5/17/2012 | Division Series format change OK'd by owners
A schedule change that eliminates a travel day and switches the format to one in which the Division Series will open in the ballparks of the lower-seeded teams was approved, for this year only, by MLB owners on Thursday.
5/17/2012 | Rangers' Kinsler ready to go after virus
After being scratched from the lineup shortly before Wednesday's game against the Athletics with a stomach virus, Ian Kinsler rejoined the Rangers' lineup on Thursday.
5/17/2012 | Justice: Dismissing coaches always tough
Underachieving teams looking to shake things up often make changes to their coaching staffs, but it's rarely an easy decision for the general managers who have to make that call.
5/17/2012 | Lopez pulls Tribe even, Santana wins it in 11
Jose Lopez hit a game-tying three-run homer in the eighth inning and Carlos Santana completed a two-run 11th with an RBI single after the Indians fell behind in the top half to best the Mariners, 6-5, on Thursday.
5/17/2012 | Down early, Mets rise up late to upend Reds
The Mets' charmed run at Citi Field can continue. New York appeared to be on the verge of its first losing homestand Thursday afternoon, but it forged a five-run rally in the eighth to take its first advantage and earn a 9-4 victory over Cincinnati.
5/17/2012 | No movement in A's-Giants territorial dispute
Representatives for the Giants and A's made presentations on Wednesday to Major League Baseball's executive council in their ongoing disagreement regarding the rights to San Jose, Commissioner Bud Selig said on Thursday, but no resolution of the issue transpired.
5/17/2012 | Melky back in action for Giants; Arias still out
A partial day's rest for his ailing left foot was all that Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera needed to return to the starting lineup. Infielder Joaquin Arias remained out of the lineup as he continued to mend his bruised left forearm.
5/17/2012 | Melvin ejected from A's finale in Texas
A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against the Rangers on a call that led to the go-ahead run for Texas.
5/17/2012 | Giants give Crawford shot at No. 2 spot
Brandon Crawford became the ninth different Giant to bat second as he occupied that spot for Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
5/17/2012 | Giants concerned about Surkamp's elbow
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that left-hander Eric Surkamp has experienced an unspecified setback in his recovery from a strained throwing elbow, which is an ominous development for the club's pitching depth.
5/17/2012 | Hardy delivers as O's stay tough on Royals
J.J. Hardy snapped a tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning and lefty Brian Matusz settled down after a shaky third frame as the Orioles posted a 5-3 victory over the Royals on Thursday.
5/17/2012 | Beltran misses fourth start with ailing knee
Carlos Beltran's sore right knee did not respond to treatment as expected, and he was not in the lineup again Thursday.
5/17/2012 | Sore hamstring sidelines Cards' productive Craig
Allen Craig was not in the starting lineup Thursday because of a sore hamstring sustained during Wednesday night's victory over the San Francisco Giants.
5/17/2012 | Matheny advocates for concussion awareness
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, whose own catching career was cut short because of complications with post-concussion syndrome, is encouraged by rule changes at the amateur level of baseball.
5/17/2012 | Scrappy A's down Rangers in extra innings
One bad call, one broken nail and a bevy of contributions later, the A's found their way to the win column on Thursday with a 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, in a game that was in no way lacking in dull moments.
5/17/2012 | Francona to participate in Prospect Classic
Former big league manager Terry Francona will serve opposite Jack McKeon as an honorary manager during the USA Baseball Prospect Classic this summer.
5/17/2012 | Hunter will return when son's case is resolved
The Angels remain unsure about when Torii Hunter will return from the restricted list, as he tends to a legal matter involving one of his sons in Texas.
5/17/2012 | Trout providing Halos with on-base threat
It's only 17 games, but Mike Trout has evidently taken major steps since 2011, a season that saw him bat .220 in a 40-game stretch in the Majors.
5/17/2012 | Bat won't guarantee Viciedo start in NL parks
With the White Sox weekend series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs looming, the prospect of Interleague Play could force Dayan Viciedo to the bench.
5/17/2012 | Bodley: Be careful tweaking Interleague Play
Major League Baseball should tread very carefully when it comes to tinkering with Interleague Play.
5/17/2012 | White Sox get opportunistic in win behind Sale
Chris Sale's 5 1/3 solid innings led the White Sox to a victory on Thursday and a split of their two-game set against the Los Angeles Angels.
5/17/2012 | Belt a big part of Giants' victory over Cards
Brandon Belt contributed doubles in the sixth and seventh innings, when San Francisco scored twice in each frame to outlast the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-5, Thursday and emerge with a split of the two-game series.
5/17/2012 | Morse ready to start taking swings
Nationals left fielder Michael Morse, who is on the disabled list because of a torn left lat (shoulder) muscle, is expected to get at-bats at the team's Spring Training complex in Viera, Fla., according to manager Davey Johnson.
5/17/2012 | Upton's homer seals D-backs win
Justin Upton's two-run homer in the ninth inning led the D-backs past the Rockies, 9-7, in a wild back-and-forth game Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.
5/17/2012 | Youkilis to resume rehab stint on Friday
Though the Red Sox didn't see Kevin Youkilis first-hand during his 1-for-2 performance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, they received some positive reports.
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