Trying to describe Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons's defensive wizardy Monday night is almost impossible with words.
Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez missed another start Tuesday night nursing left hand injuries, so manager Don Mattingly had Matt Kemp back in right field and Justin Turner at shortstop. Kemp, in fact, impressed Mattingly so much with his natural play in right field Monday night that Mattingly said he is considering trying Puig in center field.
The Blue Jays called up their top prospect, right-hander Aaron Sanchez, amid a flurry of roster moves Tuesday. He has the potential to become a front-line starter, but for now, he will work out of the bullpen as Toronto attempts to remain in the American League East race.
D-backs right fielder Cody Ross is back on the 15-day disabled list, this time because of a left calf strain. He was replaced on the roster prior to Tuesday night's game against the Tigers by Alfredo Marte.
Residing within striking distance in the American League East, the Yankees sent a clear message on Tuesday that they intend to push for the postseason, completing a trade with the Padres for third baseman Chase Headley.
The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has placed infielder Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 20) and have recalled left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Good trades benefit both teams. A trade should not be judged on a "winner" or "loser" basis. If a trade benefits the clubs involved, it's a good deal. That's my impression of the transaction that sent veteran third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres to the Yankees for prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte. Everybody wins: the clubs and the players.
Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for the activation of Tuesday night's starting pitcher Josh Beckett.
The Cubs designated 2012 Gold Glove second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the roster for Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list. They also optioned left-hander Zac Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa and recalled right-hander Kyle Hendricks.
The A's reinstated outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced today. The A's also announced that infielder Andy Parrino was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following the game Sunday.
Once the face of the Padres, Chase Headley was sent to the Yankees for much smaller return than he once could have landed for the Friars. And while the Yankees hope his offensive levels return to its prior form, his glove will play at New York's hot corner.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
Joe Garagiola's wonderful life has been one of humor and giving, of dignity, integrity and grace. Baseball has been a constant -- his enduring love. Yet that's just part of the story. Rather than curse the darkness, he has lit candles, hundreds of them.
Ten signature moments from the career of Greg Maddux, who will enter the Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Greg Maddux said he never thought much about his place in history or the Hall of Fame. But he'll enter Cooperstown on Sunday as a slam-dunk selection, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time.
Dustin Ackley has only been playing the outfield since midseason last year, but the former second baseman looked like a natural on Monday night as he went over the left-field wall at Safeco Field to rob the Mets' Travis d'Arnaud of a home run in the sixth inning.
The Tigers pulled out a 4-3 win in the series opener against the D-backs on Monday at Chase Field, winning their second straight after a four-game losing streak. Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered before Miguel Cabrera tallied the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh to give Justin Verlander his ninth victory.