PLAY teaches youth negative effects of steroids

Brian Parker knows the ill effects performance-enhancing drugs can have, and that is why he, along with the Pirates' training staff and closer Mark Melancon, stressed the negative effects of steroid use to a group of 120 children Monday morning at PNC Park as part of the national PLAY (Promoting a Lifestyle of Activity for Youth) campaign that sets out to raise awareness in children's health issues.

Uecker recalls life-saving moment at Wrigley

A game at Wrigley Field may have saved Bob Uecker's life. The Brewers broadcaster doesn't remember the exact day, but he does recall that he was in the radio booth at Wrigley in September 2009, covering a game between Chicago and Milwaukee. Ryan Theriot was the batter, and Uecker said that suddenly, he couldn't see.

Despaigne comes oh so close to Padres’ first no-hitter

Despite some brief excitement on Sunday afternoon in San Diego, the Padres are still the lone MLB franchise without a no-hitter to its name. Odrisamer Despaigne was four outs away from notching the club's first no-no in its 45-year history, but Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy did away with those aspirations by slicing a double to left-center with two outs in the eighth in the Padres' 2-1 victory.

Deadline roundup: Lee sweepstakes set to begin

Cliff Lee, who has not pitched in a Major League game since May 18, rejoins the Phillies rotation on Monday against the Giants, and it's hard not to read his return as anything other than an audition, given the Phillies' place in the National League East standings and their openness to moving some pricey veterans.