7/28/2012 | Crawford gets medically mandated day off
Fresh off a home run on Friday night, his first since being activated, Carl Crawford found himself on manager Bobby Valentine's bench on Saturday, despite a .319 career average against Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
7/28/2012 | Swisher pinch-hits, eyes Sunday return
Nick Swisher was out of the lineup for the seventh consecutive game Saturday, as manager Joe Girardi continues to err on the side of caution to avoid a potential setback to Swisher's strained left hip flexor.
7/28/2012 | Giants put Sandoval on DL, activate Huff
Ending the uncertainty surrounding Pablo Sandoval's playing status, the Giants elected Saturday to assign the third baseman to the 15-day disabled list and replace him on the active roster by reinstating first baseman Aubrey Huff from the DL.
7/28/2012 | Mariners' bullpen provides plenty of relief
Very quietly, the Mariners' bullpen is among the best in baseball. Entering Saturday's game, the unit had a 2.14 ERA since June 1, a .208 opposing batting average and a rate of 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
7/28/2012 | Moustakas exits, day to day with knee sprain
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left Saturday's game against the Mariners in the second inning with a sprained right knee sustained on a diving defensive play in the first inning.
7/28/2012 | Big Unit, Wilson enter Mariners Hall of Fame
Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson were partners for many of the Mariners' most cherished memories. It was fitting that they were partners again in receiving one of the team's highest honors -- induction into the club's Hall of Fame on Saturday.
7/28/2012 | Astros claim Pearce, add Galarraga to roster
The Astros have added a right-handed bat by claiming infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce off waivers from Baltimore.
7/28/2012 | Justice: Astros have blueprint to build contender
Fans will have an opportunity to watch a great organization constructed right in front of their eyes as young players get a chance to strut their stuff. The Astros will be good again, too, perhaps sooner rather than later. And when that happens, a little short-term pain will have been worth it.
7/28/2012 | Mota providing support for Hanley with Dodgers
A big reason for Hanley Ramirez's smooth transition to his new club is the presence of Dodgers coach Manny Mota, whom, Ramirez said, he's known since he was "a little boy."
7/28/2012 | Back tightness forces Furcal out of lineup
Describing his starting shortstop as "a little banged up right now," manager Mike Matheny indicated that Rafael Furcal, who sat on Saturday, will not be playing again on Sunday. Matheny specifically noted that Furcal is dealing with back tightness.
7/28/2012 | Thome out of lineup due to neck spasms
Jim Thome was not in Saturday's starting lineup, as the Orioles' designated hitter woke up with neck spasms that the team will try to calm down with anti-inflammatory medication and rest.
7/28/2012 | Dodgers cut Giants' division lead to one game
Chad Billingsley improved on his previous winning start with a four-hit shutout for 7 1/3 innings Saturday, and Matt Kemp and A.J. Ellis homered as the Dodgers pounded the Giants, 10-0, halving San Francisco's National League West lead to one game.
7/28/2012 | Stanton to start rehab assignment Wednesday
Giancarlo Stanton, who had two cartilage chips surgically removed from his right knee on July 8, is getting closer to rejoining the Marlins, with a rehab assignment beginning Wednesday at Class A Jupiter.
7/28/2012 | Nats' Harper scratched with stomach virus
Bryce Harper was scratched from Saturday night's starting lineup and sat out the game due to a stomach virus that's left him dizzy and unable to keep food down since Thursday night.
7/28/2012 | Braves scouring trade market for starter, reliever
With Zack Greinke no longer an option and questions still surrounding the possibility of Ryan Dempster eventually agreeing to be traded to Atlanta, the Braves have extended their search for a starting pitcher and also evaluated the possibility of adding a reliever before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
7/28/2012 | Mariners maintain their stranglehold on Royals
Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood and rookie catcher Jesus Montero provided a good portion of the spark in a tidy 4-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday afternoon at Safeco Field.
7/28/2012 | Ruiz out of Phillies' starting lineup with left foot pain
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been battling a left foot problem and did not start against the Braves on Saturday. Ruiz is expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday for the series finale at Turner Field.
7/28/2012 | Morneau starting to settle in at plate
Justin Morneau says his swing feels better than it has in a long time. His numbers agree. The Twins first baseman entered Saturday's game against the Indians hitting .322 with seven doubles, 10 RBIs and 11 runs over his last 21 games. He was batting just .229 through his first 55 games before that span.
7/28/2012 | Hanrahan aiming to be 40-40 man for Pirates
As a reporter approached him early Saturday afternoon in the visitors' clubhouse of Minute Maid Park, Joel Hanrahan, more bemused than upset, preempted any questioning by declaring, "I'm not getting traded."
7/28/2012 | Rangers' Hamilton gets 'mental break' with day off
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who is 7-for-59 with two home runs and 20 strikeouts over his last 16 games, was out of the lineup on Saturday night as manager Ron Washington decided to give him a day off.
7/28/2012 | Roenicke, Scioscia share notes after trade
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke spoke Saturday morning with his old boss, Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, about the team's big trade the night before that sent Zack Greinke west for three prospects.
7/28/2012 | McCarthy moves forward; Braden suffers setback
While Brandon McCarthy will be taking a step forward with his rehab on Monday, Dallas Braden is dealing with a minor setback, A's trainer Nick Paparesta said on Saturday.
7/28/2012 | Medlen in line to move to Braves' rotation
While the Braves continue to look for an external option to upgrade their starting pitching, manager Fredi Gonzalez said right-hander Kris Medlen will move from the bullpen to the rotation and start Tuesday against the Marlins if no trade is made.
7/28/2012 | Wieland starts long road back from Tommy John
Padres right-hander Joe Wieland's road to recovery from Tommy John surgery officially began Friday.
7/28/2012 | Asdrubal gets day off as Lillibridge makes debut
One of the reasons the Indians traded for utility man Brent Lillibridge last week was to add a backup shortstop to the team's bench. That would allow Cleveland to find some spots to give All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera a rest.
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