4/30/2013 | Twenty years later, Braves in another amazing race
To understand where the Atlanta Braves may be headed, regarding the possibility of engaging the Washington Nationals in the Mother of All divisional races near the end of this season, let's go back to where the Braves already have been.
4/30/2013 | Sprained back forces Youkilis to disabled list
The Yankees have placed infielder Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain, replacing him on the active roster with infielder Corban Joseph.
4/30/2013 | Hanrahan activated, but Bailey retains closing duties
As expected, the Red Sox activated reliever Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.
4/30/2013 | Reds, Cardinals wrap up series at Busch Stadium
The first time the Cardinals and Reds played a series this season, St. Louis won the rubber game of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. The Reds hope it's their turn on Wednesday afternoon, when the teams close the second of their six series.
4/30/2013 | Superb Garcia, Holliday's big swing carry Cards
A two-run homer by Matt Holliday made Jaime Garcia the winner as the Cardinals topped the Reds, 2-1, at Busch Stadium.
4/30/2013 | Matheny holds cold Freese from lineup
Despite David Freese's insistence that working his way out of his slump will best be achieved by playing through it, the Cardinals will try to find a spark by going a different route. Mike Matheny pulled Freese out of the lineup on Tuesday and inferred that Freese may remain unplugged for a few days.
4/30/2013 | Adams to start rehab assignment on Friday
Barring any sort of setback, the Cardinals are planning to have first baseman Matt Adams begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Friday.
4/30/2013 | Motte ups the intensity of his throwing sessions
Jason Motte increased the intensity of his throwing on Tuesday, four days after he resumed playing catch to test the durability of his right elbow. Motte estimated that he made 25 throws from about 60 feet before throwing 10 more times at a 90-foot distance. He said the elbow responded well to the session.
4/30/2013 | Cueto to begin rehab assignment soon
Plans are not yet written in cement, but all indications are that Johnny Cueto will soon begin a Minor League rehab assignment.
4/30/2013 | Reds not concerned about Latos' hip
Concern for Mat Latos was at a minimum on Tuesday after he exited Monday's start with tightness in his right hip. Latos, who threw six scoreless innings and 91 pitches in a 2-1 victory, did not return for the seventh inning because of the injury, which he sustained while hitting earlier in the night.
4/30/2013 | Hanigan takes BP for first time since hitting DL
Tuesday was a big day for catcher Ryan Hanigan, who took early batting practice and long-tossed on the field at Busch Stadium for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list.
4/30/2013 | Chapman, Broxton likely unavailable Tuesday
Entering Tuesday's game vs. the Cardinals, the Reds were prepared to be without both Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton at the back end of it. Both relievers worked the previous two days, but Chapman is also one of several Reds bothered by severe allergies.
4/30/2013 | Rangers looking at options vs. White Sox lefty Sale
Rangers manager Ron Washington knows the challenge White Sox left-hander Chris Sale presents to the opposition. So he'll try to stack his lineup Tuesday when Nick Tepesch takes the hill.
4/30/2013 | Darvish, Rangers shake off White Sox
Yu Darvish shook off a rough start and guided the Rangers to a 10-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday in Arlington. Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker hit back-to-back homers in the fourth and then the Rangers poured it on with a six-run sixth.
4/30/2013 | Hamstring, ankle keep Werth out of lineup
The spirit was willing for Jayson Werth, but his left ankle and right hamstring were not. Nor was manager Davey Johnson, so Werth was not in the starting lineup Tuesday night, as the Nationals tried to even the series with Atlanta at Turner Field.
4/30/2013 | Zimmerman's rehab game rained out
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will have to wait another day to get on the field, as Class A Potomac's game at Pfitzner Stadium was postponed due to rain on Tuesday.
4/30/2013 | Venters progresses, plays catch from 60 feet
Jonny Venters will have much more challenging hurdles to clear over the course of the next few weeks. But the Braves' left-handed reliever was encouraged on Tuesday, when he played catch for the first time since elbow discomfort forced him to exit a Grapefruit League game on March 26.
4/30/2013 | Ayala placed on DL with anxiety disorder
The Braves placed right-handed reliever Luis Ayala on the disabled list with anxiety disorder and recalled right-handed reliever David Carpenter from Triple-A Gwinnett before Tuesday night's game against the Nationals.
4/30/2013 | Walden returns to using effective changeup
When Jordan Walden began serving as the Angels' closer in 2011, he ditched his changeup and focused on throwing his fastball and slider. But if Walden's changeup continues to act like it did in Monday's win over the Nationals, opponents are going to see it with more frequency.
4/30/2013 | Zimmermann tasked with topping rival Braves
Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will have a difficult assignment on Wednesday night, when he makes his first start of the season against the Braves: Put an end to Atlanta's recent dominance over its National League East rival.
4/30/2013 | Hudson does it all vs. Nats in career victory No. 200
Like many who were raised in the Southeast during the 1990s, Tim Hudson idolized Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. Now, like those three former Atlanta greats, Hudson has experienced the honor of notching his 200th win while wearing a Braves uniform.
4/30/2013 | Delmon homers in first at-bat after coming off DL
The Phillies activated Delmon Young from the disabled list before Tuesday's game against the Indians at Progressive Field, designating outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment to make room for him on the 25-man roster. Young proceeded to homer in his first Phillies at-bat.
4/30/2013 | Bosch backs Braun on Biogenesis explanation
Anthony Bosch, the former head of a Miami anti-aging clinic under investigation by MLB, on Monday denied knowledge of performance-enhancing drugs and declined to answer specific questions about all but one player with whom he has been connected: The Brewers' Ryan Braun.
4/30/2013 | Strasburg's arm irritation won't cost him a start
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Tuesday backed up Stephen Strasburg's claim that he wouldn't miss his next start, saying the right-hander's arm is "structurally perfect."
4/30/2013 | First month's stats revealing, deceiving
April numbers are either instructive or destructive -- the harbinger of bigger things to come or the creator of false hope and unnecessary stress.
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