8/23/2012 | Playing in hometown, Morris pushes for Triple Crown
Huntsville Stars first baseman Hunter Morris is in the race for the Southern League Most Valuable Player Award this season, tearing up the competition in his hometown.
8/23/2012 | Marlins tasked with determining direction
Bringing in a high-profile manager and signing marquee free agents were steps the Marlins took in hopes of becoming a contender. On paper, the plan entering the season looked promising.
8/23/2012 | Gammons: MLB winning the fight against PEDs
The war against performance-enhancing drugs is seemingly endless, but since drug-testing became part of the baseball culture in 2005, the detection efforts have been refined and increased.
8/23/2012 | Soler has common history with hitting coach
Someday, Barbaro Garbey will sit down with Jorge Soler, the Cubs' 20-year-old phenom, and tell him a story.
8/23/2012 | Ringolsby: PED users cheat pennant races, fans
It was one thing for the sudden power surge of the 1990s, blamed on performance-enhancing drugs, to have left the historical significance of records sullied. It is quite another to suddenly have pennant races impacted.
8/23/2012 | Bauman: Suspensions tell two stories
There are two distinctly different ways to look at the recent suspensions of Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon. The overwhelming reaction is disappointment. We can't help but be dismayed when it turns out that impressive performances were pharmaceutically aided. But after the initial reaction, the debates begin.
8/23/2012 | Miggy says he's OK despite new ankle injury
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who had been dealing with a sore left ankle, left Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays with right ankle soreness. He's listed as day to day.
8/23/2012 | Gold medalist Douglas throws out first pitch
Olympic gold-medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas was born in Virginia Beach, Va., not far from the childhood home of Mets star David Wright.
8/23/2012 | Collins not upset with Francisco after outburst
Because Frank Francisco did not injure himself in the process, Mets manager Terry Collins said he had no problem with his closer's dugout outburst during the ninth inning Wednesday.
8/23/2012 | Voice Brown happy to see Buc Fever spreading
Pirates announcer Greg Brown has been with the team for 19 seasons, but he's never had to use his "Raise the Jolly Roger" call as frequently as this year.
8/23/2012 | Comfort and success a heady mix for Headley
In a groove offensively, Chase Headley has found not only a level of comfort and success but possibly a level of acceptance from Padres fans that eluded him for much of his career until now.
8/23/2012 | Royal presence: Perez a force at, behind plate
Salvador Perez hears the question -- how's the knee? -- and his brilliant white smile lights up his face. "Perfecto," he says. "Everything is good." That also could be the description of the Royals' 22-year-old catcher since he's returned to the lineup after 3 1/2 months of down time because of left knee surgery.
8/23/2012 | Kinney savoring every moment of his baseball life
Josh Kinney has been to baseball's pinnacle, and he's been to the farthest reaches of the bottom. His worst nightmare came true, and he's worked back from it.
8/23/2012 | Tigers tab Smyly to replace Fister on Saturday
Right-hander Doug Fister was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday against the Angels after the Tigers' medical staff determined his right groin strain wouldn't allow him to be ready to pitch.
8/23/2012 | Raburn gets desired results in rehab stint
Heading into his rehab assignment with Toledo, it didn't necessarily matter what position Tigers outfielder/second baseman Ryan Raburn played, just that he began getting results at the plate.
8/23/2012 | Tigers option Alburquerque to Triple-A Toledo
The clock has officially run out on Al Alburquerque's Minor League rehab assignment. The reliever was reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
8/23/2012 | Despite discomfort, Beltran says he feels great
While the cortisone injection is not a permanent cure for Carlos Beltran's left hand soreness, the shot seems to have done enough to keep the 35-year-old in the lineup for now.
8/23/2012 | Cubs claim pitcher Socolovich off waivers
The Cubs claimed pitcher Miguel Socolovich off waivers from the Orioles and optioned the right-hander to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.
8/23/2012 | Change in scenery, standings give Ichiro new life
Ichiro Suzuki has been thrilled by his first month with the Yankees, delivered into the heat of a pennant race after recognizing that he -- at age 38, and with dreams of winning a World Series -- no longer belonged on a Mariners club that needs to rebuild.
8/23/2012 | Meggie: Barney's 'D' becoming second to none
You know the old adage: Defense wins championships. If anyone can vouch for that, it's Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney, known in baseball circles for his defensive prowess.
8/23/2012 | Late run holds up as Rox sweep, push streak to five
Chris Nelson's RBI single in the eighth proved to be enough for the Rockies to finish a four-game sweep of the Mets with a 1-0 win on Thursday at Citi Field.
8/23/2012 | Jackson's glove, Avila's bat power Tigers in extras
Tigers ace Justin Verlander fanned 12 in a no-decision as Alex Avila delivered the winning hit in the 11th inning for a 3-2 victory to complete a series sweep of the Blue Jays on Thursday.
8/23/2012 | Rotator cuff inflammation forces Nova to DL
Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after an MRI revealed inflammation in the starter's right rotator cuff.
8/23/2012 | Before big trip, Cardinals rally to sweep Astros
With eight runs in a two-inning span, the Cardinals changed the complexion of a game that they would win, 13-5. The series sweep over the Astros put a wrap on a string of nine consecutive games at Busch Stadium.
8/23/2012 | O's have AL East matchups to hurdle in final stretch
The Orioles have a few tough series coming as they prepare for the playoff stretch, most of which come against division rivals.
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