1:43 PM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
Newsday

Injuries at first base forcing Yankees to go with inexperience

The last time the Yankees rolled the dice on a third baseman with back problems, it didn't work out too well. Kevin Youkilis, after pooh-poohing his lumbar issues in Boston, signed for $12 million and played a total of 28 games before his 2013 season was ended by surgery to repair a herniated disc.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tipsheet: Cards ease Rays away from trade market

Cardinals didn't put up much of a fight against the Rays, who moved closer to playoff contention — and further away from a fire sale.

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Peavy drew a crowd; other moves loom

TORONTO—The Blue Jays, of course, won. The Rays won their seventh straight. The Yankees won a rain-delayed affair. The Orioles were leading in the seventh in Anaheim. For the second straight night Wednesday, the Red Sox were in danger of losing a full game in the standings to everyone else in the American League East. They were assured of possession of last place when they go to Tropicana Field Friday for this weekend’s series against the Rays.

Detroit News

'Highly unlikely' Joel Hanrahan will pitch for Tigers this season

He had Tommy John surgery last year, and seemed well on his way to a comeback when the Tigers signed him in May -- beating out several other interested clubs in the process.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays: Some brotherly love between Molinas

Today: Off Next game: 7:10 p.m. Friday, vs. Red Sox

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cards, Rays turn Busch into Whiff City

The teams combine for 25 strikeouts in a 3-0 win for Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Times

Alex Cobb, Rays shut out Cardinals for two-game sweep

He backs a stellar start with an RBI double.

Texas Rangers Blog | ESPN Dallas

Pregame Notes: Feliz will close today

NEW YORK -- It's official, at least for one day, but the Rangers will make Neftali Feliz the closer for Thursday afternoon's game against the New York Yankees. The Rangers traded closer Joakim Soria on Wednesday night to the Detroit Tigers for two pitching prospects. The move has pushed Feliz, who was a dominant force in the role in 2010 and 2011 before being moved to starter and Tommy John injuries halted his career, back to the late inning stopper.

Los Angeles Times

Pac-12 media day: Smack talk from Austin Hill

Arizona receiver Austin Hill returns this season after missing 2013 with a knee injury.

The Ledger

Rays 3, Cardinals 0: Cobb's Arm, Bat Propel Tampa Bay

What happened at the plate made Wednesday night memorable — and painful — for Alex Cobb.

Chicago Sun-Times

Theo cautions about Cubs’ bright signs

Cubs team president Theo Epstein was asked before Wednesday night’s game if Jorge Soler could get a late-season callup. Promoted late Tuesday to Class AAA Iowa, Soler had recovered from leg injuries to hit .415 with an .862 slugging percentage in 22 games at Class AA Tennessee. ‘‘We’re not going to make any decisions now, nor are we going to talk too much about possible promotions,’’ Epstein said. ‘‘Just let it play out.’’ Epstein and the Cubs...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays shut out in lottery for extra draft picks

ST. LOUIS — Major League Baseball instituted a competitive balance lottery in 2012 to award additional draft picks to help small-market and low-revenue teams.

Dodgers Report | ESPN Los Angeles

Dan Haren's spot might be in jeopardy

PITTSBURGH -- Before Dan Haren signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, rumors still persisted that the team was intent on landing Masahiro Tanaka. He knew that Chad Billingsley was on the comeback trail. There was a pretty good chance he'd be looking over his shoulder at some point in the season if he wasn't performing well. Funny thing is, even though Tanaka landed with the New York Yankees and Billingsley's comeback ended with yet another elbow surgery, Haren finds himself wondering whether he has a role in the Dodgers' rotation after all.

CSN Houston

Marwin Gonzalez fine, but battling hamstring issues

Marwin Gonzalez was taken out of Wednesday night's game because of a nagging hamstring injury that Bo Porter was hoping to get rested.

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Buchholz escapes injury, but can't dodge loss

TORONTO—There was a dazed aspect to Clay Buchholz’s pitching Wednesday night, and that was even before he took a comebacker from Munenori Kawasaki off the side of his head. The Red Sox barely had time to savor the 3-0 lead David Ortiz gave them with his fourth home run in three nights before Buchholz gave it all back in the bottom of the first, foreshadowing what would become a 6-4 Sox defeat. “I’ll take the blame for this one, for sure,’’ Buchholz said.

