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8/30/2013 | Ackley drives top prospect Walker to first career win
Hard-throwing right-hander Taijuan Walker pitched five innings of two-hit ball on Friday as the Mariners' premier pitching prospect won his Major League debut in a 7-1 victory over the Astros. Dustin Ackley went 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

8/30/2013 | Tribe looks to solve problem with Tigers in Detroit
Detroit's rain-shortened win in Friday's series opener gave the Tigers six straight wins against Cleveland and extended their AL Central lead to 7 1/2 games. Anibal Sanchez looks to continue the momentum Saturday at Comerica Park, while the Indians ask Scott Kazmir to play stopper.

8/30/2013 | Rangers not planning major deals past Deadline
Saturday is the Trade Deadline for players to be acquired and still be eligible for the postseason roster, but the Rangers are not planning to be a part of the latest blitz of deals going down.

8/30/2013 | Berkman likely to return in limited role
Lance Berkman said he is expecting to be activated on Sunday. But he will likely return in a limited role as a pinch-hitter and occasional designated hitter.

8/30/2013 | Ortiz called up to give Rangers extra southpaw
The Rangers called up left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned right-hander Ross Wolf. The move amounts to four days off for Wolf. He is expected to be called up Tuesday when Round Rock's season ends.

8/30/2013 | Brown playing every day as Mets ride hot bat
Mets outfielder Andrew Brown made his fifth consecutive start in Friday's series opener against the Nationals, as his hot bat has earned him regular playing time in the wake of Marlon Byrd's trade to Pittsburgh.

8/30/2013 | Mets piling up the outfield assists
Running on the Mets' outfield has been a perilous exercise for opposing baserunners this season. The Mets rank fourth in the Majors in outfield assists and second in the National League, behind only the D-backs.

8/30/2013 | Gee has been stabilizing force in Mets' rotation
Dillon Gee took the ball for the Mets' series opener against the Nationals on Friday, his 27th start of the season. The right-hander made his first start on April 4 and has made his turn in the rotation every time. That makes him stand out in the Mets' 2013 rotation.

8/30/2013 | Maybin to avoid knee surgery
Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin, who missed his 69th game Friday after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, has been told he won't need surgery and could potentially play winter ball.

8/30/2013 | Surgery-bound Quentin looks to next season
Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will have surgery on his injured knee Tuesday in San Diego. Team physician Heinz Hoenecke will perform the procedure, according to manager Bud Black.

8/30/2013 | Kluber tweaks schedule targeting return next weekend
With the Minor League season ending soon, Corey Kluber decided to move his simulated game from Saturday to Monday in Cleveland, in hopes that he returns to the Indians' rotation from the 15-day disabled list by next weekend.

8/30/2013 | Tribe signs Shoppach to Minor League contract
The Indians brought back a familiar face on Friday, signing Kelly Shoppach to a Minor League contract and assigning him to Triple-A Columbus. He will likely return to Cleveland after rosters expand Sunday.

8/30/2013 | Chisenhall hopes pinch-hit homer ends slump
Lonnie Chisenhall is hoping Thursday's pinch-hit home run will mark the end of his slump. He was back in the Indians' starting lineup Friday against the Tigers after coming off the bench the last three games.

8/30/2013 | Grilli to make pair of Double-A rehab starts
While taking care of business on the field, the Bucs are also keeping a light on for a pair of veteran pitchers who at least could be on the horizon for possible postseason participation. Reliever Jason Grilli and left-handed starter Wandy Rodriguez are both hitting the accelerator in their recoveries from forearm injuries.

8/30/2013 | Gulf Tower to light up when Jolly Roger is raised
Whenever the Pirates raise the Jolly Roger for the rest of the season, they will be doing so by the light of the Gulf Tower.

8/30/2013 | Dodgers sign free agent Volquez
The Dodgers announced the signing of free-agent pitcher Edinson Volquez on Friday to a contract for the rest of the season, providing an additional candidate for the club's plan to use a sixth starter in September.

8/30/2013 | Pirates tie Cardinals for first behind Liriano's gem
With Garrett Jones' lively left bat supporting Francisco Liriano's even livelier left arm and a sellout crowd of 38,026 losing its collective head over all of it, the Pirates downed the Cardinals, 5-0, to tie them for the National League Central lead. Both teams are 78-56 with 28 games remaining, including two more in this series.

8/30/2013 | Hughes' next start pushed back to Monday
Phil Hughes was originally slated to pitch Sunday's series finale against the Orioles, but he will now pitch Monday against the White Sox. Andy Pettitte will start on Sunday.

8/30/2013 | Cano returns to lineup, but Nunez sits again
Robinson Cano returned to the Yankees lineup Friday after missing Wednesday's game with a bruised left hand. He played second base and hit third against the Orioles.

8/30/2013 | Victorino will eventually return to switch-hitting
Shane Victorino hasn't abandoned switch-hitting altogether. He has simply abandoned it for the time being, and the end date is open-ended.

8/30/2013 | First place at stake as Pirates, Cards clash at PNC
The Pirates claimed the series opener against the Cardinals at PNC Park on Friday night to pull even with their division foe atop the National League Central. On Saturday night, St. Louis' Lance Lynn and Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett square off with first place up for grabs.

8/30/2013 | Hammel to make next rehab start Tuesday in Aberdeen
Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel will make his second rehab start for short-season Aberdeen on Tuesday and the team could activate him from the disabled list late next week.

8/30/2013 | Wheeler, Mets out to spoil Nats' playoff push
The Mets may not be in the thick of the playoff race, but that doesn't mean they are going to roll over during their current nine-game road trip, all against teams in the postseason hunt. The Mets square off against the Nationals on Saturday in Washington as rookie Zack Wheeler opposes Dan Haren, who has pitched brilliantly in August.

8/30/2013 | Cruz remorseful; Rangers 'keeping options open'
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, currently serving a 50-game suspension that runs through the end of the regular season, gave a brief statement to the media at the Ballpark in Arlington on Friday, once again apologizing for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in relation and expressing hope that he will be on the postseason roster if the team advances that far.

8/30/2013 | Miggy exits second straight game early with injury
Tigers manager Jim Leyland knew Miguel Cabrera wanted to play against Cleveland, despite his abdominal strain. But after Cabrera lasted just two innings of Friday's opener before his second consecutive early exit, Leyland and the Tigers might be weighing whether to sit him to get him right.

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