4/17/2014 | Napoli back at cleanup; Uehara back in 'pen
The Red Sox had slugger Mike Napoli back in the cleanup hole and closer Koji Uehara back in the bullpen for Thursday night's 3-1 win in the series finale against the White Sox.
4/17/2014 | Martinez isn't rotation option in Kelly's absence
Though the Cardinals are unsure just how long a recovery is ahead for Joe Kelly, who sustained a left hamstring strain on Wednesday and is on the 15-day disabled list, the organization will have to find another fifth starter for at least the next two times through the rotation.
4/17/2014 | Rockies strike late to make winner of Morales
Franklin Morales went six strong innings and the Rockies came alive in the seventh in a 3-1 win over the Padres on Thursday at Petco Park.
4/17/2014 | Porter, Qualls and Keuchel getting over flu-like bug
Astros manager Bo Porter is never one to speak softly, but something finally managed to lower his voice a bit during the last several days. A "flu-like" bug has spread through the Astros' clubhouse, reaching everyone from Porter to the trainers to the Houston pitching staff.
4/17/2014 | Nathan records save; dead arm feels 'livelier'
When Joe Nathan talked about dead arm last week, he also talked about how quickly it can come back to life. That resuscitation seems to have started with his second save of the season on Thursday.
4/17/2014 | Ventura plays it smart when others disagree
As the late Jim Fregosi used to say, sometimes you have to learn how to lose a game. White Sox manager Robin Ventura has passed that course. Ventura took one for his team on Tuesday night, when he wound up using infielder Leury Garcia as a pitcher in a game that was tied at 4 in the 14th inning.
4/17/2014 | Astros option Chapman, call up Valdes
Houston purchased veteran left-hander Raul Valdes' contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned Kevin Chapman to the RedHawks on Thursday.
4/17/2014 | Springer settling in to life in the Major Leagues
In one respect, George Springer's whirlwind first day in the Major Leagues was no different than any other call-up's. But given the attention the slugging outfielder gained while raking in the Minors, how he's settling in to life in the Major Leagues after a hectic 36 hours is a top priority for the Astros.
4/17/2014 | Royals lock up sweep behind dominant Shields
James Shields led Kansas City to a 5-1 win over Houston at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep of the Astros.
4/17/2014 | Results positive for Fister in simulated game
Right-hander Doug Fister pitched in a simulated game on Thursday and worked two innings without any problems, according to manager Matt Williams.
4/17/2014 | Despite quad issue, Harper plays vs. Cards
Despite experiencing left quad tightness, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was in Thursday's lineup and playing left field against the Cardinals. Manager Matt Williams isn't worried that the injury could get worse.
4/17/2014 | Headley still dealing with biceps strain
Already battling an achy right knee for much of the early going, Chase Headley was out of the Padres' starting lineup for a second consecutive day Thursday with a mild right biceps strain.
4/17/2014 | Scuffling CarGo given breather in finale
With a .138 average against Padres starter Ian Kennedy, Carlos Gonzalez wasn't in the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday.
4/17/2014 | Segura: 'Just taking some time' to get going
Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, whose hot start last season carried him to the All-Star Game in New York, knows it is too early to start sweating the numbers he carried into Thursday's series opener at PNC Park.
4/17/2014 | Waino stymies Nationals with two-hit shutout
Adam Wainwright went the distance for the first time this season in firing a two-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead the Cardinals in an 8-0 win over the Nationals on Thursday night.
4/17/2014 | Tabata available one day after crashing into wall
Jose Tabata was available one day after crashing into the wall to make a catch.
4/17/2014 | Walker pleased with powerful start
Second baseman Neil Walker is off to a solid start for the Pirates, entering play on Thursday night batting .259 with five home runs and nine RBIs. He didn't hit his fifth home run last season until June.
4/17/2014 | Ryu dominates as Dodgers take down Giants
The Dodgers avoided a series sweep Thursday by beating Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, 2-1, behind seven scoreless innings from Hyun-Jin Ryu.
4/17/2014 | Harrison's heroics get Pirates' bats going in win
Josh Harrison delivered a two-run seventh-inning home run to lift the Bucs to an 11-2 win over the Brewers behind starter Edinson Volquez, who had another quality start.
4/17/2014 | Hall: Too soon to speculate on changes
A 4-14 start to the season has led to public speculation about the job status of D-backs general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson, and that makes team president/CEO Derrick Hall cringe.
4/17/2014 | Mariners Minor Leaguer Choi suspended 50 games
Ji-Man Choi, a first baseman for the Mariners' Triple-A Tacoma club, received a 50-game suspension without pay Thursday after testing positive for methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
4/17/2014 | Rangers turn to small ball to top Mariners in finale
Shin-Soo Choo went deep in the second inning, and small ball led by a pair of Leonys Martin sacrifice bunts propelled the Rangers to an 8-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon.
4/17/2014 | Hanley plans to play after game off with sore hand
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was not in the starting lineup Thursday, but he said his bruised hand had improved enough overnight that he expects to play Friday night vs. the D-backs at Dodger Stadium.
4/17/2014 | Phils ride Revere, Burnett past Braves
Ben Revere drove in the Phillies' first run since Monday in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday afternoon, and that was good enough for a 1-0 win over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
4/17/2014 | Kershaw turns up heat in latest bullpen session
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, currently on the disabled list, had his most aggressive bullpen session yet Thursday.
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