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8/30/2013 | Comeback vs. A's among Leyland's favorite wins
Jim Leyland has a World Series ring thanks to a walk-off hit from Edgar Renteria in 1997. He has an American League championship ring thanks to a walk-off homer from Magglio Ordonez in 2006. He has a lot of dramatic victories mixed in. Thursday's 7-6 comeback win against Oakland ranks pretty high on his list.

8/30/2013 | Putkonen makes quick impact after promotion
Luke Putkonen replaced Max Scherzer in the sixth inning Thursday and racked up four strikeouts over two scoreless innings against the A's. He pounded the strike zone with his mid-90s fastball to go with a curveball and changeup he commanded.

8/30/2013 | Hoping to keep hitting, Avila grows out hair
Alex Avila tried growing out his beard the last few years. Now, he's looking for good luck by growing out his hair.

8/30/2013 | Yanks playing the hot hand with Reynolds at first
On Friday, Mark Reynolds started against Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, not Lyle Overbay. Reynolds has been the more productive hitter recently, and manager Joe Girardi said he wanted to keep the hot hand in the lineup.

8/30/2013 | Girardi stresses playoff implications of homestand
The Yankees entered Friday's game five games back in the Wild Card standings and eight games back for the second spot in the American League East race, but they still have an opportunity to make up ground in their playoff chase.

8/30/2013 | Yanks look to take series, leap over O's in East, WC
Ivan Nova, who is unbeaten over his last five starts, will try to earn the Yankees a series victory against the powerful Orioles on Saturday afternoon. Baltimore will send right-hander Scott Feldman to the hill as it tries to inch closer to the top of the standings.

8/30/2013 | Five-run fifth helps Yanks gain ground on O's
Friday's offensive outburst was enough to overcome another poor outing from CC Sabathia and propel the Yankees to a critical 8-5 victory over an Orioles team that now sits just a half game ahead of them for third place in the Wild Card standings.

8/30/2013 | Shoulder better, Carp available off bench
Mike Carp, who was a late scratch from Thursdays' 3-2 loss to the Orioles because of left shoulder stiffness, said he was feeling much better on Friday and would be available off the bench.

8/30/2013 | Buchholz pleased with latest rehab outing
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz readily admitted he's been his own worst enemy during his rehab process.

8/30/2013 | Phils finalize deal with Cuban righty Gonzalez
The Phillies announced on Friday that they have signed 26-year-old Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract.

8/30/2013 | First look: Angels prospect Dionicio
I had not heard of Ismael Dionicio when I entered the stadium to watch the Angels take on the host Cubs in an Arizona League game. Right off the bat, I was intrigued by what I was seeing.

8/30/2013 | Mariners promote Walker, Almonte from Triple-A
The Mariners on Friday promoted top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker and outfielder Abraham Almonte from Triple-A Tacoma. Walker will start in his big league debut Friday vs. the Astros.

8/30/2013 | There's life in baseball after Cubs for Sandberg
We all thought that would be Ryne Sandberg over there in the Cubs' dugout, enduring the long rebuilding process gallantly and graciously, connecting Cubs fans to all that was good and what could be again. A budding leader and P.R. persona doing what he loves in the city that loves him and in the ballpark where his name and number fly high on the right-field foul pole. The story got screwed up somewhere along the way, writes Anthony Castrovince.

8/30/2013 | Thank goodness for two Wild Cards in each league
The expansion to two Wild Cards in each league -- and the uncertainty of playing in a winner-take-all Wild Card game -- has helped restore the importance of being a division winner.

8/30/2013 | O's add Morse in waiver deal with Mariners
The Orioles picked up a power bat for the stretch run, acquiring outfielder Michael Morse from the Mariners on Friday in exchange for Minor League outfielder Xavier Avery.

8/30/2013 | Cubs face yet another former Cy Young in Lee
Phillies lefty Cliff Lee will be the last of four former Cy Young Award winners to pitch against the Cubs in their last five games, as he takes the mound at Wrigley Field on Saturday, one day after his 35th birthday. Chicago's Chris Rusin will be trying for his first win in four home starts.

8/30/2013 | Sandberg left mark with young Cubs, especially Barney
Darwin Barney still has a bat autographed by Ryne Sandberg, his former Triple-A manager. The current Cubs second baseman also remembers all the lessons he learned from the former one, now a Hall of Famer and back at Wrigley Field on Friday as the Phillies' interim manager.

8/30/2013 | Young makes Sandberg a winner in return to Wrigley
Michael Young's fourth hit was a go-ahead single in the ninth to give the Phillies a 6-5 comeback victory over the Cubs in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. Interim manager Ryne Sandberg, who played 15 seasons for the Cubs, returned to Chicago for the first time as a manager.

8/30/2013 | Twins place Deduno and Ramirez on 15-day DL
The Twins on Friday placed Samuel Deduno and Wilkin Ramirez on the 15-day DL and recalled Pedro Hernandez from Double-A and Darin Mastroianni from Triple-A.

8/30/2013 | Mo's postseason legacy traced to '98 World Series
Mariano Rivera had already saved a nearly unprecedented number of games in the 1998 playoffs when he took the mound for Game 4 of the World Series on October 21, where he picked up his sixth save of the postseason to deliver the Yankees the championship.

8/30/2013 | Brewers trade Axford to Cards for player to be named
John Axford, whose record-setting run as the Brewers' closer coincided with the club's charge to the National League Championship Series in 2011, was traded Friday to the other team in that series, the Cardinals.

8/30/2013 | Miami a perfect home for rookie phenom Fernandez
NL Rookie of the Year Award candidate Jose Fernandez is the toast of the town in Miami, where the Cuban star has found comfort on the mound and in the city.

8/30/2013 | Axford excited to join Cards in heat of pennant race
Already assisting the Cardinals' climb to the top of the division by winning four of six games on a road trip through Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, the Brewers sent experienced late-inning reliever John Axford to St. Louis on Friday in a trade the Cardinals hope will further aid their postseason push.

8/30/2013 | Delgado making strides in D-backs' rotation
No longer a rookie, right-hander Randall Delgado has made impressive strides in his promotion to the D-backs' rotation.

8/30/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: August 30
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.


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