8/30/2012 | Braves ready to finish the job this September
Like those who have lived to tell the tale about being struck by lightning, the Braves will not enter this season's final month with the assumption that they will be protected from enduring a crushing late-season collapse for a second straight season.
8/30/2012 | Offense breaks out as A's pick up sixth straight win
Reserve catcher George Kottaras and second baseman Cliff Pennington fueled a five-run fourth inning that catapulted the A's to a 12-7 win and a four-game sweep of the Indians at Progressive Field.
8/30/2012 | Beavan gets Mariners back on track vs. Twins
It took a little tight-rope action by closer Tom Wilhelmsen in the ninth inning, but Blake Beavan won his sixth game in the last six weeks as the Mariners beat the Twins 5-4 Thursday.
8/30/2012 | Rollins benched by Manuel after not hustling
Charlie Manuel pulled Jimmy Rollins from Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Mets when Rollins did not hustle to first base on an infield popup in the sixth inning.
8/30/2012 | Cubs come from behind to win walk-off thriller
Alfonso Soriano hit a walk-off RBI single with one out in the ninth Thursday to cap a three-run rally and lift the Cubs to a 12-11 win over the Brewers.
8/30/2012 | Bautista gets 411 on surgery from Rays' Fuld
Jose Bautista, who will undergo surgery on his left wrist on Tuesday, has a similar injury to that sustained by Rays outfielder Sam Fuld, and the two spoke at length.
8/30/2012 | Work on mound merely sliver of Belisle's routine
Matt Belisle's performance is so consistent, it's almost taken for granted -- even though the reliever himself takes almost nothing for granted.
8/30/2012 | Pittsburgh officially diagnosed with pennant fever
If pennant fever -- the genuine, September-strain pennant fever -- has a perceptible incubation point, in Pittsburgh, it struck at 9:52 p.m. ET Wednesday night.
8/30/2012 | Strasburg has 'few more to go' before shutdown
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Stephen Strasburg's season is close to coming to an end. Johnson declined to say when that day will be.
8/30/2012 | Scott mans first for Rays for second time this season
Luke Scott made his second start of the season at first base on Thursday night in the opening game of the Rays' four-game series against the Blue Jays.
8/30/2012 | Tigers focused on scoring wins in division race
Despite being locked in a race for a division title, the Tigers aren't scoreboard watching. Well, maybe that's not entirely true. It's hard to miss scores in modern stadiums -- especially those involving the first-place White Sox.
8/30/2012 | Brewers' Marcum's exits early with calf cramp
Brewers starter Shaun Marcum did little to boost his trade value on Thursday, when he lasted only four innings and exited with cramping in his right calf before the Brewers lost to the Cubs, 12-11 at Wrigley Field.
8/30/2012 | Berkman to return Saturday as rosters expand
Manager Mike Matheny said to expect a "couple pitchers and a few position players" to join the Cardinals on Saturday, the first day that clubs can carry more than 25 players on their active rosters.
8/30/2012 | Royals partner up with MLB to battle ALS
The Royals joined all Major League clubs in supporting the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, on 4ALS Day prior to Thursday night's Tigers game.
8/30/2012 | Twins place Span on DL with ailing shoulder
The Twins placed Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list following Thursday's 5-4 loss to Seattle.
8/30/2012 | Feeling good, Huff ready to contribute to Giants
Aubrey Huff, who likely will be reinstated from the disabled list Saturday when active rosters can be expanded to 40 players, knows that he probably won't occupy a prominent role in the stretch drive. But he shares manager Bruce Bochy's hope that he can contribute as a pinch-hitter or late-inning replacement.
8/30/2012 | Billingsley gets plasma injection for sore elbow
Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured right elbow Thursday "to try to see if he's able to pitch again this year," manager Don Mattingly said.
8/30/2012 | Astros to monitor Clemens' next start
The Astros will once again have a scout on hand to watch Roger Clemens when he makes another start for the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters. The Skeeters announced Thursday that Clemens would make a second start for them Sept. 7.
8/30/2012 | Cards hope for best as Furcal feels elbow 'pop'
Unable to straighten his right elbow after feeling a sensation that he described as a "pop" on Thursday night, shortstop Rafael Furcal will travel back to St. Louis on Friday to undergo an MRI exam that will determine the severity of an injury the Cardinals are currently labeling as a right elbow strain.
8/30/2012 | Bard ready for action; Aceves' role still evolving
After having a day to get his feet wet in his return to the Red Sox, reliever Daniel Bard was officially recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and activated for Thursday night's finale with the Angels.
8/30/2012 | On bobblehead night, Scully throws out first pitch
With a hand from his 15 grandchildren, legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday's game against the D-backs on the night he was honored with a bobblehead.
8/30/2012 | Angels' signing of Aybar, Kendrick is paying off
Angels infielders Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick, both of whom re-upped with four-year deals this year, have come on strong of late after stumbling out of the gate this season.
8/30/2012 | D-backs downplay recent tension with Dodgers
The last time the D-backs saw the Dodgers, the men in blue were none too pleased.
8/30/2012 | Yanks to welcome O's for crucial AL East series
The streaking Orioles are hoping a successful weekend series in New York will put them ahead of the Yankees in the American League East for the first time since early June.
8/29/2012 | Serving as DH, Pujols goes 2-for-4 in return to lineup
Albert Pujols, absent from the Angels' last four games due to a bothersome right calf, still doesn't feel 100 percent healthy, but he feels good enough.
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