8/24/2012 | Mariners' Smoak pushing through rough spell
Justin Smoak hasn't put up big offensive numbers since replacing an injured Mike Carp, but the Mariners first baseman continues to stay positive as he works on his swing from both sides of the plate.
8/24/2012 | Davis hits three homers as Orioles top Blue Jays
Chris Davis had three monster swings on Friday night, becoming the first Orioles player since Nick Markakis in 2006 to post a three-homer game in a 6-2 win over Toronto at Camden Yards.
8/24/2012 | Larkin's busy summer reaches fitting end in Cincy
This weekend, in his hometown of Cincinnati, Barry Larkin was back for another celebration of his ascension to baseball immortality.
8/24/2012 | Wright's 200th career homer upheld after review
David Wright's 200th career home run was worth the wait -- in more ways than one. Sitting on 199 homers for 25 games, Wright launched a Jordan Lyles fastball off the right-field foul pole in the fourth inning Friday. But he had to wait another two minutes and 19 seconds for umpires to review the play before confirming the homer.
8/24/2012 | Twins' Diamond suspended six games, plans to appeal
Scott Diamond was handed a six-game suspension by Major League baseball on Friday and is planning to appeal the suspension.
8/24/2012 | Lester forced to leave start with leg cramp
Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester left Friday's start against the Royals in the eighth inning with a cramp in his left hamstring. Lester won his first game at Fenway Park in nearly two months.
8/24/2012 | MLB center stage for SU2C's biannual telethon
Stand Up To Cancer's biannual prime-time telethon is returning at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 7, and Major League Baseball will once again be a prominent participant.
8/24/2012 | Morrow returns to the mound on Saturday
The wave of reinforcements will continue for the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon when Brandon Morrow takes the mound for the first time in more than two months.
8/24/2012 | D-backs' Upton rests, dismisses waivers report
On the same day that a report said Justin Upton was claimed off waivers, he was not in the lineup for a third consecutive game Friday due to a nagging hamstring injury.
8/24/2012 | Twins' Willingham scratched on Friday with stiff neck
Josh Willingham missed his second straight game with a stiff neck that he began feeling after he woke up Thursday morning.
8/24/2012 | Marquis wearing cast, eager to return for Padres
Jason Marquis suffered a fractured trapezium bone in his left hand on Tuesday after taking a line drive off his glove hand against the Pirates.
8/24/2012 | Manto allowing White Sox hitters to be 'different'
White Sox manager Robin Ventura took time during Friday's pregame media session to praise hitting coach Jeff Manto for his work this season.
8/24/2012 | Giavotella pumped up about Fenway debut
Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella was fired up about playing his first game at Fenway Park on Friday night. Fenway fans are seeing a confident, content and relaxed Giavotella who was playing his sixth game since being recalled last Saturday.
8/24/2012 | Swisher backs dominant CC's victorious return
CC Sabathia returned to the Yankees' rotation with a flourish, delivering a commanding 7 1/3-inning effort as he led New York to a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.
8/24/2012 | Gomes' late blast gives A's big win over Rays
Right-hander Jarrod Parker delivered a quality start with six innings of three-run ball and the offense used two-out magic in the fourth and eighth innings, highlighted by Jonny Gomes' go-ahead two-run homer that led the A's to a 5-4 victory.
8/24/2012 | Bodley: Young Nationals unfazed by pennant race
The Nationals, with the best record in the Major Leagues, have built their amazing summer around a core of young, energetic players and superb pitching, but most of these athletes have never played for a division leader poised for the postseason.
8/24/2012 | Kendrick's streak ends, but Phillies fend off Nats
Kyle Kendrick allowed four hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings in Friday's 4-2 win over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. His 21-inning scoreless streak was snapped in the seventh, but he improved to 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in his last three starts.
8/24/2012 | Braves' McCann playing through shoulder pain
Brian McCann understands that he could be damaging his financial future by continuing to play through the right shoulder discomfort that has plagued him this year. But as long as he feels he can benefit the Braves, the six-time All-Star catcher has no desire to take the selfish route.
8/24/2012 | Posey returns, but will be careful running bases
Buster Posey was back in the lineup for the Giants' game against the Braves on Friday after missing two games with a tight right hamstring, though he said he will need to remain cautious with the injury throughout the remainder of the season.
8/24/2012 | Free-agent-to-be Lee's reps contact Marlins
Carlos Lee may not be just a rental, after all. A free agent after the season, the 36-year-old intends to play in 2013.
8/24/2012 | Eyeing MLB-leading 17th win, Gio opposes Doc
If he notches his 17th win Saturday night against the Phillies -- who send Roy Halladay to the hill -- Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez would set a single-season club record and also take the Major League lead in wins this season.
8/24/2012 | Morrow makes his return against Orioles
8/24/2012 | Yanks send surging Kuroda against reeling Tribe
Hiroki Kuroda rolls into his latest outing on Saturday night at Progressive Field against the Indians, whose defeat in Friday's series opener was their ninth straight. Cleveland will counter with Justin Masterson.
8/24/2012 | Playoff implications abound in A's-Rays finale
The series finale between the A's and Rays has postseason implications, as both clubs are front and center in the American League Wild Card race. Oakland will send Brandon McCarthy to the mound and the Rays will counter with Jeremy Hellickson.
8/24/2012 | Youth on display as Rockies, Cubs continue series
With the Cubs out of the playoff picture, manager Dale Sveum sees the stretch run as the perfect time to evaluate some of the young talent on the team's roster. That process will continue on Saturday, when Brooks Raley takes the hill against the Rockies' Alex White at Wrigley Field.
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