8/8/2012 | Ozzie leaning toward putting Bell back as closer
Performance was the reason Heath Bell was removed from the closer's role at the All-Star break. On the flip side, how he's pitched is earning the veteran right-hander another shot at recording the final outs for Miami.
8/8/2012 | Playoff percentages appear to be in Pirates' favor
The sages at Baseball Prospectus have determined that heading into Wednesday night's game, the Pirates had a 55.5 percent chance of making the playoffs.
8/8/2012 | Bautista's second wrist MRI shows improvement
Jose Bautista is expected to resume swinging the bat on Monday after his latest MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of mild inflammation in his left wrist.
8/8/2012 | Johan won't be limited in return from DL
Johan Santana threw his scheduled bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field, and manager Terry Collins said the southpaw will pitch without any limitations on Saturday against the Braves.
8/8/2012 | Leyland downplays Valverde's adventurous save
Tigers closer Jose Valverde entered Tuesday night's game against the Yankees with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. However, Detroit just barely escaped with a 6-5 victory after Valverde surrendered two runs on three hits and a walk, and left runners on second and third.
8/8/2012 | Wedge puts umpire issue behind him
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said his unhappiness with the controversial call on Mike Carp pulling his foot from the bag in the 14th inning of Tuesday's 8-7 loss to the Orioles was behind him by the time he awoke Wednesday.
8/8/2012 | Butler 'fits' power game in offensive arsenal
Royals designated hitter Billy Butler couldn't quite put his finger on why his home run production is up this season. Manager Ned Yost didn't need to think when asked for his thoughts about Butler's power surge.
8/8/2012 | Manuel expects Howard's bat to get going soon
Despite Ryan Howard's struggles, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has continued to express faith in his big left-handed slugger.
8/8/2012 | Jackson, Vitters set to make Wrigley debuts
Thursday will be the first home game at Wrigley Field for Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. They'll probably have a few butterflies.
8/8/2012 | Richard's shutout leads Padres to sweep
Clayton Richard tossed his first complete game of the season on Wednesday, leading the Padres to a 2-0 victory over the Cubs in front of a crowd of 24,663 at Petco Park.
8/8/2012 | Ethier looking to find his early-season form
Through the first two months of the season, Andre Ethier was one of the top run producers in all of baseball. That is far from the case over the past couple of months.
8/8/2012 | Nationals' Wang exits rehab outing with injury
Complaining of soreness in his right hip, Chien-Ming Wang was pulled from his Minor League rehab assignment after another rough outing Tuesday night.
8/8/2012 | Chemistry or winning first for White Sox?
White Sox players have frequently talked about the special bond running in the clubhouse back to the start of 2012. So in this particular instance, the team winning might have only enhanced that tight-knit chemistry already in place.
8/8/2012 | Melky focused on baseball, not next contract
While rumors swirled Wednesday that Melky Cabrera and the Giants have chosen to discontinue negotiations for a long-term contract extension until after the season, Cabrera dispelled the reports prior to Wednesday's game in St. Louis.
8/8/2012 | Astros plan to increase relations with Mexico
If general manager Jeff Luhnow has his way, his club could soon be playing some exhibition games south of the border.
8/8/2012 | Cardinals' Berkman feeling soreness in left knee
On the disabled list because of inflammation in his right knee, Lance Berkman is now also experiencing discomfort in his left knee. Recent tests done on that knee came back negative, but the complications are the latest reminder that Berkman's opportunity to contribute in 2012 will likely be limited.
8/8/2012 | Venters' arm feels best it has all season
Jonny Venters created some concern when he experienced left elbow discomfort just one week after coming off the disabled list. But since getting a chance to rest his elbow for another week, the 27-year-old has been encouraged by the way his left arm has felt.
8/8/2012 | Upton puts in extra time after Tuesday's game
The game had ended nearly an hour before, but outfielder Justin Upton was not through swinging just yet. Upton, along with teammates Chris Young and Aaron Hill, took to the visitor's batting cage at PNC Park at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday to take some hacks.
8/8/2012 | Cobb's seven strong give Rays series vs. Jays
Alex Cobb struck out seven and walked none in seven strong innings of work against the Blue Jays, limiting them to one run on five hits in a 3-2 win Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
8/8/2012 | Stanton homers twice in rout
Giancarlo Stanton blasted a pair of two-run homers, and he finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs to help power the Marlins to a 13-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
8/8/2012 | Walker boosts Bucs with career-high five RBIs
Kevin Correia, making his first start since being sent to the bullpen two weeks ago, hurled six-hit ball for six innings on Wednesday and Neil Walker tied his career high with five RBIs in the Pirates' 7-6 win over the D-backs.
8/8/2012 | Braves storm back in seventh against Phils
Dan Uggla's bases-clearing double in the seventh inning capped a three-hit performance and provided the Braves a lead they would not relinquish on the way to claiming an eventful 12-6 win against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
8/8/2012 | Tulo takes a step forward in bid to return
Rockies' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki tested his surgically-repaired left groin before Tuesday's game with the Dodgers in a workout that included 75 ground balls on the Dodger Stadium infield.
8/8/2012 | Belief starts to build within A's clubhouse
There are no Reggie Jacksons, Rickey Hendersons or Bash Brothers in this outfit. But that might be what's driving a team with a chip on its collective shoulder, determined to show the world it belongs on the big stage.
8/8/2012 | Tears of joy for Treanor as wife wins Olympic gold
Matt Treanor's eyes got puffy and red as they welled up on Wednesday afternoon when his wife, Misty May-Treanor, won her third Olympic gold medal with teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings in the women's beach volleyball final.
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