7/22/2016 | Big names bubble up in trade talks
While it's not clear if a deal can be completed before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Rangers are "making a serious run" for White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reported Friday, citing Major League sources.
7/22/2016 | Astros ride McCullers' arm to win over Angels
Lance McCullers faced the game's most productive offense this month and dominated, twirling eight-plus strong innings against the streaking Angels to lead his Astros to a 2-1 victory at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.
7/22/2016 | Story ties Tulo's NL rookie SS homer record
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story's two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Braves on Friday night was his 24th of the season, which tied the record set in 2007 by former Rockie Troy Tulowitzki for the most home runs by a rookie shortstop in National League history.
7/22/2016 | Twins escape 9th-inning jam to top Red Sox
After Mookie Betts smacked his second straight leadoff homer for the Red Sox, it seemed it could be another long night for the Twins. Instead, right-hander Kyle Gibson settled in, tossing eight strong innings of two-hit ball, and was backed by a solo homer from Brian Dozier and an RBI double from Miguel Sano in a 2-1 win on Friday night at Fenway Park.
7/22/2016 | Braves hoping Teheran's back injury is minor
"Hopefully" was the term most frequently used as the Braves exited Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Rockies concerned about their ace, Julio Teheran, who had exited in the fifth inning with upper back discomfort that could disappear in a couple of days or linger long enough to require a stint on the disabled list.
7/22/2016 | Feeling 'like Opening Day,' Fowler flourishes
When Dexter Fowler checked in with Joe Maddon in his office Friday, the Cubs manager greeted him with, "You go, we go." That's the saying Maddon would give Fowler before each at-bat, and he has not used it since the outfielder has been on the disabled list. On Friday, Fowler was activated, Maddon sent him to the plate with his message, and the result was a leadoff home run in a 5-2 win.
7/22/2016 | Trumbo, Machado power Bundy, O's past Tribe
Since they were selected third and fourth overall in the 2011 Draft, respectively, the career paths of Indians righty Trevor Bauer and Orioles righty Dylan Bundy have taken drastically different routes to Friday's showdown at Camden Yards. Bauer entered with 77 more career starts than Bundy, but it was Bundy who pitched like the more experienced pro in a 5-1 Baltimore win.
7/22/2016 | Padres, O's reportedly discussing Upton deal
Melvin Upton Jr. could soon be on the move. The Padres are reportedly informing teams that they're close to trading the veteran outfielder, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who cautioned that the news "may ultimately be posturing" by San Diego. The Orioles surfaced late Friday as a potential destination for Upton, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
7/22/2016 | Foul off foot forces Posey to leave game
The Giants' luck continued to plummet as catcher Buster Posey left Friday night's 3-2 Interleague loss to the New York Yankees with a bruised right foot.
7/22/2016 | Twister: Paxton spins big-time curveball, K's 9
James Paxton spent time between his starts with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre tweaking the delivery of his curveball. The adjustments paid off Friday, as the left-hander kept the Blue Jays' potent offense in check over seven innings in Seattle's 2-1 win.
7/22/2016 | Betts day to day due to right knee soreness
Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts exited Friday night's 2-1 loss to the Twins with right knee soreness in the fifth inning. He was replaced by utility man Michael Martinez.
7/22/2016 | Yankees take advantage of error to beat Giants
The Giants' struggles and the Yankees' surge both continued Friday night as San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford committed an eighth-inning throwing error that helped New York generate the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 victory. It was San Francisco's season-high sixth consecutive loss.
7/22/2016 | Archer makes special RBI visit in Oakland
Chris Archer continued his work away from the field on Friday morning with another of his RBI visits.
7/22/2016 | Braves unlikely to part with Inciarte's defense
Ender Inciarte's name has been linked to trade rumors dating back to the night the Braves acquired him as part of the blockbuster package gained from the D-backs in December. But unless Atlanta general manager John Coppolella is blown away by an offer, it does not look like he will trade the talented center fielder.
7/22/2016 | Hall of Fame induction weekend FAQ
Thousands travel to Cooperstown every year for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and for just about everyone who doesn't already live in the upstate New York area, the trek can be time-consuming. The good news is that it's well worth the effort, as this annual celebration is jam-packed with much more than just the ceremony.
7/22/2016 | Trout saw Altuve's potential back in Minors
Mike Trout and Jose Altuve have sparred as division rivals and have played together on four All-Star teams, growing a little closer each time. Trout is effusive in his praise for the second baseman, saying, "He hits everything."
7/22/2016 | Almora married Thursday, optioned Friday
With Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler activated from the disabled list before Friday's 5-3 win over the Brewers, Albert Almora Jr. was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room. When Almora was playing for Iowa, he planned on marrying his longtime girlfriend Krystal in a civil ceremony in Des Moines, but on the date they had set, he was called up to the Cubs.
7/22/2016 | Rangers making effort to acquire lefty Sale
The Rangers are making a serious run at landing ace left-hander Chris Sale in a trade with the White Sox, according to Major League sources, but there are no indications yet if a deal can get done.
7/22/2016 | Martin day to day after injuring knee in shower
The Blue Jays will be without the services of Russell Martin for at least the next couple of days after Toronto's starting catcher injured his left knee in the shower. The veteran backstop took a shower after spending time in the sauna during Thursday's off-day and passed out for a brief amount of time, injuring his left knee in the process.
7/22/2016 | Harrison, McCutchen closely tied to Griffey
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and two Pirates will be closely tied to the man they used to call "The Kid."
7/22/2016 | Marlins not rushing Ichiro's quest for 3,000 hits
When it comes to Ichiro Suzuki's quest for 3,000 MLB hits, history will take its course. Marlins manager Don Mattingly isn't forcing the issue by throwing the 42-year-old out there hoping the milestone is reached as quickly as possible. That was evident on Friday in the series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park, as Ichiro was not in the starting lineup.
7/22/2016 | Surprise! Kepler's mom visits son at Fenway
As Twins rookie right fielder Max Kepler walked onto field at Fenway Park to take batting practice at the historic ballpark for the first time in his career on Thursday, he heard a familiar voice call out his childhood nickname.
7/22/2016 | Duffy flusters Rangers as Royals strike early
Royals starter Danny Duffy held the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings and won his fifth straight decision in a 3-1 victory on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. First-place Texas has now lost 15 of its last 19 games.
7/22/2016 | Cabrera's four-hit night tops White Sox
Miguel Cabrera had four hits and knocked in two runs in the seventh inning to break a tie, leading the Tigers to victory over the White Sox. Justin Morneau gave Chicago a lift with a three-run home run, but the White Sox bullpen couldn't hold the lead.
7/22/2016 | Reyes the spark as Mets gain on Marlins
The jockeying for position in the National League East got a little tighter on Friday night as the Mets moved to within a half-game of the second-place Marlins with a 5-3 win at Marlins Park. The intensity was evident all night, and the Mets responded behind Jose Reyes' three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, a pair of Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice flies and James Loney's two-run homer in the ninth.
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