7/5/2013 | Porter repeats lineup, keeping Altuve leadoff
Astros manager Bo Porter has not hesitated to shuffle his young lineup, using 73 different batting orders in the first 86 games, but he may have found one he likes. He repeated the same lineup he used Wednesday for Friday's series opener against the Rangers.
7/5/2013 | Astros try for continued improvement against Darvish
The first time the Astros saw Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish this season, the Japanese phenom recorded 26 consecutive outs before Marwin Gonzalez spoiled Darvish's perfect game bid with a single up the middle. They face him again Saturday at Rangers Ballpark.
7/5/2013 | Candidates Castro, Norris await All-Star Game fate
With All-Star Game rosters set to be announced at 5:30 p.m. CT Saturday on FOX, the only thing the Astros know for sure is that they will have a representative, as does every MLB club. Who it will be -- and whether there will be more than one -- are still unanswered questions.
7/5/2013 | Laird, Gonzalez ejected for arguing third-strike call
Braves catcher Gerald Laird was looking forward to the opportunity to face Cliff Lee on Friday night. But after looking at three pitches thrown from Lee, Laird unleashed his fury on home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez and earned his first ejection of the season. Fredi Gonzalez was also tossed when he came out to voice his opinion.
7/5/2013 | Tigers activate Tuiasosopo from DL, option Garcia
The Tigers recalled Matt Tuiasosopo from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo and activated him from the DL on Friday, the first day he was eligible to return. To make room, Detroit optioned Avisail Garcia back to Toledo.
7/5/2013 | Scherzer to go for more history in Monday's finale
Max Scherzer will have a chance to match Roger Clemens' 14-0 start from 1986 when he takes the mound here at Progressive Field for Monday night's series finale against the Indians. From there, it's a short distance to record territory, and he'd match a Cleveland hero if he got it.
7/5/2013 | Infante hoping to return by end of Tribe series
Omar Infante was walking around the clubhouse without much limitations on Friday, two days after Rasmus' slide left him with a left shin contusion. His main limitation now is the left ankle, which also took an impact from the slide.
7/5/2013 | Valverde makes first outing at Triple-A
Jose Valverde made his debut at Triple-A Toledo on Thursday by retiring the side in order in the ninth inning to finish out a 7-0 Mud Hens win. It marked his first outing since accepting an outright assignment to Toledo last week.
7/5/2013 | Leyland 'totally relaxed' about All-Star rosters
Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn't say his American League All-Star roster scenarios were set depending on the outcomes of the fan vote for the starting lineup and the player vote for most pitchers and reserves. However, he sounded Friday like a manager whose work picking out All-Stars was done.
7/5/2013 | Marcum takes on former team in effort to stay hot
Two former teammates who endured up-and-down first halves square off in Milwaukee on Saturday night as the Mets look to clinch the series against the Brewers and win a third consecutive outing for beleaguered starter Shaun Marcum. Yovani Gallardo starts for the Brewers.
7/5/2013 | Displaying patience, Morse waits to test legs
Michael Morse was supposed to run the bases at Great American Ball Park before Friday's game against the Reds to test his strained right quadriceps. Wet conditions and a little soreness, manager Eric Wedge said, prevented that from happening.
7/5/2013 | Braun scheduled for BP session Saturday
Ryan Braun took about 50 swings in the batting cage Friday and will take batting practice on the field Saturday to continue his road back from a right hand injury that has kept him out nearly a month.
7/5/2013 | Brewers ink deals with Draft picks Johnson, Davis
The Brewers singed two more selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft in left-handed pitcher Hobbs Johnson (University of North Carolina, 14th round) and outfielder Johnny Davis (West Los Angeles Community College, 22nd round).
7/5/2013 | Peralta may make regular start; Figaro back soon
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wily Peralta threw an "outstanding" bullpen session Friday and may be able to start his turn in the rotation Sunday against the Mets. Roenicke also said the Brewers are also on the brink of returning Alfredo Figaro to their rotation, but Marco Estrada will take some more time.
7/5/2013 | Chen could return to rotation next week
Wei-Yin Chen, sidelined for six weeks by a strained right oblique muscle, joined the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Friday. Baltimore wants the southpaw to test himself one more time with a bullpen session, and if everything's OK, he should be back on the mound next week.
7/5/2013 | Showalter interested to see who gets All-Star nods
Orioles manager Buck Showalter found himself courting some interesting achievements on the eve of the All-Star announcements.
7/5/2013 | Kelly eager to make most of chance in rotation
The Cardinals' four-man rotation will come to a end Saturday when Joe Kelly steps into the fifth spot for his second start of the season, an afternoon contest against the Miami Marlins.
7/5/2013 | Blue Jays hope Dickey can get them on a roll
The Blue Jays know they need another solid winning streak if they want to contend in the AL East, and on Saturday, they send R.A. Dickey to the hill against the Twins. Minnesota, in the midst of a six-game skid, tabs Mike Pelfrey.
7/5/2013 | Miley looking to earn series victory over Rockies
Drew Pomeranz will try to prove he belongs in the starting rotation when he takes on left-hander Wade Miley and the D-backs on Saturday evening at Chase Field.
7/5/2013 | Gasparini passes physical, meets Royals
The Royals' new 16-year-old Italian signee, shortstop Marten Gasparini, is spending a couple of days in town for a physical examination and to meet the team.
7/5/2013 | Royals ask for release waivers on Francoeur
If his release is granted, outfielder Jeff Francoeur will become a free agent available to other teams for the pro-rated minimum. The Royals will be responsible for the remainder of his $6.75 million salary.
7/5/2013 | Skaggs spins eight shutout frames to sink Rockies
Donning special black uniforms and patches to pay homage to the 19 firefighters who died in a Northern Arizona wildfire earlier this week, the D-backs took down the Rockies, 5-0, in front of 45,505 fans as top prospect Tyler Skaggs turned in the best outing of his young career.
7/5/2013 | Positive outlook carries Manny in comeback attempt
In what might be his final shot to play in the Majors, Manny Ramirez knows he can't miss a beat. For someone who's famously marched to his own drummer, it's a chance to script a better ending to his career.
7/5/2013 | Dodgers, Giants make offers for Nolasco
According to a league source familiar with the talks, the Dodgers are offering a pitching prospect and are also willing to assume the remaining nearly $5.7 million Ricky Nolasco will make this season. The Giants are said to be the other club, offering two pitching prospects. But San Francisco is looking for Miami to assume at least a portion of what is left on the righty's contract.
7/5/2013 | Marlins to make sure Stanton gets necessary rest
The way Giancarlo Stanton ran down Dan Uggla's long fly ball on Thursday night showed the right fielder legs are holding up. The Marlins are closely monitoring Stanton to make sure he stays that way.
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