5/5/2012 | Beltre's pinch homer sinks Indians in 11th
Pinch-hitter Adrian Beltre belted a three-run homer in the top of the 11th to lift the Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Indians on Saturday and snap Texas' three-game skid.
5/5/2012 | Buehrle goes distance as Marlins top Padres
A tapped-out Marlins bullpen was in need of a night off. Mark Buehrle made sure they got it. The veteran left-hander stepped up with a complete game, and the Marlins clipped the Padres, 4-1, on Saturday night at Petco Park.
5/5/2012 | Astros' Lowrie gets help from replay on fourth homer
After disappearing underneath the third-base stands in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-2 win over the Cardinals, it only took the umpires a matter of seconds to give Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie his team-high fourth home run of the season.
5/5/2012 | Jay continues his scorching-hot start for Cards
Jon Jay's hitting streak ended at 11 games on Thursday. But the Cardinals' center fielder was back at it again on Friday, adding two more hits to his season total. He hit .488 during the streak and had three three-hit games in the first five games of the recent homestand.
5/5/2012 | Cards' Beltran returns to lineup to face Astros
Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran returned to the St. Louis lineup to face his former team, the Astros, on Saturday evening.
5/5/2012 | Cards' skipper Matheny impressed by NL Central
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been impressed with the play of his team's opponents in the Central Division so far this season.
5/5/2012 | Cards' Descalso gets start in place of Schumaker
Daniel Descalso got the start at second base on Saturday against Houston starter Bud Norris, despite Friday's starter, Skip Schumaker, reaching base three times. Schumaker has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and started five of the last seven games at second base.
5/5/2012 | As closers fall, Hanrahan's value goes up
Major League closers are going down like shooting-gallery ducks, most with injury, some with ineffectiveness. When possible replacements for needy clubs are discussed, Joel Hanrahan's name is never far from the top of the list.
5/5/2012 | Homecoming for Hoover in Pittsburgh
Reds reliever J.J. Hoover is a graduate of Elizabeth-Forward High School in suburban Pittsburgh, and he's thrilled to be wearing a Major League uniform in his hometown this weekend.
5/5/2012 | Hot Alvarez moved into cleanup spot
Everyone around the Pirates knew the team would be best off the day Pedro Alvarez began hitting like a cleanup hitter. That day became Saturday, when Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle validated Alvarez's remarkable turnaround by inserting him into the four-hole against the Reds.
5/5/2012 | Astros' Weiland discusses shoulder surgery
Wearing a sling and sporting an IV port he uses to receive his antibiotics treatment, right-hander Kyle Weiland met with reporters Saturday for the first time since undergoing surgery on Tuesday to clear up an infection in his right shoulder.
5/5/2012 | Astros' prospect Cosart excited to join Triple-A squad
Jarred Cosart, the Astros' top pitching prospect, who was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, joined his new team in Omaha on Saturday and was brimming with excitement. He went 1-2 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts at Double-A Corpus Christi.
5/5/2012 | Astros' Cruz scheduled to throw in Triple-A rehab stint
Relief pitcher Rhiner Cruz, who's been on the disabled list since April 24 with a right ankle sprain, was scheduled to throw one inning on Saturday night in a rehab stint for Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha. He's also scheduled to throw Monday before being re-evaluated.
5/5/2012 | Robertson ready for any role Yanks need
If the Yankees are in a save situation on Saturday, the call would go to David Robertson. That might not be the case every day, as the Yankees haven't assigned a set closer, but it's of no concern to the right-hander.
5/5/2012 | Rangers want Feliz to follow Darvish's lead
Manager Ron Washington said that right-hander Yu Darvish's success recently comes from being able to establish his fastball and then mix in the secondary pitches. That's the lesson the Rangers want Neftali Feliz to learn.
5/5/2012 | Rangers' Young expected Mo to come back
Rangers infielder Michael Young said he wasn't surprised when Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera announced on Friday that he expects to pitch again in 2013.
5/5/2012 | Swisher goes through complete workout
Nick Swisher has an outside chance of returning to the Yankees' lineup on Sunday for the club's series finale at Kauffman Stadium.
5/5/2012 | Rangers' Cruz looking to find his groove
Nelson Cruz had an RBI single in the sixth inning of Friday's 6-3 loss to the Indians that snapped an 0-for-14 skid. But he still entered Saturday's game hitting .159 (7-for-44) in his last 12 games.
5/5/2012 | Beltre close to resuming full-time duties
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup on Saturday for a fourth straight game with a strained left hamstring, though he did run and take ground balls beforehand.
5/5/2012 | Heart of Yanks' lineup showing signs of life
There are signs of life from the heart of the Yankees' lineup, which is a very welcome development for manager Joe Girardi. Mark Teixeira homered, singled and reached on an error in Friday's 6-2 win over the Royals, and both Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano also rapped hits.
5/5/2012 | Durbin settling into a groove in Braves' bullpen
Chad Durbin was not overly concerned when he surrendered a home run in each of his first three appearances with the Braves this season. But the veteran reliever admits he should benefit from the confidence he has gained while allowing a run in just one of the nine appearances that have followed.
5/5/2012 | Braves' Prado plays on Saturday
Martin Prado was too sick to leave the team hotel on Friday. But he improved enough on Saturday to come to Coors Field to work out and prepare himself to return to the Braves' lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies. Having reacted well to the conditioning work he completed before the game, Prado entered Saturday night's game in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter.
5/5/2012 | Hinske a valuable asset on Braves' bench
As Eric Hinske prepared for Saturday's game against the Rockies, he playfully said there should be fantasy leagues that focus only on bench players. If there were and a draft was held today, Hinske might be the top selection.
5/5/2012 | Cozart adjusting to leadoff role
Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart finished Saturday's game against the Pirates leading all National League rookies in runs scored (16), extra-base hits (12), total bases (45) and multi-hit games (eight).
5/5/2012 | Ludwick returns to Pittsburgh with Reds
Before batting practice on Saturday, Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick was walking through the visiting clubhouse at PNC Park and singing along to a Kelly Clarkson song that was blaring through the speakers.
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