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Peralta finds Miller Park magic with dominant outingWily Peralta gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings in the Brewers' 2-0 win over the Braves on Friday night. Jean Segura went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.Upvote Share TweetShane Victorino homered and hit three singles, driving in five runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.Upvote Share TweetHector Santiago shut down the Royals' punchless offense for a career-best eight innings, and the Chicago White Sox roughed up Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie in a 9-1 rout Friday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Angels place Vargas on DL with blood clotLeft-hander Jason Vargas went on the Los Angeles Angels' 15-day disabled list Friday after a blood clot was found in his left armpit.Upvote Share TweetRajai Davis singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for their ninth straight win, 7-6 over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.Upvote Share TweetAs a free agent following a respectable, but not dominate 2012 season (35 saves, 3.78 ERA in 71 appearances), veteran closer Jose Valverde drew very little interest on the open market over the winter. The interest was so minimal, in fact, he eventually …Upvote Share TweetZoilo Almonte provided much-needed pop in his first major league start, homering and adding two singles Friday night that led the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2.Upvote Share TweetStephen Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings, Ian Desmond homered in the seventh to help give the righty his first win in June and the Washington Nationals beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Friday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Kipnis lifts Tribe over Twins for third straight winKipnis lifts Tribe over Twins for third straight winUpvote Share Tweet
Kazmir ends rocky streak with dominating startScott Kazmir fanned seven and allowed just one run in seven innings of work as the Tribe beat the Twins, 5-1, on Friday night at Progressive Field.Upvote Share Tweet
Depleted Yanks get infielder Lillibridge from CubsCHICAGO (AP) -- The New York Yankees have acquired minor league infielder Brent Lillibridge from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for a player to be named or cash.Upvote Share Tweet
Sneaky Good: Ace pitchers are the rock stars of baseball right…Ace pitchers are the rock stars of baseball right now, but they can't throw every day. There are a number of unappreciated hurlers worth applauding this season, writes Jay Jaffe.Upvote Share Tweet
Price enjoys competing in first rehab outingReigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price, on the disabled list since May 16 with a left triceps strain, said he felt "great" after his first Minor League rehab start on Friday for Class A Advanced Charlotte at McKechnie Field.Upvote Share TweetMatt Garza went eight-plus innings and the Cubs hit three home runs as Chicago beat the Astros, 3-1, on Friday at Wrigley Field.Upvote Share TweetFormer All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee has retired from baseball, ending a 14-year career in the major leagues.Upvote Share TweetST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals cleared pitcher Chris Carpenter to resume rehabbing from a lower back injury on Friday after the team got outside medical opinions about his comeback from nerve issues.Upvote Share Tweet
Andrew McCutchen becomes first MLB player to get custom Beats by Dre Pro headphonesYou must, by now, know about Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. They are the headphones of choice to celebrities, star athletes and teenagers in malls and high schools across the country. LeBron James wears them. Michael Phelps wears them. Shaun White wears t…Upvote Share Tweet
Intercostal strain lands Tuiasosopo on disabled listMatt Tuiasosopo was poised to become a bigger member of the Tigers' starting lineup, earning more playing time against right-handed pitchers in addition to the lefties he has been pummeling all year. Instead, with a bad swing in the batting cage, he bec…Upvote Share Tweet
Fowler in pain, but returns to starting lineupDexter Fowler's finger is still ailing him, but he returned to the starting lineup on Friday.Upvote Share TweetThe Boston Red Sox named Koji Uehara their closer Friday, replacing the struggling Andrew Bailey.Upvote Share TweetThe Mets placed Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list Friday after the left-hander had to leave Thursday night's win in Atlanta with a partial rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder.Upvote Share Tweet
The Sky Above Wrigley Field Today Was Spectacularly HauntingThis afternoon's Astros-Cubs game finally got started a little while ago after a rain delay that lasted for 3 hours, 18 minutes. This photo might have been doctored a bit by MLB's Instagram or HDR filter, but still: Who knew those eerie, dark clouds tha…Upvote Share Tweet
