7/20/2012 | Cubs weighing Dodgers' offer for Dempster
The Cubs are considering the latest offer from the Dodgers for right-hander Ryan Dempster, who lost his scoreless streak and the game against the Cardinals Friday night.
7/20/2012 | Bauman: Cards' Rosenthal makes most of debut
Trevor Rosenthal, making his Major League debut for the St. Louis Cardinals, had the ability and the will to get out of a very difficult spot. And his manager, Mike Matheny, had the faith necessary to let Rosenthal make the most of the moment.
7/20/2012 | Gammons: McCarver deserves earned respect
To know Tim McCarver was to respect him, and to have some form of HOF attached to his name is a great thing for the game he loves so much.
7/20/2012 | Minors RBI leader Wheeler debuts with D-backs
Searching for more offensive production, the D-backs recalled Minor League RBI leader Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Reno on Friday and released veteran Geoff Blum.
7/20/2012 | Ozzie kicks off HOF weekend with charity event
Ozzie Smith's "PLAY Ball" event kicked off the Hall of Fame weekend. This event has raised about $125,000 for the Hall of Fame's educational outreach programs and the Ozzie Smith Diversity Scholarships.
7/20/2012 | Talent on horizon in upcoming Breakthrough Series
The search for baseball's future stars is relentless. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball next week will present the Breakthrough Series, a five-day showcase in North Carolina for some of the nation's top inner-city players to make a name for themselves on the field.
7/20/2012 | Justice: Astros, Blue Jays both benefit from deal
The Blue Jays and Astros helped kick off the trading season with a 10-player deal that should benefit both teams.
7/20/2012 | Dodgers' Hairston Jr. and Gordon visit the Fan Cave
Jerry Hairston Jr. and Dee Gordon visited the Fan Cave while the Dodgers were in town to face the Mets. The two teammates shot two skits and enjoyed their time at the Fan Cave.
7/20/2012 | Greinke confirms Brewers offered extension
A report that the Brewers offered right-hander Zack Greinke a five-year contract extension in excess of $100 million was "pretty accurate," Greinke said Friday.
7/20/2012 | Werth's first rehab game pushed back a day
Jayson Werth was scratched from what was going to be his first rehab outing with Class A Potomac on Friday night, largely because of inclement weather in the area and also because of some stiffness from his first swings in nearly 2 1/2 months.
7/20/2012 | A's place Pennington on DL, recall Sogard
The A's on Friday placed struggling shortstop Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow tendinitis and recalled Eric Sogard to take his roster spot.
7/20/2012 | Japanese pros threaten boycott of 2013 Classic
The Japanese players' association is threatening a boycott of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, citing a disagreement over its share of revenue from the international tournament.
7/20/2012 | Moore: Chipper's career should last longer
According to Chipper Jones, this is his 19th and final Major League season, all with the Atlanta Braves, all leading the most prolific switch-hitter ever not named Mickey Mantle or Eddie Murray to a likely first-ballot trip to the Hall of Fame.
7/20/2012 | Infected right hand sends Hanley to hospital
A swollen and infected right hand sent shortstop Hanley Ramirez to a local hospital on Friday afternoon, keeping him out of the lineup for the series opener against the Pirates.
7/20/2012 | Talks between Hamels, Phils may be heating up
Cole Hamels could be making his final start for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. Or it could be his final start at home before the Phils announce a lucrative contract extension.
7/20/2012 | Bloom: Hall of Famer Gwynn a true survivor
It's been a tough year for Tony Gwynn, who is a survivor in any sense of the term. Gwynn is a two-time cancer survivor who overcame 14 hours of surgery only five months ago to remove a malignant tumor from inside his right cheek. And he's a survivor to be back on his feet as part of the game he adores so much.
7/20/2012 | Giants' Bochy denies Lincecum-Posey split
Tim Lincecum started his sixth consecutive game Friday night with a catcher other than Buster Posey, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted that no hidden agenda or animosity has separated the two.
7/20/2012 | Boston's Bailey progressing with 'pen sessions
Andrew Bailey does not have a timetable for his return from the disabled list, but the reliever is past the thumb and forearm issues that have kept him from pitching for the Red Sox this year.
7/20/2012 | Francisco nears rehab stint; return to Mets close
Mets closer Frank Francisco said he "felt good" after taking part in a long-toss session on Friday afternoon at Citi Field.
7/20/2012 | Marcum to throw off flat ground Saturday
Injured Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum is scheduled to "let it go" during a 25-30 pitch, flat ground throwing session on Saturday, manager Ron Roenicke said.
7/20/2012 | Tigers' Smyly getting restless with slow recovery
Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly won't be ready in time for his rotation spot Sunday against the White Sox, and it's far from certain he'll be ready the next time that rotation spot comes around next weekend in Toronto.
7/20/2012 | Desmond returns to Nats starting lineup
Nationals everyday shortstop Ian Desmond was back in the starting lineup after a five-game hiatus due to a left oblique strain that has been nagging him since before the All-Star break.
7/20/2012 | Mariners' Montero finding his stroke again
Jesus Montero carried a five-game hitting streak into Friday's series opener against the Rays, having hit .524 (11-for-21) with three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs in that span.
7/20/2012 | Pirates making sure Marte fully ready when called up
The Bucs are carefully logging Starling Marte's Triple-A at-bats and want to make sure he gets enough to provide a solid footing for his inevitable Major League debut.
7/20/2012 | McAllister proving he belongs in Tribe's rotation
Only one Indians starter totes an ERA better than 4.00. It's Zach McAllister, who is 4-1 with a 3.17 ERA in eight starts for Cleveland this season and has been the club's most consistent hurler of late.
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