CAPTION: June 14, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla (12) makes a diving throw to first base during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Guzman gets caught
The San Diego Padres' Jesus Guzman, left, looks back while being chased by Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley on a run-down in the sixth inning Thursday in Seattle. Guzman was tagged out on the play. The Padres beat the Mariners, 6-2.
Chicago White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza watches as St. Louis Cardinals fans reach for a two-run home run ball hit by the Cardinals' David Freese in the third inning Thursday in St. Louis. Freese also doubled and had three RBI as the Cardinals beat the White Sox, 5-3.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla makes a diving throw to first base during the third inning Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Phillies beat the Twins, 6-1.
Kansas City Royals teammates congratulate catcher Brayan Pena in the ninth inning Thursday after a 4-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Pena hit an RBI single to tie the score and when the relay throw went to second base instead of the plate, teammate Jarrod Dyson scored the winning run.
Royals' winning run!
Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson, right, slides safely into home as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado can't make the tag in the ninth inning Thursday at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 4-3.
Upton gets there
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton makes a catch in the ninth inning Thursday against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Diamondbacks beat the Rangers 11-3.
Arizona Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra steps on the plate after hitting a three-run home run in the sixth inning Thursday against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The welcoming committee is Ryan Roberts and Aaron Hill. The Diamondbacks beat the Rangers, 11-3.
Sweep in Baltimore
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones (10) and his teammates celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-6 on Thursday in Baltimore, completing a three-game sweep.
Take a seat-o, Zito!
Giants starter pitcher Barry Zito wears a towel (and a glum face) after five rocky innings versus the Astros on Thursday in San Francisco. Zito (5-4) took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits — including J.D. Martinez's grand slam after Zito walked the bases loaded in the third. Houston won, 6-3, as Zito lost two straight decisions for the first time this season.
Reds manager Dusty Baker congratulates second baseman Brandon Phillips in Cincinnati on Thursday after Cincy finished off a 12-5 victory over Cleveland — and its first three-game sweep of the Indians since 2008.
Flipping the switch
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve flips to shortstop to erase the Giants' Pablo Sandoval (48) on the front end of a 4-6-3 double play Thursday in San Francisco. A day after the Astros were victims of Matt Cain's perfect game, they managed eight hits in a 6-3 victory, highlighted by J.D. Martinez's third-inning grand slam off Barry Zito.
Out of his element
Maybe Cubs left-hander Travis Wood (left) should concentrate on pitching and not getting too fancy on those rare occasions he gets to run the bases. Here, Wood is tagged out by Tigers second baseman Ryan Raburn after trying to stretch a fifth-inning single into a double. In the pitching department, Wood fell to 0-3, as he gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings in Chicago's 5-3 loss.
Mets third baseman David Wright slides home safely in the third inning in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, helping New York complete a three-game sweep of the Rays with a 9-6 victory. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit two homers and drove in three runs, and Lucas Duda added three RBI to power the Mets' offense, which outscored Tampa Bay 29-9 in the sweep.
Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder applies a little body English on an RBI double in the first inning Thursday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Fielder's hit got the Tigers started on a 5-3 win.
This front-row fan knew he'd be close to the action in Cincinnati on Thursday, but probably had no idea he'd be quite this close, as Indians first baseman Carlos Santana lands in his lap diving for a fifth-inning foul. Santana couldn't catch the ball — or a break, either, as the Indians lost 12-5 for their third straight defeat.
Rockies pitcher Josh Outman delivers a pitch during the fourth inning Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics at Coors Field in Denver. The A's beat the Rockies, 10-8.
Out at the plate
Chicago Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger takes a throw from left fielder Alfonso Soriano before tagging out Detroit Tigers' Quintin Berry during the eighth inning Wednesday in Chicago. The Tigers beat the Cubs, 8-4.
St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (3) celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox in St. Louis. The home run was Beltran's 19th of the season — tops in the National League — and was the deciding factor in the Cards' 1-0 victory over the White Sox.
Minnesota Twins players watch in the ninth inning before the team lost 9-8 to the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Now that's a high-five
Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees celebrates with Robinson Cano during their game Wednesday against the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta. Granderson hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Yankees beat the Braves, 3-2, to move into the lead in the AL East.
Howell hangs his head
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher J.P. Howell sits in the dugout following the Rays' 9-1 loss to the New York Mets Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays only managed one hit the entire game.
David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox warms up prior to playing against the Marlins Wednesday in Miami. Big Papi hit his 15th home run of the season and had three RBI as the Red Sox beat the Marlins, 10-2.
Kings honored at Dodger Stadium
Members of the Los Angeles Kings and mascot Bailey pose with the Stanley Cup at Dodger Stadium before Dodgers hosted the Angels.
The sun sets over right field as the Oakland Athletics face the Colorado Rockies during interleague play Wednesday at Coors Field in Denver. The A's beat the Rockies, 10-8, in a typical Coors Field slugfest.
Running it out
Norichika Aoki of the Milwaukee Brewers runs to first as he grounds out against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Brewers won, 4-3. Aoki (.297) went 2-for-5.
Milwaukee Brewers catcher George Kottaras tags out Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler during the sixth inning Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Butler was trying to score from second base on a single by teammate Jeff Francoeur. The Royals beat the Brewers, 4-3.
After striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre walks back to the dugout as a storm clouds loom during the second inning Wednesday in Arlington, Texas.
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker forces out Baltimore Orioles' Steve Pearce at second base to end the second inning Wednesday in Baltimore. The Orioles went on to win, 7-1.
