7/23/2012 | Doubront, Red Sox face tough task in Texas
The Red Sox have played five games on the road against first-place teams. On Monday, they begin a six-game road trip featuring a pair of series against the two best teams in baseball, starting with the Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington.
7/23/2012 | Haren's outing a breath of fresh air for Halos
Those panic alarms that sounded across Southern California during Ervin Santana's dismal outing on Saturday were shut off by Dan Haren on Sunday evening at Angel Stadium.
7/23/2012 | Flurry of sweeps shakes up playoff races
Eight, count 'em, eight series sweeps were completed on the same day, and each one provided drama, momentum for the winner, and something else to stick under the brim of your cap as we march forward toward October.
7/23/2012 | The Week Ahead: The song remains the same
We entered play on July 23, 2011, with a mixed bag of contenders. By October, some had bolted ahead of the rest of their divisions. Some squeezed into the playoff fray on an unforgettable last day. Some sunk out of the mix with a resounding thud. That probably means, as usual, that we shouldn't be surprised to see it play out that way again.
7/23/2012 | Contenders hoping to avoid slides of last season
With two factors in play -- wanting to reverse the disappointment of fading down the stretch last year and having a second Wild Card spot available this time around -- both teams are hoping to avoid the pitfalls that undid them last season and keep playing deep into October.
7/23/2012 | Upon further review: Last year's trade outcomes
How have some of the trades in the days leading up to last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline played out so far?
7/23/2012 | Injury helped change career for Indians' Pestano
Vinnie Pestano sat quietly in the doctor's office, just he and a surgeon. It was the last place Pestano wanted to find himself, especially only a month before the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
7/23/2012 | Blue Jays' Janssen earning long overdue respect
Underappreciated and undervalued for most of his career, Casey Janssen is finally getting the respect he deserves in the Blue Jays' bullpen.
7/23/2012 | Rays relying on Price's maturing arm
David Price may be the most dominant starting pitcher in the American League, and the Rays' playoff hopes ride partially on his left arm.
7/23/2012 | MLB Notebook: Trout born to score runs
During his current 14-game streak of scoring at least once, Angels outfielder Mike Trout has scored a total of 18 runs. For the season, Trout is averaging .95 runs per game played, putting him in elite company.
7/23/2012 | Tigers, A's make big moves in Power Rankings
The second half of the season is only 10 days old, but one familiar trend has already emerged: The beasts of the East now include the Washington Nationals, and the West is proving to be wild.
7/23/2012 | Zimmerman earns NL Player of Week Award
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been on a tear at the plate lately, and his hot bat netted him the National League Player of the Week Award on Monday.
7/23/2012 | Noble: Living legends on hand to celebrate HOF Weekend
Some of the greatest players alive were in Cooperstown this past weekend, including Willie Mays, Ernie Banks and Steve Carlton.
7/23/2012 | Reds mourn loss of part-owner Nippert
Louise Nippert, an owner of the Reds since 1966, passed away Monday morning. She was 100.
7/23/2012 | Larkin humbled by Hall of Fame weekend
Barry Larkin and the late Ron Santo have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Larkin was humbled by the experience and is happy to join baseball's most elite fraternity.
7/23/2012 | Nationals relievers stop by the MLB Fan Cave
Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard, Ryan Mattheus and Craig Stammen hung out at the MLB Fan Cave on Monday before the Nationals got their seven-game trip under way at Citi Field.
7/23/2012 | Justice: A's exceeding even Beane's expectations
General manager Billy Beane's plan for the A's is way ahead of schedule, but just because he's in an unexpected position, he's not going to let a prime opportunity pass away.
7/23/2012 | Trades shake up Astros' Minor League system
The flurry of trades the Astros have made in the last month have infused the Minor League system with even more bodies, some of whom have found their way to Double-A Corpus Christi.
7/23/2012 | Kvasnicka displays power from both sides of plate
Mike Kvasnicka, the No. 33 overall pick in the 2010 Draft, homered from each side of the plate Sunday for Class A Lexington, going 3-for-4 and driving in seven runs in a 13-7 win over Greenville.
7/23/2012 | Rookie righty West unhittable to begin career
Rookie starter Aaron West has gotten off to a blazing hot start in his young career with short-season Tri-City.
7/23/2012 | Cosart overcomes minor injury problems
Jarred Cosart has been blessed with a talented right arm, but he can also thank Stan's Rodeo Ointment for his recent success.
7/23/2012 | Yankees acquire Ichiro for two prospects
The Ichiro Suzuki era came to an abrupt end on an overcast Monday afternoon at Safeco Field, as the star outfielder crossed over to the visiting clubhouse to greet members of the New York Yankees -- his new teammates.
7/23/2012 | Gammons: Wife's story raises Santo to higher level
With a speech that may have been the most inspirational, emotional and courageous that many of us have ever heard at the Hall of Fame's annual passage through history, Ron Santo today is an even larger figure than a great baseball player.
7/23/2012 | Marlins deal Anibal, Infante for Tigers prospects
With the Marlins slipping further behind in the National League East, the team traded second baseman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers for Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn. The teams agreed to swap competitive balance picks in 2013.
7/23/2012 | Hardy finding groove, gets planned rest from O's
Batting .220 on the season, J.J. Hardy has started turning things around in the last week. During his six-game hitting streak, he is 7-for-26, but until Sunday, when he hit a two-run home run and a clutch RBI single, he hadn't driven in any runs.
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