Upset! Upset! Upset! Atlanta Braves stuck with Glass Joe Title after losing series to New York MetsIt sure has been an exciting and unlikely week in the life of Big League Stew's Glass Joe Titles, which throw shame on getting a series KO. The Atlanta Braves — a first-place team in their division — have turned the Glass Joe rankings upside down after …Upvote Share Tweet
Matt Holliday hits home run with his fly downYour browser does not support iframes. Matt Holliday has been slugging away in the major leagues for nearly 10 seasons, but he committed a rookie mistake Thursday night when he hit career home run No. 240. He went to the plate with the zipper on his pan…Upvote Share TweetFormer three-time All-Star Lenny Dykstra was released from a California prison. The former Mets and Phillies outfielder was serving time for a series of offenses that included bankruptcy fraud and grand theft auto.Upvote Share Tweet
Mariano Rivera honored on special New Era cap marking his retirementMariano Rivera, in the middle of his MLB "farewell tour," has been receiving gifts from opposing teams when his New York Yankees visit. Rivera's final stop in cities has earned him prizes such as a surfboard and a gold record. Cap maker New Er…Upvote Share TweetZombies took over Petco Park last night, right from ceremonial the first pitch. It was The Walking Dead Night, and it had nothing to do with the Dodgers being in town.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Why Baseball Needs Troy TulowitzkiOn Monday night, the Colorado Rockies lost to the Blue Jays. Despite getting a strong effort from starter Jorge De La Rosa, the Rockies just couldn't muster any offense—they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position—and eventually fell 2-0. Tuesday,…Upvote Share TweetCincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier did on Thursday what a good Jersey boy should do — and paid tribute to actor James Gandolfini, who died on Wednesday. Frazier changed his at-bat song to the theme from "The Sopranos," the show in whic…Upvote Share TweetThe Texas Rangers activated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and he'll be in uniform for Friday's interleague series opener at St. Louis.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees Using Mark Teixeira's Sweat To Sell Pricey Legends SeatsThe sales world is full of creepy pitches, but this one we got from a Yankees ticket rep hawking $1,000 Legends suite seats is especially weird. Have you ever wanted to be so close you could floss Robinson Cano's smile? (No.)Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Discomfort delays Soler's return to Class A DaytonaCuban outfielder Jorge Soler, eligible to come off the disabled list Friday after being sidelined with a sore left shin, was still experiencing some discomfort, and he is not expected to return to the Class A Daytona lineup for a few more days.Upvote Share Tweet
Doc makes house call to Chatting CageMets pitching legend Dwight Gooden stopped by the MLB.com studios in New York on Friday to answer questions from fans.Upvote Share TweetManny Ramirez terminated his contract in the Taiwan professional baseball league this week without a deal in place to play anywhere else, yet the former All-Star remains hopeful that he will receive an offer to either once again play in the Major League…Upvote Share Tweet
Josh Hamilton’s exploded bat hits Danny Farquhar during Mariners double playHe's OK, folks. He's OK. Seattle Mariners right-hander Danny Farquhar tried his darnedest to get out of the way of a sharp piece of bat schrapnel — jumping in the air like he just don't care — but the half-barrel still hit him on the left shin before he…Upvote Share Tweet
Pitching staff's turnaround the key for Red SoxThe Red Sox lead the Major Leagues in runs scored. But the primary reason that they are a first-place team now, as opposed to the last-place team they were in 2012, can be found in the transformation of their pitching staff.Upvote Share TweetDan Uggla produced above-average stats, particularly for a second baseman, for the first six seasons of his career with the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves. He continued to hit well for the first two months of the 2012 season, his second with the Brave…Upvote Share Tweet
Dominican outfielder, 16, prize of international cropEloy Jimenez, the latest crown jewel of Dominican Republic baseball, is ranked No. 1 on MLB.com's list of Top 30 International Prospects. He has an ideal profile for an outfielder and is widely regarded as the prize of this year's class, which can begin…Upvote Share Tweet
A new generation of star first baseman has taken overA new generation of young first basemen has quietly taken over the position, and they're ready to invade New York for next month's All-Star Game, writes Tom Verducci.Upvote Share Tweet
Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski uses family dog to instruct young son on sliding (video)Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski has pitched for 17 different organizations in four countries, most notably with the Detroit Tigers. At this point in his life, at age 40, he's probably more likely to be invited to a Yankees' Old-Timers' day than to m…Upvote Share Tweet
