slam paved the way for a rout of the Mariners in Seattle, 10-5, on Friday at Safeco Field. Milwaukee won the fifth straight game started by Kyle Lohse, who allowed three runs and struck out seven in seven strong innings.
8/9/2013 | Royals sport fashionable hats in batting practice
There was a new fashion touch to the Royals' uniforms during batting practice on Friday -- caps with the player's name across the crown and his number on the bill.
8/9/2013 | After starting in 'pen, Chen thriving in rotation
Bruce Chen led the Royals in wins the past three years, but he started the season in the bullpen. Since moving back to the rotation on July 12, he's proved he's still got it, going 2-0 in five starts with a 1.14 ERA.
8/9/2013 | Hudson visits Braves for first time since injury
His teammates may have pointed to Tim Hudson's season-ending ankle injury as a rallying cry that has sparked the Braves' 13-game winning streak entering Friday, but the 15-year veteran was quick to flip the script and put a humorous spin on his recent absence on Friday afternoon, when he returned to the clubhouse for the first time since his injury.
8/9/2013 | Schafer to be activated; Constanza to Triple-A
After the Braves' 5-0 win on Friday night, the team announced that Jordan Schafer would be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game, marking the end of the utility outfielder's lengthy recovery process from a lingering ankle injury that morphed from the sting of a typical foul ball into an unusual stress fracture.
8/9/2013 | Murphy not worried about future with Rangers
Rangers outfielders David Murphy and Nelson Cruz are both free agents after the season. The acquisition of outfielder Alex Rios -- who is signed through 2014 -- means the Rangers will likely be interested in re-signing only one of those two players.
8/9/2013 | Chen looks to continue O's surge on West Coast
Wei-Yin Chen will try to earn the series victory and notch the Orioles' fourth straight win when he faces Chad Gaudin and the Giants on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.
8/9/2013 | Davis' clutch double picks up O's in extras
Chris Davis doubled in a pair of two-out, 10th-inning, tie-breaking runs off Javier Lopez on Friday night, lifting the O's past the Giants in a 5-2 victory. Davis now has an astounding 108 RBIs.
8/9/2013 | San Antonio players snag Padres' Minor League awards
The Padres announced the club's Minor League Players of the Month for July, led by three players from Double-A San Antonio.
8/9/2013 | DeJesus gets first start at cleanup spot in order
David DeJesus got some surprising news before Friday's game against the Cardinals -- he'd be batting cleanup in the batting order for the first time in his career.
8/9/2013 | Navarro to return, but Cubs lose Guerrier for season
Dioner Navarro, who had to be carted off the field Wednesday after a collision at home plate, will be back on Saturday. Unfortunately, reliever Matt Guerrier is done for the season.
8/9/2013 | Berkman to begin rehab assignment on Saturday
Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman, who has been on the disabled list since July 7, will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. Berkman is not to the point where he is 100 percent or even close to it.
8/9/2013 | Young starters battle as Reds look to make push
The Reds have a chance to extend their win streak to four on Saturday against the Padres as Tony Cingrani squares off against Tyson Ross.
8/9/2013 | Vargas enjoys playing in LA, though he may be dealt
The next step in Jason Vargas' rehab will be determined within the next couple of days. He felt perfectly fine after his 4 2/3-innings rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, but the Angels will evaluate Vargas within the next couple of days to see if he needs another tune-up.
8/9/2013 | Left knee still sore, Kendrick lands on DL
Howie Kendrick's sprained left knee didn't progress steadily enough over the last four days, prompting the Angels to put their reliable second baseman on the 15-day disabled list Friday.
8/9/2013 | Injuries, struggles force Scioscia to alter lineup
Albert Pujols will be out for a while, Howie Kendrick will probably go on the disabled list, Peter Bourjos is still on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Salt Lake and Josh Hamilton is coming off a 2-for-26 homestand, which means Mike Scioscia's lineups will feature several interesting twists -- and probably very little continuity -- for the foreseeable future.
8/9/2013 | Trades give young stars opportunity to emerge
As the White Sox look to 2014 and beyond, Gordon Beckham and Chris Sale will be asked to step up even more as leaders in the clubhouse and on the field.
8/9/2013 | Quentin heads to disabled list; Decker called up
A few short hours after Padres manager Bud Black indicated a trip to the disabled list was coming for Carlos Quentin, the club made the move official after Friday's 7-2 loss to the Reds. Battling a sore right knee, Quentin was put on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 31, while outfielder Jaff Decker was promoted as his replacement.
8/9/2013 | Suspension gives Cabrera opportunity to teach
While Everth Cabrera serves his 50-game suspension for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Padres manager Bud Black hopes the 26-year-old shortstop can make something positive out of his situation. Cabrera will continue to stay in shape, but he'll also be expected to handle some extra responsibilities off the field.
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