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Maybe the idea of finally going home overwhelmed the thoughts of the Indians. Or at least some of them.
Nick Hagadone is back in Columbus, sitting in the Clippers' bullpen waiting for the call.
Last Sunday, the Twins were tied at 7 with the Royals in the top of the eighth inning on a beautiful afternoon, creating one of the most optimistic moments of the past three seasons.
PITTSBURGH - You look out from home plate and you see the hotels and office buildings popping from the blue-and-white background of an early July sky. You see a lush green outfield that appears to run into the river. And you see a steel suspension bridge that connects the two, the downtown skyline, equal parts glass modernity and bricks-and-mortar industry, and the sparkling stadium that would be one of the most impressive venues in the majors if it could only attract a regular audience of baseball fans.
Manager Robin Ventura's biggest task in the next 31/2 weeks might be keeping his White Sox players healthy.
MINNEAPOLIS - Not a week into Kyle Gibson's career, and already he pitches like a veteran, like he's been a Minnesota Twin for years.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland made the decision Wednesday night that Miguel Cabrera would get a day off after leaving late in games Tuesday and Wednesday with a stiff back. Cabrera will be in uniform on the bench and available to be a pinch hitter.
KANSAS CITY, MO. - The ever-enigmatic Royals had won nine out of 10 games to reach a relatively magical .500 mark in June for the first time in a decade . . . only to drop eight of 12 to start the predictable plummet into irrelevance that has with ample reason come to be assumed.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland made the decision Wednesday night that Miguel Cabrera would get a day off after leaving late in games Tuesday and Wednesday with a stiff back. Cabrera was in uniform on the bench and available to be a pinch-hitter.
There wasn't much room for debate at Dodger Stadium on a recent summer evening.
Who knows what it will mean come September - or maybe even a few days from now - but, at this moment, the Royals are riding a blue wave that beckons with all sorts of marvelous possibilities.
At the end of one of the worst trips in franchise history, the Giants finally caught a bit of a break.
Here at U.S. Cellular Field - where fireworks are launched past center field after every home run the White Sox hit - the Fourth of July celebration on Chicago's South Side occurred at the most inopportune time for the Orioles on Thursday afternoon.
It was a .500 road trip - five wins, five losses - for a team that has struggled to reach and stay above .500 the entire season.
The New York Mets designated veteran relief pitcher Brandon Lyon for assignment following Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
After a stretch in which they won 12 of 16 games to pull into the NL West race, the San Diego Padres have hit a rough stretch.
Henderson Alvarez will make his Miami Marlins debut in Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves, with the team reinstating the offseason acquisition from the 60-day disabled list to serve as its starting pitcher.
The Oakland Athletics recalled right-hander Dan Straily from Triple-A Sacramento to start Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
The Atlanta Braves have placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle contusion.
The Washington Nationals activated catcher Wilson Ramos from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
With apologies to Yasiel Puig and the Cleveland Indians, the biggest story in baseball this season - and we're pretty far into it - has to be the Pittsburgh Pirates.
From a famous speech that has echoed for decades to a crazy slugfest at Coors Field, baseball has had its share of memorable moments on July Fourth. Here's a look back at some of the all-time moments of the day.
At the site of one of baseball's great postseason comebacks, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy managed a July 3 game like it was a playoff game. That still wasn't enough to send the Giants off with a victory.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A passed ball, a "no-brainer" run that didn't score and a lack of hitting combined to doom the Cubs in the finale of their road trip.
The Twins' clubhouse had the air of an election-night party for a losing candidate Wednesday. Everybody keeping a stiff upper lip, speaking optimistically about the chances for a miracle - but morbidly mindful of the numbers that just keep piling up.