5/9/2012 | No longer playing to impress, Padres' Alonso thrives
It took first baseman Yonder Alonso a few weeks to get settled, but once he did, he began providing the Padres with the offense and defense they expected when they dealt for him.
5/9/2012 | Athletics' Suzuki given day off on Wednesday
Wednesday's day game proved the perfect opportunity for manager Bob Melvin to rest a banged-up Kurt Suzuki, whose left hand has received quite the beating in recent days.
5/9/2012 | Padres' miscue snaps lengthy errorless streak
Before the Padres committed an error in the ninth inning of their 3-1 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday night, they had gone 64 innings without an error.
5/9/2012 | Cubs sneak past Braves behind spot-on Maholm
Bryan LaHair's RBI single in the seventh was all Paul Maholm needed to pitch the Cubs to a 1-0 victory Wednesday over the Braves. The victory secured the series and gave Chicago its fifth win in the last eight games.
5/9/2012 | Mo treated for blood clot
Mariano Rivera, who is sidelined for the season by an ACL tear in his right knee, was hospitalized overnight this week with what was diagnosed as a blood clot in his right calf. It should not affect his recovery from knee surgery.
5/9/2012 | Nursing groin injury, Tulo takes 'smart day'
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki did not appear on Wednesday after he experienced pain in his left groin the night before.
5/9/2012 | Janssen to take over closer duties for Blue Jays
Francisco Cordero's continued struggles at the back end of Toronto's bullpen have ultimately cost him the closer's job. Casey Janssen is expected to fill the role until Sergio Santos is ready to return from a right shoulder injury.
5/9/2012 | Fenway PA announcer Beane dies in car crash
Public address announcer Carl Beane, who took pride in being the "voice of Fenway Park," died on Wednesday after having a heart attack while driving on Wednesday in Sturbridge, Mass. He was 59.
5/9/2012 | Blue Jays' Lind dropped to eighth in lineup
Adam Lind has been dropped to No. 8 in the batting order in an attempt to jumpstart the Blue Jays' struggling offense.
5/9/2012 | MLB teams to build homes for tornado victims
Major League Baseball, the Players Trust and State Farm are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity International in an effort to build new homes with families in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- two of the communities devastated by the tornadoes in April and May of 2011.
5/9/2012 | Hamilton's heroic night prompts contract talk
Josh Hamilton tied a Major League record with four home runs against the Orioles on Tuesday night, and the immediate reaction was more widespread speculation on his contract situation.
5/9/2012 | Knee soreness forces Hammel to miss start
Pitcher Jason Hammel will have his next start pushed back, as the right-hander is dealing with right knee soreness that has progressively worsened over his past two or three starts, although the 29-year-old said Wednesday he's confident he can avoid the disabled list.
5/9/2012 | Powerful trio, Morrow lead Blue Jays to win
Brandon Morrow saw his string of quality outings continue with six strong innings of work in Toronto's 5-2 victory over the A's on Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum.
5/9/2012 | Rockies lefty Friedrich stops Padres in debut
The Rockies parlayed a strong Major League debut by Christian Friedrich into a win over the Padres on Wednesday that gave them a share of a three-game set.
5/9/2012 | Tribe's Hannahan sits out with sore left groin
Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan is currently nursing a sore left groin, but the injury is not considered serious.
5/9/2012 | Hurdle happy for former student Hamilton
Josh Hamilton's 2010 batting coach was asked about the Texas outfielder's monster Tuesday game, and it wasn't long before the conversation involved Pedro Alvarez.
5/9/2012 | Dodgers call up Van Slyke, put Rivera on DL
The Dodgers on Wednesday placed outfielder Juan Rivera on the 15-day disabled list with a significant hamstring strain or tear behind the left knee and recalled outfielder Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque.
5/9/2012 | Mejia starts for St. Lucie Mets, more slated
Barely a year removed from his status as the organization's top overall prospect, Jenrry Mejia appeared in an official game Wednesday for the first time in 12 months.
5/9/2012 | Role uncertain, Sale to have MRI on Thursday
Left-hander Chris Sale will have a precautionary MRI on his elbow on Thursday, and then the White Sox will determine whether he remains in the bullpen or resumes his starting role.
5/9/2012 | Jennings strong enough to pinch-hit
Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings entered Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Yankees as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, returning to action after a left knee sprain had sidelined him since he exited Sunday's game after the second inning.
5/9/2012 | Johnson knows Espinosa will come around
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa continues to struggle at the plate. Entering Wednesday's action against the Pirates, Espinosa is 19-for-102 (.186) with a home run and two RBIs, and leads the team in strikeouts with 37.
5/9/2012 | Back spasms force Bedard's early exit
Left-hander Erik Bedard, who had held off his history of injuries to set a pace for the Pirates' strong early-season pitching, was forced out of his Wednesday night start by back spasms while facing Washington's leadoff batter in the second inning.
5/9/2012 | Hamilton able to retrieve last two home run balls
Josh Hamilton said he was able to get back the baseballs he hit for his third and fourth home runs on Tuesday night. Reliever Mike Adams was on the case.
5/9/2012 | Francoeur, Bard glad to help Joplin, Tuscaloosa
For Jeff Francoeur and Daniel Bard, helping the communities of Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., was a no-brainer.
5/9/2012 | Deep cough has weakened Teixeira
Mark Teixeira's hacking cough was so violent and persistent on Tuesday, first-base umpire Jim Reynolds asked the Yankees slugger if he needed to stop the game at one point.
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