Tommy John: Spate of MLB elbow injuries 'unreal'

|Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Former major league pitcher Tommy John says it's "unreal" that so many pitchers need elbow surgery 40 years after he was the first to undergo the procedure that now bears his name.

Defense and bullpen betray Royals in loss to Indians

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The trajectory of the drive brought Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera to his knees. He buckled on the mound, peered up as Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis' go-ahead double flew into the outfield and watched a game perish in a 5-3 loss.

Pirates fall to Reds as Morton remains winless

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The Pirates drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning Wednesday night to score a run, and Andrew McCutchen drove a home run into the left-field bleachers in the third.

Marcus Semien's slam just grand for the White Sox

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Marcus Semien was welcomed back into the White Sox dugout with smiles and slaps to his helmet after his first career grand slam Wednesday night to fuel a 6-4 Sox victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Orioles belt season-high four home runs in rallying past Blue Jays

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Balls can fly when the roof of the Rogers Centre is closed, so the Baltimore Orioles still had plenty of time Wednesday night after they fell behind by five runs in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bill Shaikin: Reasons for lack of fanfare about Pujols' 500th home run

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The number that matters most is not 500.

Dodgers get a better handle in win over Phillies

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't make any errors behind Zack Greinke in their 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium.

Hamels, Phillies lose to Greinke, Dodgers

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

This was the debut stage for the lanky lefthander they called "Hollywood" before he even reached the majors, and it was appropriate. Five seasons somehow passed since Cole Hamels' last appearance at Dodger Stadium. The Philadelphia Phillies unveiled their keystone here Wednesday, with another star pitcher, Zack Greinke, opposing him.

Indians defeat Royals as Jason Kipnis delivers key hit

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Justin Masterson and the Indians' bullpen kept Kansas City in check and Jason Kipnis delivered a key hit late in the game, and the Indians downed the Royals, 5-3, at Progressive Field on Wednesday night.

Cardinals fall to Mets despite Macha's career-high 10 strikeouts

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

It happened suddenly for St. Louis Cardinals wunderkind Michael Wacha. For three innings, the New York Mets had no idea where his next pitch was going. Then, in the fourth, Wacha had no idea where his next pitch was going either. He was off balance, out of synch, unable to execute, and he made the inning increasingly difficult on himself.