Twins' offense a surprise this season; Rays fall

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Many Twins players left spring training believing this could be a .500 team this season. No, that's not what competing is all about, hoping for mediocrity. But after suffering through 291 losses over the three previous seasons, finishing .500 - to them - would be turning the corner.

AL Capsules

|Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs, Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 Thursday.

Cubs in the same losing rut as last season

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

After losing their second consecutive game to the team with the worst record in the major leagues, manager Rick Renteria saw some motivation for the Cubs this weekend as they visit the Brewers to face one of the hottest teams.

Padres 3B Headley leaves with strained right calf

|Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

San Diego third baseman Chase Headley has left the Padres' game against the Washington Nationals in the middle of the second inning with a strained right calf.

Sam Mellinger: So much to be learned about Royals' Ventura, which makes his starts all the more thrilling

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The problem with Yordano Ventura is that nobody knows. This is the wonder in watching him pitch. It is also the danger. The thrill. The fear.

NL Capsules

|Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after two Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Thursday.

Indians' Corey Kluber strikes out 11 in complete-game win

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Corey Kluber had one of the best outings for an Indians pitcher in more than three decades, and the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-1, at Progressive Field on Thursday afternoon.

Depleted White Sox end trip with loss in Detroit

|Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The Chicago White Sox won't ever be thrilled about a 3-4 road trip.

Punchless Royals lose to Indians after Bruce Chen implodes

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The magician's show lasted about 80 minutes. Bruce Chen mystified the Indians for four innings and 12 batters. The performance ended in a swift and painful fashion for the Royals, who fell, 5-1, after Chen imploded in the fifth.

Pineda not only pitcher in majors to try pine tar

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is hardly the first major leaguer to head to the mound hoping to get away with using pine tar to aid his grip.