5/3/2012 | Jones looks back on 89-minute win in 1977
Friday will mark the 35th anniversary of a night when Padres ace Randy Jones topped Jim Kaat and the Phillies in a fast-paced duel that lasted just 89 minutes.
5/3/2012 | Game to Remember: Bob Watson
As part of the Astros' 50th anniversary, the weekly "Game to Remember" series features a former Astros/Colt .45s great discussing his favorite game while playing for the Houston franchise. This week: Bob Watson.
5/3/2012 | Panda out 4-6 weeks
The offense-starved Giants were forced to scrape for morsels of optimism Thursday as third baseman Pablo Sandoval, their top run producer, went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hamate bone.
5/3/2012 | Struggling Ryan gets a rest
Shortstop Brendan Ryan, mired in an 0-for-26 slump that has dropped his season average to .125, wasn't in the lineup on Thursday as the Mariners closed out their four-game series against the Rays.
5/3/2012 | Ackley says things will turn around
Dustin Ackley figures to be a dependable hitter in the Mariners lineup over the long term, but even the steady second baseman has gone through a recent rough patch.
5/3/2012 | Mariners deal with shifty Rays
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon is a proponent of moving his defenders to one side of the infield, so Mariners hitters looked out at times to see three infielders on the right side and the third baseman lined up at shortstop.
5/3/2012 | Hot-hitting Beltran gets scheduled day off
Even a seven-RBI night from right fielder Carlos Beltran couldn't sway manager Mike Matheny from his predetermined decision to sit the right fielder in St. Louis' series finale against Pittsburgh.
5/3/2012 | Designated for assignment, Komatsu in limbo
Unable to play and unaware of which organization he might be a member of in a few days, Erik Komatsu stopped by the Cardinals' clubhouse on Thursday to say some goodbyes and collect his belongings.
5/3/2012 | Reds' Cairo begins rehab assignment at Class A
Reds utility infielder Miguel Cairo, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, left for Class A Dayton to start a rehabilitation assignment. Cairo will play Thursday night, Friday and Saturday.
5/3/2012 | Hey Joe: Blanton brilliant as Phils top Braves
Right-hander Joe Blanton was brilliant in a three-hit shutout, while Laynce Nix and Shane Victorino belted homers in Phillies' 4-0 win over the Braves in Thursday's series finale.
5/3/2012 | McNamee expected to take stand next week
Jurors in the federal perjury trial of Roger Clemens were shown in detail Thursday physical evidence the government contends will directly link the former pitching star to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
5/3/2012 | Middlebrooks' Red Sox debut nets high marks
The ball that Will Middlebrooks connected with for the first hit of his Major League career on Wednesday night went through the usual ceremony. First-base coach Alex Ochoa collected the baseball on the top prospect's behalf, and then tossed it to a player in the Boston dugout for safekeeping.
5/3/2012 | Reds stun Cubs late, win on Rolen's sac fly
When two Major League pitchers square off on their birthdays, as the Reds' Homer Bailey did against the Cubs' Ryan Dempster on Thursday, only one could emerge with a smile. For Bailey's 26th birthday, the Reds stole a 4-3 victory in 10 innings from Dempster because Cubs closer Carlos Marmol opened the door wide and let Cincinnati barrel right in.
5/3/2012 | Rays sweep Mariners for ninth in a row at home
Quality pitching and just enough offense continued to be the winning elixir for the Rays in taking a 4-3 win over the Mariners Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field before a crowd of 11,575.
5/3/2012 | Recent injuries testing Brewers' depth
This has been the sort of very bad week the Brewers avoided last season on the way to the National League Championship Series.
5/3/2012 | Pomeranz brimming with confidence
Most of the messages Rockies left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz heard when coming out of Ole Miss in 2010 were positive. Pomeranz would be a high No. 1 pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He would make a quick trip to the Majors. He had the potential to pitch at the front of a team's rotation. So imagine his shock at the message given to him by Indians, the team that picked him fifth overall, at the start of last Spring Training, his first pro experience.
5/3/2012 | Guillen sticking with Bell as Marlins' closer
Heath Bell has too much history of success for Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen to pull the plug right now on the veteran. So, after a night of thinking it over, Guillen on Thursday gave a vote of confidence to the embattled Bell.
5/3/2012 | Cishek making a name for himself with Marlins
In time, Marlins reliever Steve Cishek likely will become more known. Miami fans certainly are aware of the right-hander, who is in his second big league season. As his career progresses, he has the type of talent to become a popular household name.
5/3/2012 | Bucs' McCutchen exits early with stomach flu
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left Thursday's game at St. Louis in the bottom of the fourth inning with a case of stomach flu.
5/3/2012 | Orioles pass first test of daunting stretch
Nobody said it was going to easy, and perhaps no other early-surging club understands that better than the Orioles. Baltimore, winner of eight of its last 10 games, kicked off a brutal 15-games-in-16-days stretch by putting together back-to-back victories over the Yankees.
5/3/2012 | No-hitter represents new low point for Twins
So while the Twins didn't get a hit against the Angels on Wednesday night, it didn't stop them from hitting rock bottom in the early going this season.
5/3/2012 | Royals place Betancourt on DL, promote Falu
The Royals placed infielder Yuniesky Betancourt on the 15-day DL with a right ankle sprain, retroactive to Wednesday, and promoted infielder Irving Falu from Triple-A Omaha.
5/3/2012 | Dodgers' under-the-radar moves paying off
With new owners in place back home, general manager Ned Colletti rejoined his first-place club Thursday with decisions looming on making the Dodgers even better. Meanwhile, the decisions that Colletti made over the winter, for the most part, have worked out so far.
5/3/2012 | Tigers keeping even keel amid tepid start
One year ago this week, the Tigers held what might have been the most important team meeting of their American League Central championship season. Never mind that they weren't within eyesight of the division lead when it happened.
5/3/2012 | Bedard, Bucs cool off Cards; Alvarez stays hot
Pedro Alvarez ripped a two-run homer in the sixth inning and left-hander Erik Bedard struck out 11 batters in a five-inning stint to lead the Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon in front of 40,601 at Busch Stadium.
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