7/29/2013 | Club continues to weigh four-man rotation option
The Rays are still weighing the possibility of going to a four-man rotation for the month of August, but haven't made any decisions. With five off-days in the month, the Rays could conceivably go with their top-four pitchers -- David Price, Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson -- who have been spectacular during July.
7/29/2013 | Rays escape, back in first as Price again bests Red Sox
For the second time in five days, David Price dominated the Red Sox, allowing one run over 7 1/3 innings, but it was Sam Fuld who preserved the win for Price, throwing out the tying run at the plate in the eighth in the Rays' 2-1 victory Monday at Fenway Park. The win vaulted Tampa Bay into first place, a half-game ahead of Boston.
7/29/2013 | Red Sox lose their cool, fall to Rays on close call
Sure, the Red Sox were frustrated at being thoroughly handcuffed by David Price for the second time in six days. But that isn't what made them reach their boiling point en route to a gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to the Rays on Monday night at Fenway Park.
7/29/2013 | Lewis makes solid rehab start at Double-A
Colby Lewis is getting closer to being an option at the Major League level. He threw 71 pitches in his medical rehabilitation start for Double-A Frisco on Sunday and made it through five innings. He allowed three runs on four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five.
7/29/2013 | Berkman, Ramirez not yet ready to help in Majors
The Rangers are still looking for offensive help before the Trade Deadline, but it will not come from Lance Berkman or Manny Ramirez. Berkman remains on the disabled list, and Ramirez is still not considered an option at the big league level.
7/29/2013 | Angels 'committed to winning,' not giving up on season
The outside perception is that Mike Scioscia and the Angels -- fresh off trading veteran reliever Scott Downs for a Minor League pitcher and perhaps looking to strike other similar deals -- are waving the proverbial white flag on their 2013 season. Really, though, they're just embracing reality.
7/29/2013 | Rangers snap scoreless streak, walk off on Soto's blast
The Rangers rallied with two home runs from A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto in the ninth for a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington on Monday night.
7/29/2013 | Giants' 2012 title honored at White House
The Giants' White House visit Monday may prove to be motivational as well as ceremonial. Occupants of last place in the National League West, the Giants might have needed a reminder that they are indeed the reigning World Series champions who have captured the title twice in three years.
7/29/2013 | Bogaerts' arrival unknown, but highly anticipated
One intriguing thing to follow down the stretch for the Red Sox is the timetable for the arrival of Xander Bogaerts. Will the man most regard as the top position prospect in the organization be called up when rosters expand in September, or even sooner?
7/29/2013 | After 34 straight starts, Iglesias gets breather
For the first time since June 18, the Red Sox had a starting lineup that did not include Jose Iglesias. The infielder had started 34 straight games. However, Iglesias has been slumping of late. He has just five hits in his last 44 at-bats. Brandon Snyder got the start at third base Monday against Rays lefty David Price, while Stephen Drew started at short.
7/29/2013 | Seemingly minor deals can have postseason impact
They weren't major trades, but the Braves' acquisition of Scott Downs and the Tigers' deal for Jose Veras could have a major impact in the fall.
7/29/2013 | Rays acquire injured White Sox reliever Crain
The Rays aren't sure when Jesse Crain will be healthy enough to join their bullpen this season, but were still happy to acquire the White Sox's All-Star reliever on Monday afternoon in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
7/29/2013 | Lo recalled from Double-A Corpus Christi
The Astros continued their roster shake-up on Monday, announcing that they will officially recall right-hander Chia-Jen Lo from Double-A Corpus Christi and select the contract of fellow righty Josh Zeid from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
7/29/2013 | Slowey may miss rest of season due to flexor strain
Kevin Slowey is sidelined with a right flexor strain that will require four to six weeks of rest before throwing again.
7/29/2013 | Indians' rotation turning heads with solid work
Once thought to be an Achilles' heel, the Indians' starting rotation has perhaps been the club's most well-functioning component over the last few weeks. In the 16 games before Monday, Cleveland's starters went 8-2 record with a 1.79 ERA.
7/29/2013 | Tribe's streak hits five on Giambi's walk-off shot
Jason Giambi became the oldest player in Major League history to hit a walk-off homer as the Indians ran their winning streak to five with a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Monday night.
7/29/2013 | Encarnacion's hot bat nets Player of Week Award
Edwin Encarnacion's blistering performance at the plate last week has earned the Blue Jays slugger American League Player of the Week honors.
7/29/2013 | Reports: A-Rod suspension could be imminent
It's become increasingly difficult to predict what will happen next in the daily drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez.
7/29/2013 | Former pitcher Castillo drowns near home
Former Major League pitcher Frank Castillo died in a drowning accident near his Arizona home on Sunday, his family has confirmed to KVIA. He was 44.
7/29/2013 | Red Sox ascend to top of Rankings
The St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in the Major Leagues, but at this stage of the season, does that necessarily mean they're the best team?
7/29/2013 | McKenry goes on DL; Presley recalled from Triple-A
Michael McKenry's left-knee sprain landed him on the 15-day disabled list Monday, with the Pirates recalling outfielder Alex Presley from Indianapolis.
7/29/2013 | Well-supported Liriano lights-out vs. Cards
The Bucs stormed to a 9-2 romp over the Cardinals in front of 32,084 -- a PNC Park record crowd for a non-holiday Monday night game. Pedro Alvarez ripped Jake Westbrook's first pitch to him for a three-run homer that capped a four-run first, and Francisco Liriano pitched four-hit ball for seven innings.
7/29/2013 | Grilli thrilled to be in uni, not in recovery from surgery
It's difficult for Jason Grilli to be a spectator, but the way he sees it, things could be much worse. Grilli is just happy to be back with his teammates on Monday -- dressed in full gear, even if he won't take the field -- and not under a doctor's knife.
7/29/2013 | Lyons to get start in Game 2 of twin bill
After learning of the Pirates' decision to pitch veteran A.J. Burnett in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Cardinals opted to flip-flop their own starting pitching plans. Wanting his "experienced pitcher lining up with theirs," manager Mike Matheny announced that Lance Lynn will oppose Burnett in Game 1, leaving the Game 2 assignment to rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons.
7/29/2013 | Matheny not putting too much on set with Bucs
On a day the Cardinals opened a five-game series against their closest division competitor, manager Mike Matheny remained firm in his insistence that the team views this stop in Pittsburgh in pieces, not as a whole. He refuses, too, to buy into the hype of this potentially being a season-defining series.
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