Last year's Deadline deals bring lasting impressionsLooking back a year to the 2012 non-waiver Trade Deadline -- and the historic waiver deal that followed it -- there aren't any better examples of 2012 midseason deals working out than can be found in the clubhouse of the defending World Series champions…Upvote Share Tweet
Penguins! Penguins waddle to mound at Rangers Ballpark for ceremonial first pitchYour browser does not support iframes. Penguins! Dressed in their finest Tennessee Tuxedoes, a pair of African penguins from the Dallas Zoo visited Rangers Ballpark on Thursday and were on the mound for a ceremonial first pitch before the Texas Rangers …Upvote Share Tweet
O's agree to terms with first-round pick HarveyA day after inking No. 37 overall selection Josh Hart, the Orioles have agreed to terms with the No. 22 pick, right-hander Hunter Harvey.Upvote Share TweetEvery lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.Upvote Share Tweet
These Diamondbacks fans have 99 problems, but custom jerseys aren’t oneIf you're having custom jersey problems, this couple feels bad for you, son. The Arizona Diamondbacks spotted this pair at a game recently — presumably a guy and his ladyfriend, presumably Jay-Z fans — and shared their photo via Instagram. It's a nod to…Upvote Share TweetThe Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. This was a welcome role change for the Detroit Tigers — it wasn't their closer o…Upvote Share TweetDown 7-0 in the third inning and facing Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, the Angels mounted the largest comeback of the season for a 10-9 victory on Thursday night at Angel Stadium.Upvote Share TweetPedro Ciriaco tripled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and hit a two-run homer in the eighth to lead the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.Upvote Share TweetPinch hitter Marcell Ozuna's two-run single gave Tom Koehler his first victory in nine career starts, and the Miami Marlins rallied past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Thursday night.Upvote Share Tweet"Man, that was eerie," Toronto pitcher J.A. Happ told ESPN Thursday night about seeing footage of Tampa pitcher Alex Cobb take a shot to the head at Tropicana Field five weeks after he did.Upvote Share TweetLance Lynn earned his 10th victory to tie for the NL lead, Matt Holliday homered and drove in two runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Thursday night.Upvote Share TweetVery often, we highlight walk-offs — the game-winning homer or the well-placed single that brings home a go-ahead run. What happened in Thursday's Texas Rangers-Oakland Athletics game was the anti-walk-off. And, in fact, it was far more exciting. The Ra…Upvote Share TweetOutfielder Angel Pagan, who has been absent from the Giants' lineup since May 25 with a strained left hamstring, had a setback during the first game of his rehab assignment with Class A San Jose at Stockton. Pagan was unable to run out a grounder to sec…Upvote Share Tweet
North Carolina ousts rival N.C. State in OmahaTop-seeded North Carolina rebounded from a previous loss to North Carolina State in Omaha, Neb., by defeating the Wolfpack, 7-0, in an elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Felix Hernandez wears Angels memorial patch for Dr. Lewis YocumLos Angeles Angels players mourn the loss of team doctor Lewis Yocum, who died May 28, in part by wearing a patch on their uniforms that honors him. A circle shape stitched to the jersey, just above the heart, the patch is dark blue and says "Dr. L…Upvote Share Tweet
Oswalt solid but drops debut vs. NationalsOn Thursday in his first Major League start of the season, Roy Oswalt fanned 11 -- the most by a Rockies starter this season. However, he also gave up four runs on nine hits, and the Rockies lost their fourth straight, 5-1, to the Nationals.Upvote Share Tweet
Zimmermann limits Rox as bats come up bigJordan Zimmermann dominated the No. 2 offense in the National League, striking out nine and allowing just six hits and one unearned run in a 5-1 win Thursday night.Upvote Share Tweet
The MLB Weekend Top 10: Beautiful, Soaring Cardinalsgrantland.com Updated Jun 21, 2013We suffered through a bit of a downer last weekend, but the rebound is looking great. I forcefully recommend watching every minute of each game listed...Upvote Share Tweet
Strasburg Leads Nationals Past RockiesJun 21Stephen Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings in the Nationals' 2-1 win over the Rockies.
Blue Jays Walk Off Against OriolesJun 21The Blue Jays rallied to beat the Orioles 7-6.
Kershaw, Dodgers Fall To PadresJun 21Clayton Kershaw surrendered four runs over six innings in the Dodgers' 5-2 loss to the Padres.
Goldschmidt, D-backs Crush RedsJun 21Paul Goldschmidt hit two home runs as the Diamondbacks captured their third straight win with an 11-5 victory over the Reds.
Doc Rivers-to-Los Angeles Clippers talks off again, according to sourcesJun 21The on-again, off-again talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics -- this time regarding Boston coach Doc Rivers -- are off again as far as the Celtics are concerned, according to sources close to the process.