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Mo on starting ASG: 'I'd rather pitch in ninth'

Mo on starting ASG: 'I'd rather pitch in ninth'

MLB.com ESPN.com Updated Jun 23, 2013
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he'd prefer to take on his customary role and close the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field rather than start the Midsummer Classic.
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  • Victor Martinez makes unreal behind-the-back, no-look flip to r…

    Victor Martinez makes unreal behind-the-back, no-look flip to retire Jacoby Ellsbury

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Jun 23, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. The talk of the Detroit Tigers-Boston Red Sox game Sunday was a different play, one in the outfield that umpires might have messed up. But let's not lose sight of the unbelievable play made by Victor Martinez at fi…
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  • Astros reward Springer with promotion to Triple-A

    Astros reward Springer with promotion to Triple-A

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Astros outfield prospect George Springer, the 2011 first-round Draft pick who had a terrific first half at Double-A Corpus Christi, was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday along with right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan.
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  • Morales' pinch-hit heroics top A's in walk-off

    Morales' pinch-hit heroics top A's in walk-off

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 23, 2013
    Raul Ibanez provided the theatrics for the Mariners, and Kendrys Morales came through with the heroics, hitting a three-run moonshot in the 10th inning to give the Mariners a 6-3 win over Oakland at Safeco Field on Sunday.
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  • Bucs rally in ninth, win in extras to cap sweep

    Bucs rally in ninth, win in extras to cap sweep

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Starling Marte's RBI single capped a three-run rally in the ninth, and Travis Snider hit a go-ahead single in the 10th as the Pirates capped a sweep of the Angels with a stirring 10-9 win on Sunday in Anaheim.
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  • Reds take finale vs. D-backs behind Latos

    Reds take finale vs. D-backs behind Latos

    MLB.com yahoo.com Jun 23, 2013
    Boosted with first-inning home runs by Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips, Mat Latos tied a career high with 13 strikeouts in a 4-2 Reds win over the D-backs on Sunday.
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  • Late homers earn split behind short-rested Capuano

    Late homers earn split behind short-rested Capuano

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez homered for the second consecutive game, this time back-to-back in the ninth inning, to power the Dodgers past the Padres, 3-1, on Sunday for a split of the four-game series.
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  • Ruggiano's muscle helps Marlins win road trip

    Ruggiano's muscle helps Marlins win road trip

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 23, 2013
    Nathan Eovaldi struck out seven in six innings, and Justin Ruggiano opened the game with the first of his two home runs as the Marlins topped the Giants, 7-2, on Sunday to take three of four in the series at AT&T Park.
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  • Rangers place Gentry on DL, call up E. Beltre

    Rangers place Gentry on DL, call up E. Beltre

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    The Rangers placed outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Engel Beltre from Triple-A Round Rock before Sunday night's game against the Cardinals.
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  • Pirates rally for 3 in 9th, then top Angels in 10

    Pirates rally for 3 in 9th, then top Angels in 10

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jun 23, 2013
    Pedro Alvarez homered for the fourth straight game, Starling Marte capped a three-run ninth inning with a tying single, and the Pittsburgh Pirates added four more in the 10th to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-9 on Sunday and complete their first interle…
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  • Gonzalez, Ramirez homer late, lift Dodgers

    Gonzalez, Ramirez homer late, lift Dodgers

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
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  • Past Yankees gather for 67th Old-Timers' Day

    Past Yankees gather for 67th Old-Timers' Day

    CNNSI.com Jun 23, 2013
    Orlando Hernandez and his high socks made it back to Yankee Stadium.
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  • Wright closer to NL All-Star start at Citi Field

    Wright closer to NL All-Star start at Citi Field

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    With less than two weeks to go in voting, Mets third baseman David Wright is in position for the first time this year to take top honors at the hot corner in the National League, having passed the Giants' Pablo Sandoval in the latest voting update.
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  • Hunter, Tigers get sloppy win over Red Sox

    Hunter, Tigers get sloppy win over Red Sox

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Torii Hunter hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after two Boston errors helped load the bases, and Prince Fielder added a two-run single to help the Detroit Tigers to a sloppy 7-5 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.
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  • Wright backs Harvey as Mets blank Phillies

