For the New York Yankees, it's good to see Mark Buehrle.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to put some distance between themselves and Milwaukee in the playoff race as they open a three-game series with the Brewers on Friday evening.

The Atlanta Braves are hoping to emerge from an ill- timed slump and keep their playoff hopes alive as they begin a three-game set on Friday night with the New York Mets.

The Washington Nationals will continue their pursuit of the league's best record Friday in the second portion of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.

The San Francisco Giants aim to secure a much-needed third straight win on Friday evening in the opener of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.

It's been a long time since the Kansas City Royals played a series as important as the one they'll be in this weekend.

The LA Angels of Anaheim will continue their pursuit of the American League's top seed when they open a three-game series Friday versus the Texas Rangers.

John Lackey will return to the mound for the first time in nine days on Friday evening when his St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Oakland Athletics will try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they open a three-game series versus the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night.

The Seattle Mariners try to continue their push toward the postseason on Friday when they kick off a three-game series with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

It's a meeting of eras for the Chicago White Sox.

Phil Hughes goes after win No. 16 on Friday when the Minnesota Twins try to play spoiler versus the playoff-hopeful Cleveland Indians at Target Field.

Will the Chicago Cubs be Clayton Kershaw's next victim?

The Baltimore Orioles go after a fifth straight win on Friday when they open a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards.

Skeptical members of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned the soundness of Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction for a rambling response to a grand jury in 2003 and left open the possibility they may throw out the verdict.

Mike Aviles drove in the winning run in the 13th inning as the Cleveland Indians grabbed a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros to wrap up a four-game series.

A day after the Los Angeles Angels partied into the wee hours to celebrate their AL West title, a lineup composed of backups, Triple-A regulars, and a spot starter took on Felix Hernandez and the desperate Seattle Mariners.

The Houston Astros' offensive woes cost them in a long night against the Cleveland Indians.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - You can't predict ball.

ST. LOUIS-The St. Louis Cardinals got the call Matt Holliday deserved and eventually the run they needed.

Mark Reynolds thought he was stepping on the bag at first base for the final out of the eighth. That was just one of the many botched opportunities the Milwaukee Brewers could commiserate about.

Logan Morrison hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 3-1, in the finale of a four-game series.

When Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick is effective, his command is spot-on.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won a game started by Zack Greinke, which, on the surface, probably doesn't sound significant.

ANAHEIM, Calif.-You can't predict ball.

The also-ran Chicago Cubs learned a valuable lesson from the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Dodgers: Don't take anything for granted in a pennant race.

Logan Morrison felt no weight on his shoulders from the Seattle Mariners' two-game offensive drought and teetering playoff hopes when he stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game.

All it took was one pitch to Wilin Rosario for the Arizona Diamondbacks to go from winning to losing.

The Cleveland Indians relied on their pitching again, and their offense came alive just in time to beat the Houston Astros.

Tony Cruz singled in the game-winning run in the 13th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals dealt the Milwaukee Brewers' playoff hopes a painful blow with Thursday's 3-2 marathon victory.

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