Heady play: Ortiz breaks up DP with helmet

There are plenty of reasons batters wear helmets on the basepaths, and Friday night's game between the Astros and Red Sox at Fenway Park provided another prime example -- one that also kept a key inning alive for Boston. In the fifth, Sox slugger David Ortiz found himself advancing to second base after Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to third.

A more upbeat Wright visits team in L.A.

Smiling, laughing, joking -- "that joyful sound" back in his voice, as Terry Collins put it -- the David Wright who appeared at Dodger Stadium on Friday hardly resembled the version who first visited his teammates a month ago in San Diego. But an underlying sense of uncertainty continues to surround Wright and his return from spinal stenosis.

Collins’ job is safe, Alderson says

Despite the Mets' disappointing play in recent weeks, dropping from 10 games over .500 in late April to exactly .500 at the start of play Friday, team leaders have given "absolutely no consideration" to making a managerial change, general manager Sandy Alderson said.

Reddick, Melvin clear up miscommunication

A's outfielder Josh Reddick said he spoke to manager Bob Melvin about the candid remarks he made in a radio interview Thursday that suggested the front office, specifically general manager Billy Beane, is restricting his playing time against left-handers despite Melvin's desire to keep him in the lineup regardless.