Relief roles these days a matter of routine, but is that the best way to run a bullpen?
When Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez won the MVP in 1984, he pitched in 80 games. Only 33 of those appearances were save opportunities....

Ring around the restaurant: Lost Red Sox 2013 World Series ring returned by Yankees fan

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan....

Rangers' struggles continue as 9-3 loss to A's in sweltering heat drops Texas to 4-19 in July

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- A rough month didn't get any better for Texas on Sunday night, even though the game-time temperature of 100 degrees would have seemed to be in the Rangers' favor against Oakland....

Struggling Giants drop Peavy debut, swept by Dodgers as NL West lead swings to Los Angeles

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants pinned their hopes on Jake Peavy to provide new life to a beat-up rotation and a lineup searching for a lift....

First-place Dodgers make NL West statement by overtaking Giants in weekend sweep at AT&T Park

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Manager Don Mattingly hardly considers a late-July sweep in San Francisco a turning point to put his Dodgers in the driver's seat atop the NL West....

John Jaso has 2 hits, 3 RBIs to back Scott Kazmir as A's beat Rangers 9-3

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- John Jaso drove in three runs, helping Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 Sunday night....

Eric Stults tagged for 6 runs in 3rd inning but otherwise strong as Padres fall to Braves 8-3

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Eric Stults was unhittable for five of his six innings against the Braves....

Rockies beaten by homers and nifty baserunning in 7-5 loss to Pirates

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DENVER (AP) -- When Nolan Arenado flashed some impressive glove work to help get out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth it looked like the Colorado Rockies' day....

Mariners rally late on Zunino's HR, but fall to Orioles 3-2 in 10

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Throwing strikes is not necessarily always a good thing, as the Seattle Mariners discovered Sunday....

Baseball immortality for The Big Hurt, Glavine, Maddux, and managers Torre, La Russa and Cox

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy....


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