4/25/2013 | Yanks knock three homers to make winner of Kuroda
Robinson Cano belted a three-run homer, Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli also cleared the fences, and the Yankees outslugged the Blue Jays, 5-3, on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
4/25/2013 | Balky back keeping Youk on the bench
Kevin Youkilis tried to take swings in the batting cage at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, but his sore lower back is still not game-ready, Joe Girardi said.
4/25/2013 | Izturis staking claim to second-base job
Maicer Izturis seems to have the early edge on the starting job at second base. The Blue Jays haven't officially declared that he is their everyday guy, but he has received the bulk of the work since April 16.
4/25/2013 | Gordon's tape-measure slam powers Royals to win
With their long-time tormentor Justin Verlander out of Thursday's game, the Royals exploded with five 10th-inning runs, including Alex Gordon's long grand slam, for a stunning 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on a chilly, wet afternoon at Comerica Park.
4/25/2013 | Reliever Below scooped up by Miami
So much for the Tigers holding onto lefty swingman Duane Below. The Miami Marlins claimed the 27-year-old on waivers Thursday and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans.
4/25/2013 | Nix uses special bat to honor Texas victims
Houston native Laynce Nix had his bat company, Victus, manufacture a special bat for him, with "Pray for West, Texas; April 17, 2013," printed on the barrel as a tribute to those who died and were injured in the horrific fertilizer factory explosion.
4/25/2013 | Manuel empathizes with catchers as Chooch returns
All systems appear to be go for catcher Carlos Ruiz to be reinstated Sunday in New York after sitting out the first 25 games of the season for testing positive for a banned amphetamine. And that makes everybody around the Phillies happy, although it will likely cost Erik Kratz or Humberto Quintero a roster spot.
4/25/2013 | Revere rests as Manuel takes look at Carrera
Center fielder Ben Revere, who had started every game this season, was out of the lineup Thursday afternoon against the Pirates. He got a break partly because he's dealing with a nagging quad injury, partly because he has three hits in his past 19 at-bats over five games, and partly because Charlie Manuel wanted to get a look at Ezequiel Carrera, who the Phillies claimed off waivers April 2 from the Indians.
4/25/2013 | Injury-riddled Yankees an early-season surprise
When they left Spring Training, last rites were being written about the Yankees as a contender in the tough American League East. Instead, manager Joe Girardi's makeshift lineup has been one of the season's biggest surprises.
4/25/2013 | Davey looking for ways to jump-start Nats
Davey Johnson was surprised to see as many nine players taking early batting practice Thursday, which was a good sign as far as Johnson was concerned.
4/25/2013 | Marshall back with club, official return nears
Sean Marshall re-joined the Reds in Washington on Thursday after making two rehab appearances for Triple-A Louisville this week.
4/25/2013 | Gio, Espi help Nats make quick work of Reds
Gio Gonzalez allowed one hit over eight innings and Danny Espinosa drove in three runs to help the Nationals defeat the Reds, 8-1, on Thursday night. Washington is now back at .500 with an 11-11 record.
4/25/2013 | Yankees prospect Williams charged with DUI
Yankees prospect Mason Williams was reportedly arrested in Tampa, Fla., early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence.
4/25/2013 | Mattingly to 'mix and match' at hot corner
Juan Uribe started at third base for the Dodgers Thursday, back in the rotation after three games of Jerry Hairston.
4/25/2013 | Hanley to Class A for rehab, but unsure when
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly Thursday morning said he didn't have a day for the start of Hanley Ramirez's injury rehab assignment, but Ramirez tweeted a big hint an hour later.
4/25/2013 | Collins shifts Ike, Duda in lineup
Four days after vowing not to move Ike Davis from the cleanup spot in his lineup, Mets manager Terry Collins caved to the temptation.
4/25/2013 | Rest for Buck gets Recker rare start
For merely the third time in 20 games this season, the Mets started Thursday's game with someone other than John Buck behind the plate.
4/25/2013 | Ryu outstanding as LA takes two of three in New York
Andre Ethier singled off former Dodgers farmhand Scott Rice with one out in the ninth inning to score Nick Punto and the Dodgers went on to a 3-2 win over the Mets Thursday.
4/25/2013 | Martinez purposely avoids contact to avert injury
Victor Martinez didn't try to collide with the catcher on a play at the plate on Wednesday night, he simply turned right and ran straight to the dugout. Having injured his knee on a similar play in 2011, Martinez wasn't taking any chances.
4/25/2013 | Tight hip isn't expected to keep Alburquerque out
Reliever Al Alburquerque said Thursday morning his hip, which tightened up on him during the seventh inning Wednesday night, feels fine now and he should be able to pitch once he loosens it up.
4/25/2013 | Garcia to begin Minor League rehab assignment
Avisail Garcia's Spring Training injury pretty much cost him a month, but he's finally back in game action.
4/25/2013 | Royals complete rather bizarre road trip
The Royals are coming off what must be one of the strangest trips in their history. The trip began on an off-day, April 15, when the Royals left Kansas City in the early afternoon for Atlanta.
4/25/2013 | Taxed Grilli, Melancon get finale off in Philadelphia
The Pirates entered Thursday's series finale against the Phillies boasting the second-best bullpen in the Majors with a 1.78 ERA, but Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli -- two of the reasons Pittsburgh's 'pen is so good -- were unavailable for the matinee in Philadelphia.
4/25/2013 | Inge gets another start amid hot Bucs debut
In just two games, Brandon Inge has already ingratiated himself into the Pirates' clubhouse and manager Clint Hurdle's good graces. He earned another start Thursday against Phillies southpaw Cliff Lee.
4/25/2013 | Pirates take battle of 'Pens-ylvania yet again
If nothing else comes from a four-game series in Philadelphia -- besides three consecutive wins, capped with Thursday's 6-4 victory -- the Pirates now know that if their rotation keeps them close, any game is winnable.
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