    Wright backs Harvey as Mets blank Phillies

    ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com Jun 23, 2013
    David Wright homered, tripled and matched a New York Mets record with four extra-base hits to back the latest splendid start by Matt Harvey in an 8-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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  • Bourjos exits finale with left thumb injury

    Bourjos exits finale with left thumb injury

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Peter Bourjos left Sunday's finale vs. the Pirates prior to the fourth inning with a left thumb injury.
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  • Archer's turnaround leads Rays to win over Yanks

    Archer's turnaround leads Rays to win over Yanks

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    A different Chris Archer showed up for work at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. And led by the efforts of the rookie right-hander, the Rays claimed a 3-1 win over the Yankees to split their four-game series.
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  • Cuddyer's hitting streak at 21 as Rockies win

    Cuddyer's hitting streak at 21 as Rockies win

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Michael Cuddyer homered in his first at-bat to extend the major league's longest hitting streak this season to 21 games -- and the Colorado Rockies hung on to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 Sunday.
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  • Arizona Diamondbacks give paralyzed draft pick Cory Hahn a spec…

    Arizona Diamondbacks give paralyzed draft pick Cory Hahn a special introduction

    yahoo.com Jun 23, 2013
    Two weeks ago the Arizona Diamondbacks made my favorite pick of the entire MLB First-Year Player Draft when they selected Cory Hahn, a paralyzed former baseball star at Arizona State University and Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. It was …
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  • Adrian Beltre gains measure of revenge by faking out teammate E…

    Adrian Beltre gains measure of revenge by faking out teammate Elvis Andrus on popup

    yahoo.com Jun 23, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. As the guys at Eye on Baseball and Larry Brown Sports have chronicled this season, Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus seems to really enjoy playing the role of pest to teammate and third baseman Adrian Beltre. So…
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  • Royals claim former Cardinals' pitcher Cleto

    Royals claim former Cardinals' pitcher Cleto

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    The Royals on Sunday claimed right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto off of waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. He was assigned to Triple-A Omaha and to make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated outfielder Quintin Berry for assignment.
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  • UCLA strong at top with pitchers Plutko, Vander Tuig

    UCLA strong at top with pitchers Plutko, Vander Tuig

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    It's not Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, but for the second time in as many visits to the College World Series finals, UCLA has a winning one-two punch atop its rotation.
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  • Encarnacion, Johnson lift Jays to 11th in row

    Encarnacion, Johnson lift Jays to 11th in row

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Edwin Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs, Josh Johnson earned his first win of the season and the Toronto Blue Jays matched a team record by winning their 11th straight game Sunday, finishing a three-game sweep of Baltimore with a 13-5 win.
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  • Kemp has four K's, but runs well in rehab game

    Kemp has four K's, but runs well in rehab game

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    While cautioning not to overreact to Matt Kemp's four strikeouts Saturday night in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also said Sunday that Kemp will be eased back into action upon his return.
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  • Uribe takes hold of third base job with turnaround

    Uribe takes hold of third base job with turnaround

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    After two years in which he virtually disappeared, Juan Uribe has essentially won back the Dodgers' starting third base job he was signed to fill.
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  • Guti's return giving Wedge options with lineup

    Guti's return giving Wedge options with lineup

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    It didn't take Franklin Gutierrez long to remind the Mariners what they've been missing when the injury-plagued center fielder homered in his first at-bat back from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday.
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  • Dunn hits 426th homer to move up MLB list

    Dunn hits 426th homer to move up MLB list

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    With his third-inning two-run blast off of Royals ace James Shields on Sunday, White Sox slugger Adam Dunn tied Billy Williams for 46th place all-time with 426 homers.
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  • Burgos gets back on track with rehab start in Nashville

    Burgos gets back on track with rehab start in Nashville

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Brewers right-hander Hiram Burgos made a rehab start on Sunday in the Nashville Sounds' 2 p.m. ET game against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
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  • Mets resist calling up Ike with three lefties on tap

    Mets resist calling up Ike with three lefties on tap

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Even with Lucas Duda going on the 15-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain, the Mets resisted any temptation to quickly recall Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas, calling up infielder Zach Lutz instead.
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  • Collins thinking about using Wright as DH in Chicago

