7/22/2013 | Back in lineup, Heyward playing it safe on bases
Jason Heyward returned to the Braves' lineup for Monday night's series opener against the Mets at Citi Field, though the outfielder said he might show some caution while running the bases over the next few days.
7/22/2013 | With Maholm DL-bound, chance arises for Wood
While Paul Maholm spends the next two weeks resting a bruised left wrist, Alex Wood will have a chance to prove he is ready to be a dependable part of Atlanta's starting rotation.
7/22/2013 | Apologetic Braun far from done
Ryan Braun can write whatever ending he chooses to write. That's the beauty of being 29 years old. He should be able to play at a high level for at least another three seasons, maybe more. He plays in a city that loves him, in front of fans who are looking for a reason to cheer for him. All in all, he's being dealt a pretty decent set of cards. What he does with those cards is up to him.
7/22/2013 | Davey disagrees with Eck's dismissal, but staying put
Nationals manager Davey Johnson acknowledged that he disagreed with the decision to dismiss hitting coach Rick Eckstein and called the move one of the toughest of his baseball career.
7/22/2013 | Nationals players take blame for Eckstein's dismissal
After learning on Monday that hitting coach Rick Eckstein had been fired, several Nationals players said that Eckstein was not to blame for their offensive woes this season.
7/22/2013 | Infante may not return until weekend
Detroit initially hoped to have second baseman Omar Infante back for the Royals series out of the All-Star break, but it appears he won't be ready for this week's four-game set against the White Sox, either.
7/22/2013 | Scherzer improves to 14-1; Miggy hurting
Max Scherzer worked eight innings to earn his 14th win, but the Tigers lost Miguel Cabrera to a sore left hip flexor in Monday night's 7-3 victory over the White Sox in Chicago.
7/22/2013 | Lawrie to jockey between second and third
While it seemed the Blue Jays wanted to pick a position for Brett Lawrie and have him stick with it, he continues to play both second base and third for the time being.
7/22/2013 | Prospect Villar bats leadoff in big league debut
Rookie shortstop Jonathan Villar, the 12th-ranked prospect in the Astros' system according to MLB.com, had a bunt single in his second at-bat, then stole second and scored on Chris Carter's two-out single in a 4-3 loss to the A's. Manager Bo Porter said Villar will be given every chance to show what he can do at the position.
7/22/2013 | Reddick's jack helps A's stay perfect vs. Houston
Oakland entered Monday 9-0 vs. Houston this year, and nearly watched the perfect record end with a thud as a result of poor situational hitting and even worse defense, before late-inning homers from Chris Young and Josh Reddick turned a two-run deficit into a 4-3 win at Minute Maid Park.
7/22/2013 | Cespedes again sits, remains day to day
Manager Bob Melvin said the plan is for left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who is dealing with a sore left wrist, to take batting practice on Tuesday, making a Wednesday or Thursday return more likely.
7/22/2013 | Anderson feels no discomfort after bullpen session
A's lefty Brett Anderson, missing from the rotation since April because of a stress fracture in his right foot, utilized all his pitches in the session with manager Bob Melvin looking on, and he continues to aim for an August return.
7/22/2013 | Braun suspended for remainder of season
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the remainder of 2013 and came clean Monday about violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
7/22/2013 | Rangers acquire coveted right-hander Garza
The Rangers on Monday night officially acquired right-hander Matt Garza from the Cubs for third baseman Mike Olt as well as pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards. To complete the deal, either one or two players to be named will be sent to the Cubs, who will have their choice of trade candidates.
7/22/2013 | Lagares wins NL Player of Week honors
Juan Lagares' blistering start to the second half has earned the Mets rookie his first career National League Player of the Week honors.
7/22/2013 | Kemp: X-rays negative, but he may return to DL
X-rays on Matt Kemp's sprained left ankle were negative, but he will likely miss the entire Blue Jays series and a decision about a return to the disabled list will probably be made Tuesday.
7/22/2013 | Buchholz gets good news from Dr. Andrews
Clay Buchholz got just the encouraging news he was looking for when he visited with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. There is nothing significantly wrong with Buchholz's right shoulder or neck; the pain he feels when he tries to throw off the mound is normal considering the time he has missed as he recovers from inflammation.
7/22/2013 | Nationals dismiss Eckstein, name Schu hitting coach
On Sunday morning, according to Rick Eckstein, Nationals manager Davey Johnson assured him that he was doing a good job as the team's hitting coach. On Monday afternoon, the Nationals' front office thought otherwise, for they relieved Eckstein of his duties and named Rick Schu the new hitting coach.
7/22/2013 | Moore's first shutout has Rays knocking on East door
Matt Moore pitched like an All-Star on Monday night in leading the Rays to a 3-0 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
7/22/2013 | Escobar back in lineup; Myers available off bench
After missing the first three games after the All-Star break with a mild strain of his right hamstring, Yunel Escobar was back in the lineup on Monday against the Red Sox. Wil Myers, who missed Sunday's game because of a sore wrist, did not start on Monday, though he was available off the bench.
7/22/2013 | New position, new challenges for Hernandez
Cesar Hernandez rose quickly through the Phillies' Minor League system as a second baseman. The dirt on the right side of the infield was his comfort zone. Recently, however, Hernandez is in foreign territory.
7/22/2013 | Cards' scouts find another hidden gem in Petrick
Small-school pitcher Zack Petrick went undrafted in 2012. A year later, the right-handed pitcher is one of the most intriguing arms in the Cardinals' farm system.
7/22/2013 | Three up, three down: Here come the Rays
MLB.com columnist Tracy Ringolsby takes a look at three teams on the rise and three that are going in the opposite direction.
7/22/2013 | Once again, Bucs facing Deadline quandary
With nine days to go to the Trade Deadline, this is a fascinating quandary for the Pirates and their lead baseball executive. GM Neal Huntington has the chips to go all-in, but doing so comes with the risk of still falling short while weakening the future. Yet Huntington absolutely cannot afford to be passive and see it all fall apart again.
7/22/2013 | Rookie class of 2012 turning out to be one for ages
Rookie classes, like fine wines, need time to age and mature before we can assess precisely how spectacular they are to the taste buds. In the case of 2012, however, the results already are dramatically evident. This class takes its place alongside any vintage we've seen.
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