Nationals veteran Ryan Zimmerman returned to baseball-related activities on Thursday afternoon when he threw for the first time since sustaining his injury (Grade 3 right hamstring strain) less than a month ago while in Denver.
Once the pregame preparation is pored over, the Nationals have found a way to relax on the field and not let the pressure of a pennant chase affect them.
The Yankees enjoyed yet another strong outing from Brandon McCarthy, this one a dominating four-hit shutout that helped his club to a 3-0 victory over the Astros on Thursday afternoon, salvaging the finale of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
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During a mound visit on Tuesday night, while the Indians were trying to claw back into the game against the Twins, second baseman Jason Kipnis had an emphatic message for manager Terry Francona.
There's no way to sugarcoat what the loss of Garrett Richards could mean to the Angels. It's a punch to the gut, one that will shake the team both in the clubhouse and on the mound. But on tough days like this, the Angels will have to turn the focus from what they've lost to what they still have. They've got enough.
The Astros used Jose Veras to close out Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Yankees because Chad Qualls was dealing with a stiff lower back, and Qualls said Thursday he was likely going to need another day to get healthy.
Few could have envisioned the Marlins making such a dramatic turnaround, and quite frankly, some in the organization are included. In a conversation with MLB.com, president David Samson spoke about the process of rebuilding the Marlins brand.
Miguel Cabrera served as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday after tweaking his right left ankle while running the bases during Wednesday night's win over the Rays.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander strode into Brad Ausmus' office, high-fived his manager and walked out without a word. Translation: Verlander's bullpen session on Thursday went well and he's on target to start one half of Saturday's doubleheader at Target Field.
Jonathan Lucroy's impressive stats and importance to the first-place Brewers have earned him a spot in the National League Most Valuable Player race.
Matt Moore is out for the season while recovering from season-ending Tommy John surgery, but the left-hander remains a familiar face around the Rays' clubhouse and he's making progress with his rehab.
Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Albert Pujols and Yasiel Puig will highlight a group of MLB stars, led by Rangers manager Ron Washington, who will travel to Japan in November to take part in a five-game All-Star Series against Japan's national team, Samurai Japan.
Masahiro Tanaka will make the next step in his rehab program on Saturday, when he faces hitters during live batting practice. That is likely to come at Yankee Stadium, although the Yankees are still trying to work out the details of who he will face.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continued to make its rounds through Major League Baseball on Thursday morning, as nearly 400 participants from MLB Advanced Media completed the challenge.
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When Buffalo welcomes Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the start of an two-game series on Thursday, Dalton Pompey will make his Triple-A debut with Daniel Norris on the mound. The game, which begins at 7:05 p.m. ET, can be seen on MiLB.TV.