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5/31/2013 | Washington says Kirkman 'unlucky' in relief
Rangers manager Ron Washington said reliever Michael Kirkman is going through a stretch of "bad luck" lately. Kirkman entered Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks in the seventh with a 9-3 lead, but couldn't finish the inning.

5/31/2013 | Brett gets to know Grifol before Texas opener
While interim hitting coach George Brett and the Royals could only hope special assignment coach Pedro Grifol's first day ends with a victory, it seems Grifol has already impacted the club in previous stints.

5/31/2013 | Brett, Royals put in late hours against Cards
Interim hitting coach George Brett remembered why he retired after the Royals' 4-2 win over the Cardinals on Thursday. The team got to the hotel in Texas at 7 a.m. CT following two rain delays in St. Louis, the latter lasting just over 4 1/2 hours. The I-70 Series finale concluded at 3:14 a.m. on Friday.

5/31/2013 | Royals expect Perez to return on Monday
Royals manager Ned Yost said he expects catcher Salvador Perez to return on Monday. Perez went home to Venezuela on Saturday following the death of his maternal grandmother. Perez was placed on the bereavement list, and he can remain on the list for three to seven days.

5/31/2013 | Selig optimistic about outlook on attendance
Attendance at Major League games has been resilient despite unseasonable cold, rain and snow throughout the first month of the season, especially in the Midwest.

5/31/2013 | Seeking sixth straight win, Cubs hand ball to ace
Suddenly one of the hottest teams in baseball, the Cubs will have their ace, Jeff Samardzija, on the hill Saturday as they try to extend their longest winning streak in almost two years in the second game of a three-game set against the D-backs. Ian Kennedy, 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA in his last three starts, gets the nod for Arizona.

5/31/2013 | Dodgers add Moylan to 'pen, option Guerra
Veteran reliever Peter Moylan, who had a contract "out" that could have been exercised Friday, was promoted to the Dodgers' Major League bullpen from Triple-A Albuquerque for the weekend series against the Rockies.

5/31/2013 | Gio, Hudson hoping for bounceback starts
Each winless over their last four outings, a pair of frontline starters will try to regain their footing on Saturday in Atlanta, when Nationals southpaw Gio Gonzalez faces off against Braves right-hander Tim Hudson.

5/31/2013 | Fredi will need to get B.J. back in lineup soon
The Braves have limited B.J. Upton's playing time over the past week with the hope that he would benefit from the chance to decompress and fix some mechanical flaws. But on Friday, Fredi Gonzalez said that he will need to get Upton back in the lineup soon.

5/31/2013 | Uggla acknowledges that K's are a concern
Dan Uggla set the franchise record for strikeouts in each of his first two seasons with the Braves. Through the first two months of this, his third year with Atlanta, he is striking out more frequently than he did during those record-setting campaigns.

5/31/2013 | Playing time for Laird hard to come by
Fredi Gonzalez has spent the past couple of weeks talking about how challenging it would be to find Evan Gattis playing time. But now that Gattis has essentially forced Gonzalez to put him in the lineup as frequently as possible, there is reason to wonder when Gerald Laird will play.

5/31/2013 | Exhibits put Civil Rights Movement on display
Turner Field patrons were treated to a pair of exhibits commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen and the Negro Leagues era as part of the Braves' inaugural Heritage Weekend festivities taking place throughout the three-game series against the Nationals.

5/31/2013 | After Strasburg scare, Nationals top Braves
On Friday, in what might be a good omen for June, the Nats got some relatively good news on Stephen Strasburg, who exited after two innings with what turned out to be a strained right oblique, not an elbow-related ailment. Then came more good news when the Nats held on to beat the Braves, 3-2.

5/31/2013 | Harper still sore, likely to miss Braves series
Bryce Harper missed the entire four-game Interleague series with Baltimore with continued soreness in his left knee, was not in the lineup for Friday's series opener with Atlanta and, according to Davey Johnson, is a no-go the rest of the weekend.

5/31/2013 | Werth has big night for Potomac
Jayson Werth had a huge night for Class A Potomac, which feasted as well, chalking up a 10-1 win over Lynchburg on Friday. In seven innings, the veteran outfielder went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. He also walked and scored, rounding the bases in both a four-run first inning and a five-run second.

5/31/2013 | Bullpen stepping up, shutting down opponents
Although the Nationals have struggled of late, losing three of four and eight of 12, little of the blame can be pinned on the bullpen. In fact, on Friday, Davey Johnson sang the praises of the unit, especially the work of Drew Storen and Fernando Abad.

5/31/2013 | Tight groin keeps Ellsbury out of lineup vs. Yanks
A day after he become the first Major Leaguer to steal five bases in a game since Carl Crawford did it in 2009, Jacoby Ellsbury was held out of the Red Sox lineup for the series opener against the Yankees with left groin tightness.

5/31/2013 | Baseball to host Draft showcase in Puerto Rico
Major League Baseball will host its second annual showcase for Puerto Rican players not selected in the First-Year Player Draft at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, next month.

5/31/2013 | Aaron honors civil rights leaders in Atlanta
Former Georgia Congressman and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and former state senator Leroy Johnson were honored as the inaugural recipients of the Hank Aaron Champion for Justice Award to kick off the Braves' inaugural Heritage Weekend on Friday afternoon at Turner Field.

5/31/2013 | Hurdle making Pirates believe in themselves
The Pirates are a talented bunch, and with energetic and confident skipper Clint Hurdle at the helm, the Bucs are determined to finish the year as strong as they started it.

5/31/2013 | Images crafted of favorite players usually not far off
Deep inside, we like to think we know our favorite players, even though we base our mental image of them on a very tiny amount of information -- a glimpse of their reaction to a home run or groundout, a read of an interview, what's on the back of their baseball card.

5/31/2013 | Pirates recall Presley, option Harrison to Triple-A
The Pirates recalled outfielder Alex Presley from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday and optioned infielder Josh Harrison to Indianapolis. Also, infielder Chase d'Arnaud was recalled from his rehab assignment and optioned to Indianapolis.

5/31/2013 | Baseball decides against holding international draft
Major League Baseball will not implement an international draft in 2014, it was announced Friday. The idea will not be revisited until the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires after the 2016 season, a source told

5/31/2013 | Cubs thump D-backs, notch fifth straight victory
Scott Hairston (grand slam), Alfonso Soriano (two-run homer) and Cody Ransom (solo shot) each went deep for the Cubs, who won their fifth straight game, beating the D-backs, 7-2, on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. In his 2013 home debut, Matt Garza picked up the win, allowing two runs over seven sharp innings.

5/31/2013 | MLB hosts tutorials on groundskeeping techniques
With the help of skilled practitioners like Murray Cook, Major League Baseball brought groundskeeping back to the grass-roots level this week. Cook, MLB's field clinic coordinator, led a pair of tutorials in Houston and New Orleans as part of the 2013 Sports Turf Management Clinic.

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