Washington Post

Nats Journal: Should the Nationals make a trade to replace Ryan Zimmerman?

The Nationals are good enough to win the World Series this year, right now, and the number of seasons that will remain true is inherently limited. In the wake of Ryan Zimmerman’s injury, those two principles should guide the Nationals at the trade deadline. Read full article >>

Los Angeles Times

Angels put Grant Green on disabled list, recall C.J. Cron

Utility infielder Grant Green, whose ninth-inning, run-scoring single gave the Angels a 6-5 walk-off win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a lumbar strain on Wednesday, an injury he suffered working out in the weight room.

The LoHud Yankees Blog | Journal News

Jeter gets a day off

No roster move. Chris Leroux is still here; Yankees still have a three-man bench (but really a two-man because of the Teixeira injury). Jacoby Ellsbury CF Brett Gardner LF Carlos Beltran DH Brian McCann 1B Chase Headley 3B Brian Roberts 2B Ichiro Suzuki RF Francisco Cervelli C Brendan Ryan SS RHP Brandon McCarthy The post Jeter gets a day off appeared first on The LoHud Yankees Blog.

Sacramento Bee

Cespedes hits 2 HRs, A's hold off Astros 9-7

Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night. Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes hits a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes, center, celebrates his three-run home run with teammates Coco Crisp, left, and Eric Sogard during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Wednesday,...

Belleville News Democrat

Rays' David Price to Cardinals? Longoria hopes it doesn't happen

There have been rumblings for the past several weeks that the St. Louis Cardinals are interested in acquiring Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price.

Chicago White Sox Blog | ESPN Chicago

Cooper to miss start of road trip

CHICAGO -- Pitching coach Don Cooper will not be with the White Sox when they open a seven-game road trip at Minnesota on Thursday. Cooper has been away from the team since Monday with vertigo, but is believed to be at home resting after a stay in the hospital. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen has been serving as pitching coach in Cooper’s absence. “He’s not feeling that much better so we don’t have him going on the flight today,” manager Robin Ventura said.

The Phillies Zone | Philadelphia Inquirer

Carlos Ruiz -- and Phillippe Aumont -- return to Phillies

A concussion, believed to be his second in five years, cost Carlos Ruiz 26 games. The Phillies catcher was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and will bat fifth.

Belleville News Democrat

Game day: Cobb's RBI double in 2nd give Rays lead over Cardinals

Opposing pitchers are doing damage to the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

Newark Star-Ledger

Yankees' Brian McCann making second straight start at first base

The Yankees are without Mark Teixeira and Kelly Johnson due to injury

Yankees Blog | ESPN New York

Game 100: Rangers (40-60) @ Yanks (51-48)

NEW YORK -- We have reached the century mark of this 2014 season, and in spite of all the injuries, the offensive underproduction, and all-around inconsistency, the Yankees remain in the thick of the AL East race, sitting four games behind the Baltimore Orioles, even with yet another player headed to the DL (Kelly Johnson, groin strain). Joe Girardi burned through his bullpen in Tuesday night's 14-inning, 2-1 win, so the Yankees recalled RHP Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton in case David Phelps needs help tonight.

Northwest Herald

Viciedo out of lineup with left hamstring injury

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo was removed from the starting lineup just before Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals because of tightness in his lower left hamstring.

YESNetwork

New York Yankees Carlos Beltran on his facial injuries

Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran talks about suffering a facial fracture and a possible concussion during batting practice prior to Wednesday's game. Follow YES Network on Twitter: http://yesnet.me/1dtTy7q Follow YES Network on Instagram: http://yesnet.

YESNetwork

Joe Girardi discusses Masahiro Tanaka's trip to the DL and Carlos Beltran's knee

Joe Girardi discusses the breaking news about Masahiro Tanaka's elbow injury and the status of Carlos Beltran knee issue. Subscribe for daily videos on YES Network: http://yesnet.me/10FUHE2 Follow YES Network on Twitter: http://yesnet.me/1dtTy7q Follow Y

YESNetwork

Romeo Santos visits the Yankees broadcast booth

During the Yankees-Rays game, Bronx native and bachata music superstar Romeo Santos visits Michael Kay and Al Leiter in the brodacast booth to talk about his upcoming concerts at Yankee Stadium and his love of baseball. Follow YES Network on Twitter: htt