Playing the O's
Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez warms up before an at-bat in the second inning Wednesday against the Orioles in Baltimore. The third baseman (.191) went 0-for-4 and the Orioles won the game, 7-1.
Washington Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore handles a pick-off attempt as Toronto Blue Jays' Rajai Davis dives back to first base Wednesday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Nationals beat the Blue Jays 6-2.
Home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom dusts off home plate during Wednesday's game between the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Nationals beat the Blue Jays 6-2.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) bobbles after sliding for a slow roller hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (not pictured) in the first inning Wednesday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 1-0. Peavy (6-2) worked seven innings and gave up four hits with six strikeouts and two walks in the hard-luck loss.
Anyone's eyes open?
Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick despite fan interference in the sixth inning Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Reds won 5-3.
Wonder Twin powers activate
Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger and reliever Shawn Camp celebrate their 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Camp pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his first save of the season.
Houston first baseman Matt Downs blows a bubble with his gum as San Francisco's Melky Cabrera takes a short lead in the fifth inning at AT&T Park on Tuesday. Cabrera's teammate Madison Bumgarner struck out 12 as the Giants prevailed 6-3.
Catch me if you can
Angels catcher Hank Conger chases down the Dodgers' Adam Kennedy on a third strike in the second inning of the Freeway Series in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Congar actually had to throw to first base to record the out, but it was Kennedy's club which evened the series with a 5-2 win.
Just another infield single
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki digs down the baseline in the fourth inning against visiting San Diego on Tuesday. Ichiro finished 2-for-5 with a run, but his Mariners lost 5-4.
Colorado's Tyler Colvin, who led off the bottom of the first with a homer run, lays down a sacrifice bunt against Oakland in the sixth inning at Coors Field on Tuesday. Colvin (1-for-2 with the solo homer and two walks) and the Rockies dropped an 8-5 decision for a sixth consecutive loss.
Not in the Cards
Cardinals reliever Marc Rzepczynski sits on the bench after giving up two runs on three hits to the White Sox in 1/3 of an inning, in the eighth at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. Chicago won 6-1.
Who's got it?!?!
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (left) and second baseman Michael Martinez collide going for a shallow fly against the Twins in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Martinez caught the ball for the final out of the second inning, but Minnesota had already scored four runs in the frame en route to an 11-7 victory.
Where's the ball?
Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) can't come up with the throw from second baseman Chris Getz as Milwaukee's Ryan Braun slides into second in the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. Braun ended up at third on another throwing error on the same play, but was out at home trying to score on a fly out two batters later ... His Brewers also lost 2-1.
Wild Wild West
Texas' Ian Kinsler scores on a wild pitch against Arizona starting pitcher Ian Kennedy in the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday. Kinsler, who reached on a double, finished 3-for-5 as the Rangers rolled to a 9-1 triumph.
Reach the sky
The Mets' Jordany Valdespin reacts after his seventh-inning RBI double off Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Tuesday. Valdespin was 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs in the Mets' 11-2 rout.
Miami left fielder Chris Coghlan goes all out to catch a Boston line drive in the seventh inning on Tuesday. The defensive play was the third out, but the visiting Red Sox had already scored twice and went on to win 2-1.
Battle of Ohio
Cleveland starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez applies the tag on Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips during the third inning at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. The Reds Johnny Cueto pitched a complete-game, six-hitter as the home team took the first of the three-game set, 7-1.
Nick Swisher gets sprayed with water by the Yankees trainer after the right fielder hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning at Atlanta on Tuesday. Swisher and New York won 6-4.
Need a tailor?
Toronto's Brett Lawrie is going to need some work on his pants after they suffered this rip at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday night. The final result wasn't any better for the Blue Jays, who dropped a 4-2 decision to the Washington Nationals.
Baltimore designated hitter Chris Davis slides into third base safely on a one-run RBI single by Adam Jones in the third inning as Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez cannot apply the tag in time on Tuesday night. Davis also homered in the sixth as the Orioles beat the visiting Pirates 8-6.
Alex Rodriguez scores on a wild pitch as Atlanta pitcher Randall Delgado waits for the ball during the third inning of the Yankees' 3-0 win in Atlanta on Monday. A-Rod went 1-for-4 with a double and scored two of New York's three runs.
Up and over
Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons avoids the Yankees' Nick Swisher and turns a double play in the top of the seventh inning. Atlanta lost a second game in a row after stringing together six consecutive wins through Saturday.
The Angels' Mike Trout receives props for his fourth-inning homer at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. The rookie outfielder, who scored the winning run on an Albert Pujols single in the ninth, finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI in the Angels' 3-2 victory.
Dodgers second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. fires to first — over a sliding Mark Trumbo — to complete a double play in the opening inning. The Dodgers scored twice in the first, but were shut out the rest of the way in their one-run loss.
Handshakes all around
Washington skipper Davey Johnson (center) congratulates starting and winning pitcher Edwin Jackson (right) at the Rogers Centre on Monday. Jackson worked eight innings, yielding two runs on four hits and three walks, in the Nationals' 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Toronto left fielder Rajal Davis reacts after striking out in the fifth inning in the Blue Jays' three-run loss to the Nationals. Davis finished 0-for-3 and was one of Edwin Jackson's three strikeouts.
Good start ...
... but tough finish. Scott Podsednik steals second after leading off Boston's game at Miami with a single on Monday. However, Podsednik, who finished 3-for-4, didn't score in the inning and the Red Sox would go on to lose to the Marlins 4-1.
Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after being called out at first base on an eighth-inning ground out. The three-run defeat extended the Red Sox losing streak to four — they have lost seven of their last eight.