Assistant Sports Editor
Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo aims for a third straight gem on Friday night when the Cincinnati Reds host the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
After losing the final six games of their recent road trip, the Seattle Mariners should be happy about playing at home for the next week. That excitement may be a bit dampened, though, as their first opponent will be the first-place Texas Rangers.
Pittsburgh ace A.J. Burnett tries to end a three-start skid on Friday night when the Pirates open a three-game series at Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Three's a crowd atop the NL West standings, but the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants will both try to change that as they meet up Friday at AT&T for the opener of a three-game series.
The St. Louis Cardinals hope to pad their NL Central lead while the Los Angeles Dodgers look to climb out of the NL West basement, as the two are set to begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Friday.
DETROIT ï¿½ Another night, another quiet clubhouse. Another night to try to shake off the latest tough loss.
For years, Giants baseball has been associated mostly with one characteristic. Sure, Buster Posey is now one of the game's best players, and the lineup is very deep. But ask anyone in baseball why the Giants have won two of the past three titles and you'll get the same answer.
Jed Lowrie will do everything possible to be in the lineup when the Oakland Athletics return to Houston for a three-game series beginning Friday night. Despite enduring a 107-loss season with the Astros last year, the Athletics' shortstop maintained playing there will always be significant to him.
DETROIT - It's hard to keep up with all that Miguel Cabrera is doing right now:
LOS ANGELES-In the fall leading up to his first season as Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly was asked if he could control his frustration as he relied on players who were unlikely to ever reach the individual heights he reached as a first baseman with the New York Yankees.
Nick Tepesch had no issues with the blister on his right middle finger during a bullpen session on Thursday, and is scheduled to start Sunday at Seattle.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Finding a suitable low-note encore for losing a series at Houston is no easy task, but the Royals pulled it off Thursday night by becoming the first club to roll over for Angels right-hander Joe Blanton.
PITTSBURGH - Manager Dale Sveum had one word Thursday morning for the statistical oddity of the Cubs' start.
During various junctures of his career, John Danks has been compared to former White Sox ace Mark Buehrle.
After meeting with the Cubs' decision-makers, University of Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray gave them a demonstration of why they should take him with the second overall pick in the upcoming draft, if the Astros don't draft him first overall.