5/23/2013 | Guarded optimism surrounding Carp's rehab process
The pair of February news conferences took on a tone of solemnity and reflection as general manager John Mozeliak and, a week later, Chris Carpenter, painted a picture void of optimism. Carpenter refused to utter the "R" word, but the idea of career finality was certainly palpable as he spoke.
5/23/2013 | Quiet Corbin making noise with unbeaten mark
Patrick Corbin always seemed to be a bit of an afterthought in some people's minds as he made his way through the Minor Leagues, with other pitchers in Arizona's farm system getting the bulk of the attention. There's no overlooking Corbin now, though.
5/23/2013 | Choo's stock rising with play for Reds in contract year
Shin-Soo Choo has been everything and more than the win-now Reds had hoped he'd be from the leadoff spot this year, which will only help the pending free agent when he hits the market after the 2013 season.
5/23/2013 | Marlins close to getting LoMo back in fold
It's been a long, laborious process for Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison, who is battling back from a surgically-repaired right knee. But after opening the season on the 60-day disabled list and undergoing weeks of recuperating, Morrison is getting closer to returning to the big leagues.
5/23/2013 | Texas releases Lowe, inks Teahen to Minors deal
The Rangers placed veteran right-hander Derek Lowe on unconditional release waivers and signed infielder Mark Teahen to a Minor League contract Thursday.
5/23/2013 | McCutchen produces before rain in Bucs win
The Pirates beat the Cubs, 4-2, to complete a three-game sweep of Chicago on Thursday at PNC Park after a 1-hour, 47-minute rain delay, which began with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.
5/23/2013 | Seasoned in Seattle: New role suits wiser Perez
This isn't the old Perez, the southpaw who caved to the pressure of pitching in New York on a $36 million contract. This is the older Perez, a father, a reinvented reliever and a man so relaxed that he can enjoy life's small treasures,
5/23/2013 | World Series ball still resonates for Reinsdorf
Jerry Reinsdorf has said one of the biggest highlights of his 33-year career as owner of the White Sox came when Paul Konerko handed him the baseball from the final out of the 2005 World Series-clinching Game 4.
5/23/2013 | For starters, Brewers' rotation is struggling
Manager Ron Roenicke knows his starting pitchers, to a man, are struggling. With more than a quarter of the season in the books, Brewers starters are 11-19 with a 5.28 ERA in 45 games, worst in the NL and one of only four clubs in the Majors with a starters' ERA above 5.00.
5/23/2013 | Mariners option Montero to Triple-A Tacoma
Catcher Jesus Montero, one of the expected building blocks of the Mariners' future, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday as the club looks to spark some change in the wake of a six-game losing streak.
5/23/2013 | High ceiling fan: Rangers remind Martin of potential
Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin has played baseball almost all his life, but he's dealing with the higher expectations after making a big league Opening Day roster for the first time.
5/23/2013 | Family ties: Moran has strong baseball pedigree
Colin Moran is the third baseman for North Carolina, one of the higher-ranked teams in college baseball. He's also B.J. Surhoff's nephew, and he's following nearly the same path as his uncle.
5/23/2013 | Mounting losses gnawing at Soriano
If Cubs fans think it's tough to deal with the team's losses, it's even harder on the players. On Thursday, Alfonso Soriano was still bothered by Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Pirates.
5/23/2013 | Rays keep growing arms down on their farm
Any team with a pitcher like David Price is going to feel the loss. But unlike most clubs, the Rays are able to withstand the loss based on the long line of arms that runs through the organization like one continuous thread.
5/23/2013 | Trust Verlander to right ship in 2013
Justin Verlander has struggled in recent starts, but he will end up where he should -- maybe not in line for another American League Cy Young Award, but probably not far off.
5/23/2013 | Phillies still sporting contender's mentality
The only offseason question between the Phillies and Nationals seemed to be how far behind the Phils would be in the National League East standings when they played the Nats for the first time in May. It turns out that just one game separates them in the standings 47 games in.
5/23/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: May 23
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
5/23/2013 | New film to explore journey of pitchers from India
"Million Dollar Arm" is the next big baseball movie, it and began shooting this month in Mumbai, India. Slated to be released next spring, the Disney film is the story of how an entrepreneurial American sports-marketing agent created a reality show five years ago in India that produced the first two Indian pitchers.
5/23/2013 | Prep pitchers in Draft could be enticing risks
Among the high school pitchers -- the highest risk-reward part of any Draft -- right-hander Kohl Stewart from Texas and lefty Trey Ball from Indiana have broken away from the pack and left the others behind. There are some other potential first-rounders, enough to allow this year's first round to at least match that of last year, when five high school pitchers were selected
5/23/2013 | In case of emergency: Third catcher role needed
The need for a third catcher rarely arises, and most guys put little to no thought into it.
5/23/2013 | On schedule: New Interleague format brings twists
As Interleague Play weaves its way through MLB's everyday existence for the first time, another twist is in the offing for what already has been a unique scheduling experience. Come Monday, teams designated as prime Interleague rivals will square off for a home-and-home week, consisting of consecutive two-game series.
5/23/2013 | Harvey ready to step from diploma to Draft
Hunter Harvey is ready for two of the biggest events of his life. First the 18-year-old will graduate from high school on Friday.. Less than two weeks later, he'll take the first step toward his future career -- the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, set for June 6-8 in New York.
5/23/2013 | Lyons stymies Padres in big league debut
Southpaw Tyler Lyons became the latest Cardinals rookie to deliver on Wednesday night, turning in a dominant seven innings while making his Major League debut in a 5-3 win against the Padres at Petco Park.
5/23/2013 | Ellsbury enjoys first multi-hit night since May 4
When things are going well for Jacoby Ellsbury, a two-hit, two-walk night is hardly news. But the fact that such a performance on Wednesday drew a crowd around his locker is an indication that the center fielder has been in a pretty good slump.
5/23/2013 | Mets' supporting cast needs to perform like Harvey
In the strange and challenging world of the Mets, all is considered, measured and, too often, lamented.
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