9/6/2013 | Phillips back in Reds lineup after injury scare
Less than 24 hours after Brandon Phillips exited Thursday's win over the Cardinals with a contusion in his left quad, a relieved Dusty Baker put his second baseman back in the two-hole for Friday's series opener against the Dodgers.
9/6/2013 | Big Red Machine's 'Great Eight' reunites for first time
On Friday night, some of the most high-profile members of the Reds' 1975-76 World Series championship teams -- known as "the Great Eight" -- reunited for the first time as a complete group at Great American Ball Park.
9/6/2013 | Dubee says different arm slot behind Doc's wildness
Roy Halladay walked five and hit two more in Wednesday's start. They were the most free passes he had allowed in any game in his career. But then he wiggled out of trouble, allowing just three hits and one run in six innings. "He's healthy," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He still struggles. Again, different arm slot.'
9/6/2013 | One mistake by Minor proves costly in loss to Phils
Mike Minor outdueled Cliff Lee for six innings, but gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Cody Asche in the seventh as the Braves fell to the Phillies, 2-1, on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Minor pitched seven innings, allowing four hits, striking out nine and walking one.
9/6/2013 | Rookie Asche's clutch two-run shot backs Lee's gem
Cliff Lee allowed just one run on two hits and struck out 10 over eight brilliant innings, while rookie third baseman Cody Asche's drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh as the Phillies edged the Braves, 2-1, on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
9/6/2013 | White Sox lack big hit in one- or two-run games
The White Sox are just 32-48 in games decided by one or two runs. After Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Orioles, 107 of Chicago's 139 games (77 percent) have been decided by three runs or fewer.
9/6/2013 | Fernandez stifles Nationals with scoreless gem
At home, Jose Fernandez has been unbeatable all season. In Friday night's 7-0 victory over the Nationals, the 21-year-old sensation was almost unhittable over seven scoreless innings.
9/6/2013 | Andrelton's slick glove is unmatched at shortstop
Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who turned 24 on Wednesday, is already the type of defensive wizard who makes the tough plays look routine, and he's a student of the game who should get even better with experience.
9/6/2013 | First look: Yankees No. 4 prospect Rafael De Paula
Once he progresses, Rafael De Palma offers an excellent rotation option to the Yankees. He has a balanced and effective repertoire, a mature mound presence and a desire to win. That's a solid recipe for success.
9/6/2013 | MLB Notebook: Red Sox-Yanks add to rivalry
The Red Sox stunned the Yankees and Mariano Rivera on Thursday. But as might be expected in rivalry that now spans 2,131 games, there were similarities to past meetings.
9/6/2013 | Big firsts from Lake, Rusin carry Cubs over Brewers
Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam and Chris Rusin added a two-run single to spark the Cubs to an 8-5 win over the Brewers on Friday and move into a tie for last place in the National League Central.
9/6/2013 | Baker to start on Sunday for first time since 2011
Scott Baker, who has spent the season rehabbing from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in April 2012, will start on Sunday in the series finale against the Brewers. Earlier this week, Dale Sveum said that Baker would not start, but the pitcher lobbied.
9/6/2013 | Bard's whirlwind week ends in 'pen session at Wrigley
It's been a crazy summer for Daniel Bard, who found himself throwing a bullpen session at Wrigley Field on Friday, ending a week in which he'd been in four states in five days. Bard, claimed off waivers from the Red Sox, will work with pitching coach Chris Bosio on the side for now, and there is no timetable as to when he will get in a game.
9/6/2013 | Brewers' Aoki gives assessment of Lim
Chang-Yong Lim was a teammate of Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki for three seasons in Japan, so who better to give a scouting report on the right-hander? "He has a lot of confidence in his pitches," Aoki said prior to Friday's game. "He wouldn't try to miss bats, he'd just go right after you."
9/6/2013 | Sizing up contenders' September schedules
There are no easy opponents in the big leagues, but some contenders certainly appear to have more difficult schedules down the stretch than others.
9/6/2013 | Braun calling fans to apologize for PED use
Ryan Braun, serving a 65-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs, began phoning Brewers fans on Thursday and asked the team for additional names and numbers on Friday, indicating he's planning to phone more fans to say he's sorry.
9/6/2013 | Reds well positioned to steal NL Central flag
A couple of noteworthy developments in recent days might encourage you to give the Reds, currently three back of the Pirates and 1 1/2 games behind the Cards, a good, hard look as the favorite to win this division.
9/6/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: September 6
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
9/6/2013 | Pulse of the Postseason: Sept. 6, 2013
Absent a year ago and considered a bit of an afterthought until a couple of weeks ago, the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry was back in the September spotlight as the Pulse of the Postseason kept beating toward October on Thursday, with races continuing to juggle positions in the first week of the final month of the regular season.
9/6/2013 | Castellanos excited for first MLB start in KC
When Nick Castellanos got the word from Tigers manager Jim Leyland that he'll be making his first Major League start in left field on Saturday night against the Royals, it reinforced the idea that Kauffman Stadium is a special place for him.
9/6/2013 | Miggy back in lineup for opener with Royals
Third baseman Miguel Cabrera was back in the Tigers' lineup on Friday night against the Royals after missing Wednesday's game in Boston due to abdomen/groin soreness.
9/6/2013 | Royals aren't big on free passes for Miggy
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been battling leg injuries and an abdominal strain, but he was in starting lineup on Friday night. Don't look for the Royals to intentionally walk the dangerous right-handed slugger very often, though.
9/6/2013 | Tigers march past Royals with 26-hit parade
Righty Anibal Sanchez fired seven strong innings and didn't want for offense as the Tigers banged out 26 hits while logging two five-run innings in a 16-2 rout of the Royals on Friday night.
9/6/2013 | Royals get roughed up by hot-hitting Tigers
Ace right-hander James Shields was tagged for 10 runs and was chased in the fourth as the Tigers used a pair of five-run innings to hand the Royals a 16-2 loss on Friday night.
9/6/2013 | Rays must summon September magic for late push
Another September to remember for the Rays? With 23 games left, 11 at home, they have it in their hands to shape their destiny. Those hands just need to get a firm grip.
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