6/8/2012 | Verlander renews quest for first hit on Saturday
Justin Verlander has a more mature outlook on batting this year as he renews his quest for his first Major League hit. Just don't mind the photographic memory he seemingly has for every ball he has put in play.
6/8/2012 | Lidge to pitch as setup man in return to Nats
Manager Davey Johnson said reliever Brad Lidge will most likely become a setup man, while Sean Burnett and Tyler Clippard continue to split the closer's role.
6/8/2012 | Hurdle still beaming over Pirates' victory
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Friday was still beaming about his team's 10-inning victory over the Reds the previous day as his club prepared to open an Interleague set against the Royals.
6/8/2012 | Blue Jays get boost with Encarnacion's return
As expected, Edwin Encarnacion was back in the Blue Jays' lineup for Friday's series opener against the Braves. Encarnacion missed the last three games after being hit in the right hand Sunday by a pitch from Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard.
6/8/2012 | Frazier a late scratch with back spasms
About an hour before the Reds played the Tigers on Friday, the Reds scratched third baseman Todd Frazier from the starting lineup.
6/8/2012 | Maddon draws words of praise from Ozzie
When Ozzie Guillen held court prior to Friday night's game, the Marlins manager spoke about some subjects of interest to Tampa Bay fans. For instance, Rays manager Joe Maddon.
6/8/2012 | Joba throws for first time since ankle injury
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain threw 25 pitches on Friday at the club's complex in Tampa, Fla., his first time on a mound since sustaining a right ankle injury in March.
6/8/2012 | Cards to shut down Garcia for at least four weeks
Jaime Garcia will be shut down for at least the next four weeks after a second opinion on Friday confirmed that he has an impingement in his left shoulder.
6/8/2012 | Chipper begins three-game stint at Class A
Chipper Jones played in what will likely be the first of three Minor League rehab games for Class A Rome on Friday night. The Braves' third baseman could be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's series opener against the Yankees.
6/8/2012 | Cubs decide not to add Rizzo for Interleague
On May 20, manager Dale Sveum said the Cubs might consider the possibility of promoting top prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Iowa for the Interleague games in American League ballparks. But the first baseman was still with Iowa on Friday when the Cubs opened their series against the Twins.
6/8/2012 | Padres' Venable makes strides in return from injury
Padres outfielder Will Venable's gradual return from a tight right oblique continued Friday in Milwaukee. After hitting off a tee early in the day, Venable, who hasn't played since he injured the muscle in his first at-bat Sunday against Arizona, went through his regular routine at Miller Park.
6/8/2012 | Mauer could return to lineup on Saturday
Catcher Joe Mauer missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right thumb on Friday, but could return on Saturday.
6/8/2012 | Crew agrees to terms with two top Draft picks
The Brewers signed both of their first-round selections from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft: prep catcher Clint Coulter (27th overall selection) and collegiate outfielder Victor Roache (28th overall).
6/8/2012 | Bogusevic in the Astros' lineup after pitching
One day after Astros outfielder Brian Bogusevic pitched for the first time in his Major League career, he was hitting in the nine-hole against the White Sox.
6/8/2012 | Padres' Cabrera hustles for inside-the-park homer
With the Padres down 1-0 to the Brewers in the top of the third, shortstop Everth Cabrera hit a line drive that snuck under Carlos Gomez's glove in center field and went all the way to the wall, leading to an inside-the-park home run.
6/8/2012 | Trade counterparts Cahill, Parker meet in AZ
As the centerpieces of the offseason trade between the D-backs and the Athletics, all eyes will be on Trevor Cahill and Jarrod Parker when they meet Saturday at Chase Field.
6/8/2012 | After slow start, Brantley in groove at plate
With a fourth-inning single in Friday's opener against the Cardinals, Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
6/8/2012 | Rangers have no timetable for Oswalt
The Rangers are not yet ready to set a date on when Roy Oswalt will be ready to pitch in the Major Leagues. The only plan right now is for Oswalt to make his third start for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday at Albuquerque.
6/8/2012 | Rangers give Darvish extra time off
The Rangers are off Monday and will use that to give Yu Darvish extra rest. The Rangers did that with Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz earlier in the season, and they are going to do it with Darvish next week.
6/8/2012 | Melky sits to rest ailing hamstring
Melky Cabrera was out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Texas Rangers with a sore right hamstring and is day to day, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before the game.
6/8/2012 | Francis set to start Saturday for Rockies
Left-hander Jeff Francis was spotted in the workout room at Coors Field by someone with access to the area, and he will start Saturday against the Angels.
6/8/2012 | Setback for Chicago's Morel keeps Hudson at third
White Sox third baseman Brent Morel returned from his Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte after aggravating his lumbar back strain during Thursday night's game in Toledo.
6/8/2012 | Three straight HRs, strong Kuroda lift Yanks
Backing Hiroki Kuroda's stellar one-hit effort over seven innings, Robinson Cano -- who slugged two home runs -- Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones belted three consecutive homers in the third as the Yankees defeated the Mets in the Subway Series opener, 9-1, on Friday night.
6/8/2012 | Bedard arms surging Bucs against Royals
Lefty Erik Bedard went seven strong innings with five strikeouts and Neil Walker collected three hits as the Pirates posted a 4-2 win over the Royals on Friday at PNC Park.
6/8/2012 | Led by Victorino's big night, Phillies snap skid
The Phillies returned to their roots in a 9-6 victory over the Orioles on Friday, snapping a six-game losing streak to remain six games behind the first-place Nationals in the National League East.
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