7/9/2013 | Morse getting close to Minor League rehab stint
Michael Morse has been sidelined since June 21 with a strained quadriceps in his right leg, but the outfielder has been taking batting practice with the club in recent days and putting on an impressive power shows as he nears his return to action.
7/9/2013 | Mattingly discusses Puig's reluctance with media
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on Tuesday defended rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, whose lack of cooperation with the media is drawing increasing scrutiny now that he's an All-Star Final Vote candidate.
7/9/2013 | Dyson just scratching the surface with Royals
Lorenzo Cain has been Kansas City's main contributor in center field this season, but manager Ned Yost knows he has an able reserve in Jarrod Dyson. Dyson, 28 years old, covers ground in center field as well as Cain and is far and away the Royals' fastest runner.
7/9/2013 | Both Reds catchers dealing with injuries
The sore left wrist bothering Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan wasn't much better after he sat out on Monday, but he was in the starting lineup vs. the Brewers on Tuesday. That's because the team's other catcher, Devin Mesoraco, was still dealing with back spasms.
7/9/2013 | Votto fulfills final wish for terminally ill fan
An act of kindness by first baseman Joey Votto last week gave a dying man, and Reds fan, a final thrill.
7/9/2013 | Padres stretching out Ross in Triple-A Tucson
The Padres are sending reliever Tyson Ross down to Triple-A Tucson in order to get him stretched out to start again. Ross began the season as the club's fifth starter, but landed on the disabled list on April 20 with a left shoulder injury.
7/9/2013 | Yankees form Final Vote alliance with Nationals
The Yankees have partnered with the Nationals in the 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote push, as the two clubs hope to send David Robertson and Ian Desmond to the Midsummer Classic.
7/9/2013 | Phillies nipping at Nats' heels after Hamels' gem
Cole Hamels went eight strong innings and the Phillies moved to within 1 1/2 games of the second-place Nationals with a 4-2 win on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.
7/9/2013 | A's call up right-handed prospect Gray
After promoting 2009 first-rounder Grant Green on Monday, the A's are expected to be joined in Pittsburgh on Wednesday by right-handed pitching prospect Sonny Gray, their first-round selection in 2011.
7/9/2013 | RiverDogs kick off their 2013 HOPE Week
Charleston RiverDogs players, local firefighters and members of the Lowcountry community ushered in the club's 2013 HOPE Week Initiative by supporting the American Lung Association (ALA) at the North Charleston Coliseum on Tuesday.
7/9/2013 | Trout says he's OK not taking part in HR Derby
Mike Trout, who was not asked to participate in Monday's Home Run Derby at Citi Field, competed in a Derby at the Minor League level and said, "I had fun with it. But I don't know if it was my thing."
7/9/2013 | Rockies acquire Boggs from Cardinals
The Rockies acquired right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs from St. Louis on Tuesday, and Boggs will be optioned to Double-A Tulsa. In exchange, the Cardinals received an international signing bonus slot.
7/9/2013 | Yankees trying to get slumping hitters going
The Yankees have no shortage of players going through prolonged hitting slumps this year. They rank No. 24 in the league in hits this season, and their .242 team average is the sixth-worst mark in the Major Leagues entering Tuesday.
7/9/2013 | Fowler hopeful to return to Rockies on Thursday
Center fielder Dexter Fowler emerged from the indoor batting cage at Colorado Springs on Tuesday and delivered good news for the Rockies. The outfielder said that he plans on playing on Thursday.
7/9/2013 | Throwing off his feet, Anderson makes progress
Lefty Brett Anderson took a step forward in his rehab from a right foot stress fracture Tuesday by throwing from 105 feet back in the Bay Area.
7/9/2013 | Cespedes joins elite group with Derby invite
The inclusion of Yoenis Cespedes in Monday's Home Run Derby carries a bit of historic significance. Cespedes, who was not named to the American League All-Star squad, became the fourth player in history to be chosen for the Derby but not the Midsummer Classic.
7/9/2013 | Gomez making case for Gold Glove
Carlos Gomez's game-saving catch on Monday night was only the latest sign that the Brewers' Gold Glove drought may end this season.
7/9/2013 | Suspensions reportedly looming in Biogenesis case
Even as Major League Baseball continues its investigation into allegations that the now defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic supplied illegal performance-enhancing substances to nearly two dozen players, multiple reports surfaced Tuesday suggesting that suspensions could be announced sooner rather than later.
7/9/2013 | Scheppers' velocity, 'attitude' reasons for improvement
Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said American League Final Vote candidate Tanner Scheppers has become a more effective pitcher because he has focused on his strength, which is "a sinking fastball with velocity and attitude."
7/9/2013 | McCarthy edges closer to return to D-backs
D-backs right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who has been on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation since May 31, took another step toward returning to the rotation when he threw a simulated game Tuesday.
7/9/2013 | Toronto giving Lawrie a look at second in rehab starts
Brett Lawrie is another step closer to the Major Leagues after he was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays are using the rehab assignment to give Lawrie an extended look at second base.
7/9/2013 | Morrow return date undecided; Santos getting closer
Right-hander Brandon Morrow threw a 25-pitch side session at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., but it's still unknown when he will be able to begin a rehab assignment.
7/9/2013 | Giants sign veteran Francoeur to play left field
The Giants signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a Minor League contract Tuesday and are hoping he can add some punch to their slumping lineup.
7/9/2013 | Wood could pitch in All-Star Game on side day
Manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday that Travis Wood, who will be the Cubs' sole representative in the July 16 game at Citi Field, could pitch one inning or face one batter, depending on what National League manager Bruce Bochy needs.
7/9/2013 | Porter wants to rest Norris in case of All-Star call
Astros manager Bo Porter said Bud Norris' Tuesday start against the Cardinals will likely be his last before the break. Norris is having the best year of any Astros starter, and Porter believes the right-hander is a candidate to be selected as an alternate for the AL All-Star team.
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