    Collins thinking about using Wright as DH in Chicago

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    David Wright, who has played in all 72 of the Mets' games this season, may get a load off his feet as the designated hitter Tuesday night when the Mets open a two-game series with the White Sox in Chicago.
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  • Justin Verlander finally meets larger-than-life bobblehead vers…

    Justin Verlander finally meets larger-than-life bobblehead version of himself

    yahoo.com Jun 23, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. Back in April, Big League Stew’s Mike Oz introduced us to the larger-than-life bobblehead version of Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander that actually looked more like teammate Alex Avila (and a few other major lea…
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  • Haren appears headed to disabled list

    Haren appears headed to disabled list

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    One day after his worst outing in a Nationals uniform, right-hander Dan Haren is reportedly headed to the disabled list with an unspecified injury.
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  • Actor Costner visits Tribe, Progressive Field

    Actor Costner visits Tribe, Progressive Field

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 23, 2013
    Kevin Costner donned Indians gear on Sunday morning, looking more like a coach than the baseball players he portrayed on the big screen in years past. In the batting cage at Progressive Field, Costner looked to have the swing of a much younger man.
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  • J-Up not in lineup for second straight game

    J-Up not in lineup for second straight game

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Justin Upton was held out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day Sunday due to what Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez called a sore right hand.
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  • Gomes subs for slumping Nava; Salty gets rest

    Gomes subs for slumping Nava; Salty gets rest

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    A bright spot for the Red Sox for most of the season, Daniel Nava now finds himself in a 5-for-37 slump that has brought his average from .300 to .275. Nava got a rare day off against a right-hander on Sunday, as Jonny Gomes instead made the start in le…
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  • Howard finds his power stroke on homestand

    Howard finds his power stroke on homestand

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Before this homestand, Ryan Howard had one home run in his last 33 games, but the low power numbers did not seem to worry manager Charlie Manuel too much.
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  • Castro taking extra fielding practice

    Castro taking extra fielding practice

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    There's been a lot of talk about Starlin Castro's hitting mechanics. On Sunday, the Cubs' shortstop was on the field working on his defense.
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  • Sveum ponders expanded replay after close call

    Sveum ponders expanded replay after close call

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Cubs manager Dale Sveum isn't sure he'd like to see more instant replay in baseball. On Saturday, though, a check of the video might have overturned a crucial call at second base.
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  • Diamondbacks starting new celebration fad with bubble gum showe…

    Diamondbacks starting new celebration fad with bubble gum showers?

    yahoo.com Jun 23, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. You think the Arizona Diamondbacks are having any fun this season? At 41-33 with a three-game cushion in the National League West, life couldn't be any better in snakeland. It's so good, in fact, that the team seem…
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  • Anibal making strides in recovery from shoulder strain

    Anibal making strides in recovery from shoulder strain

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Anibal Sanchez is showing hope that he could be ready to pitch when he's eligible to come off the disabled list on July 1. At this point, though, the Tigers are remaining cautiously optimistic about their injured right-hander, who is working his way bac…
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  • Alburquerque turns up heat in pressure situation

    Alburquerque turns up heat in pressure situation

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Yes, those were 90-mph sliders coming from Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque on Saturday night, including on consecutive pitches to strike out the Red Sox's Shane Victorino and escape an eighth-inning jam. Yes, the Tigers are taking that as a good sign.
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  • V-Mart showing signs of midseason rebound

    V-Mart showing signs of midseason rebound

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Victor Martinez usually doesn't make too much about hitting into luck, good or bad. After his grand slam landed in the first row of seats in right field Saturday night, however, even he couldn't help but believe his karma had taken a turn for the better…
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  • Roberts nearing a rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk

    Roberts nearing a rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Second baseman Brian Roberts has been working out in Toronto with the Orioles and appears ready to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday at Triple-A Norfolk.
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  • Twins RHP Pelfrey put on DL for back injury

    Twins RHP Pelfrey put on DL for back injury

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Minnesota right-hander Mike Pelfrey has been scratched from Sunday's start against Cleveland because of back strain and placed on the 15-day disabled list.
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  • Nova back in Majors, and out to prove he belongs

