4/18/2012 | Sale remains his own toughest critic
Left-hander Chris Sale sees the high expectations placed upon him to develop into a solid starting pitcher. With those expectations, he acknowledges that he may be his own harshest critic.
4/18/2012 | Mattingly confident Guerra can bounce back
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's confident that closer Javy Guerra has the confidence needed to rebound from blown saves like the one he suffered Tuesday night, his first of the season after converting five saves.
4/18/2012 | Aikens recalls life experiences in book
Former Royal Willie Aikens explains the highs and lows of his life in his new book, "Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home," released this month.
4/18/2012 | No trip to disabled list for D-backs' Upton just yet
Chris Young and Geoff Blum went on the disabled list on Wednesday, but Justin Upton did not. Whether the right fielder eventually ends up on the shelf depends on how his ailing left thumb responds to treatment.
4/18/2012 | Marlins' homers help Buehrle notch first win
Mark Buehrle picked up his first National League win in his home debut, as the Marlins rolled the Cubs, 9-1, on Wednesday in Miami. Donnie Murphy and Hanley Ramirez each hit two-run homers.
4/18/2012 | Napoli extends Rangers' winning streak to six
Mike Napoli is coming out of his early-season slump. Opposing managers might want to take that into consideration when deciding how to pitch to him. Napoli had a go-ahead two-run home run off Josh Beckett in the fourth inning and a two-run double off left-hander Franklin Morales in the eighth to lift the Rangers to a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox.
4/18/2012 | Tribe's Duncan thrilled to have Damon on board
Indians left fielder Shelley Duncan is not worrying about how the recent signing of veteran outfielder Johnny Damon might affect his playing time.
4/18/2012 | Crisp forced out of A's lineup with flu bug
A's manager Bob Melvin was forced to rest an ill Coco Crisp on Wednesday, one night after the outfielder plated the tying run that led to a needed win over the Angels.
4/18/2012 | Pleskoff: O's Mahoney, Avery worthy of notice
Joe Mahoney and Xavier Avery appear to be specialists within the Orioles organization: Avery is the table-setter, Mahoney one who may be counted upon to clean the table. Both could be important components in Baltimore's future.
4/18/2012 | Aramis eighth all-time for HRs by third baseman
Aramis Ramirez hit his first Brewers home run on Wednesday and made a bit of baseball history.
4/18/2012 | Street recalls time with Rockies fondly
Closer Huston Street made his return to Coors Field Tuesday, coming into a critical eighth-inning situation with the Padres down by one, two Rockies on base and nobody out.
4/18/2012 | O's Adair sees improvement in Matusz
Despite a rough start to his season, left-hander Brian Matusz has a supporter in pitching coach Rick Adair, who feels the young starter has made improvements despite his stats.
4/18/2012 | Phillies impressed by ageless Moyer
Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a game at 49 years, 150 days old when he beat the Padres on Tuesday. The Phillies weren't surprised Moyer did it.
4/18/2012 | New deals about comfort for Kendrick, Aybar
By agreeing to contract extensions with only months left before becoming free agents, Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Erick Aybar basically left money on the table.
4/18/2012 | Each in search of 'W,' Swarzak, Hughes face off
Both Anthony Swarzak and Phil Hughes are 0-2, but neither pitcher's record tells the whole story entering Thursday's series finale between the Twins and the Yankees in the Bronx.
4/18/2012 | Samardzija tries to break Cubs' slump in matinee
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija looks to go to 3-0 on the young season and stop the Cubs' four-game losing streak in the finale against Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins in Miami on Thursday afternoon.
4/18/2012 | Minor-Collmenter a contrast in recent results
Braves lefty Mike Minor is coming off the best start of his career, while D-backs right-hander Josh Collmenter could be in jeopardy of losing his starting spot. The two face off Thursday night at Chase Field to open a four-game set.
4/18/2012 | Jackson looks to keep Nats rolling in series finale
When they added Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson over the winter, the Nationals knew they had the pieces to comprise a top-notch starting rotation. They couldn't have possibly expected that hope to come to fruition so soon, though.
4/18/2012 | Wainwright seeks rebound, sweep of Reds
Adam Wainwright will try to take a big step forward Thursday afternoon as the Cardinals wrap up their series at Busch Stadium against Bronson Arroyo and the Reds, who are looking for answers as well.
4/18/2012 | Rays, Blue Jays set to square off in rubber game
Both the Rays' Jeremy Hellickson and the Blue Jays' Henderson Alvarez will be looking for better outcomes on Thursday night as their teams play the rubber game at Rogers Centre.
4/17/2012 | Lombardozzi helps make winner of Strasburg
Nationals manager Davey Johnson knows how to push the right buttons, and Monday was just one more example, as Johnson decided to sit second baseman Danny Espinosa for a day and start Steve Lombardozzi at second base.
4/17/2012 | Mauer, Morneau mobilize win behind Pavano
Instead of folding after a rough opening frame, Carl Pavano settled down to throw seven strong innings to help lead the Twins to a much-needed 7-3 win over the Yankees to snap a three-game losing streak.
4/17/2012 | Kendrys clocks first homer since 2010 injury
In the Angels' 6-0 win on Monday night, slugger Kendrys Morales crushed his first home run since May 29, 2010, when he broke his left ankle celebrating a walk-off grand slam.
4/17/2012 | Verlander hangs on for complete-game win
Justin Verlander continued his mastery of the Royals by allowing just two runs in a complete-game effort and the Tigers used a two-run homer by Brandon Inge for a 3-2 victory Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.
4/17/2012 | Padres back Luebke in win over Rockies
Cory Luebke earned his first win, backed by seven doubles from his offense, as the Padres grabbed their first road win with a 7-1 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. Chase Headley had three two-baggers.
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