    Nova back in Majors, and out to prove he belongs

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    When Ivan Nova was sent to Triple-A at the end of May, Joe Girardi said the pitcher had two options -- he could pout about it, or he could work to prove he belongs in the Majors. Nova chose the latter, and it paid off.
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  • Girardi sticks with the hot hand of Almonte

    Girardi sticks with the hot hand of Almonte

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    On Sunday, for the third straight game, Vernon Wells was out of the starting lineup, his spot taken by hot-hitting rookie Zoilo Almonte.
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: June 23

    Today's MLB starting lineups: June 23

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Wil Myers hits first career home run — a grand slam off C.C. Sa…

    Wil Myers hits first career home run — a grand slam off C.C. Sabathia at Yankee Stadium

    yahoo.com Jun 23, 2013
    When the Tampa Bay Rays announced the promotion of top prospect Wil Myers last Sunday, they did so hoping the 22-year-old outfielder could provide a little power while helping to lengthen a lineup that had been struggling to produce consistently. Though…
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  • Derek Jeter takes ground balls at Yankee Stadium, still on trac…

    Derek Jeter takes ground balls at Yankee Stadium, still on track for return after all-star break

    yahoo.com Jun 23, 2013
    The Derek Jeter injury front has been relatively quiet of late, which could probably be seen as both good news and bad news. The good news: He obviously hasn't suffered any setbacks. The bad news: An earlier than expected return won't be in the cards, e…
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  • Franklin caps Mariners' rally after Ibanez's big blast

    Franklin caps Mariners' rally after Ibanez's big blast

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Rookie second baseman Nick Franklin's two-run single in the eighth lifted the Mariners to a 7-5 victory over the A's on Saturday night, after Raul Ibanez crushed a game-tying three-run shot in the seventh.
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  • Heroes Classic softball game aids wildfire efforts

    Heroes Classic softball game aids wildfire efforts

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    A year after the Waldo Canyon fire and days following the Black Forest fire, firefighters and police joined local celebrities and former Major League players to help raise money for firefighting efforts by playing in the Heroes Classic softball game.
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  • Liriano's gem backed by three Bucs homers

    Liriano's gem backed by three Bucs homers

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Francisco Liriano held the Angels to one run in 6 2/3 innings and the Pirates got home runs from Pedro Alvarez, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez while winning their second straight at Angel Stadium on Saturday night.
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  • Kipnis misses cycle, but leads Tribe to victory

    Kipnis misses cycle, but leads Tribe to victory

    MLB.com Jun 23, 2013
    Jason Kipnis fell a homer shy of the cycle and Michael Bourn added three RBIs as the Tribe topped the Twins, 8-7, at Progressive Field on Saturday night. Corey Kluber gave up three runs in 5 2/3, and he was backed early with the Indians' six-run first i…
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  • Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

    Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

    CNNSI.com Jun 23, 2013
    Mike Leake and Patrick Corbin pitched strong games, but neither bullpen could hold a lead. Jay Jaffe breaks down Arizona's exciting 4-3 win and the ramifications for both teams.
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  • Video - Ruggiano Hits 2 Homers In Marlins Win 00:30

    Ruggiano Hits 2 Homers In Marlins Win

    Jun 23
    Justin Ruggiano belted his 10th and 11th home runs of the year to lift the Marlins to a 7-2 win against the Giants.
  • Video - Rockies Hold Off Nationals 00:32

    Rockies Hold Off Nationals

    Jun 23
    The Rockies jumped out to an early lead and held off a late charge by the Nationals to record a 7-6 win.
  • Video - Reds Top Diamondbacks, Avoid Sweep 00:29

    Reds Top Diamondbacks, Avoid Sweep

    Jun 23
    Mat Latos tied a career high with 13 strikeouts in the Reds' sweep of the Diamondbacks.
  • Video - McCann's Grand Slam Sparks Braves 00:37

    McCann's Grand Slam Sparks Braves

    Jun 23
    Brian McCann hit a grand slam in the first inning, and the Braves went on to beat the Brewers 7-4.

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    Jun 23
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