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Padres score in first 8 frames in win over Reds
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As Cincinnati celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series-winning Reds, the Padres dealt the current edition of the club four homers -- including two by Melvin Upton Jr. -- and scored in nearly every inning en route to a 13-4 win on Friday …Share Tweet
Joyce Helps Pirates Snap Dodgers' 6-Game Win Streak, 8-6nytimes.com 21 minutes agoMatt Joyce homered and doubled among his three hits as Pittsburgh beat Los Angeles 8-6 on Friday night, ending the Dodgers' six-game winning streak and giving Pirates manager Clint Hurdle his 1,000th career victory.Share Tweet
Bucs outlast Dodgers in battle of bullpensMLB.com 42 minutes agoAsked to protect the Pirates' most productive offensive performance in nearly three weeks, the back end of the Bucs' bullpen delivered in an 8-6 win over the Dodgers on Friday night at PNC Park.Share Tweet
Adams scratched with lower back tightnessMLB.com 58 minutes agoMatt Adams was a game-time scratch by the Cardinals on Friday due to lower back tightness. He was replaced at first base by Jedd Gyorko, whose only previous start at that position came a week ago.Share TweetJavier Baez is doing everything he can to carve out a regular role on an incredibly deep Chicago Cubs roster. He went a long way toward accomplishing that during Friday's 5-4 win in Miami, diving into the stands to make arguably the best defensive play …Share Tweet
'Last Cubs Dynasty' revisits 1907-08 champsMLB.com 2 hours agoTiming can be everything. So the arrival of "The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty: Before the Curse" book is right on schedule.Share Tweet
LeBlanc tops flurry of roster moves by MarinersMLB.com 3 hours agoIt was a busy day of transactions for the Mariners, who added lefty Wade LeBlanc and gave him a start Friday against the Cardinals. Outfielder Nori Aoki was also optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.Share TweetRose: Reds' Hall of Fame induction 'ultimate thing'Share Tweet
Strasburg likely to return Sunday vs. BrewersMLB.com 4 hours agoNationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who was scratched from Monday's start against the Dodgers because of an upper back strain, had a light bullpen session Friday at Miller Park without any problems. Strasburg is confident that he can pitch against…Share Tweet
Pirates reinstate Nicasio to bullpen; Polanco sitsESPN.com 6 hours agoPirates reinstate Nicasio to bullpen; Polanco sitsShare Tweet
Five things we learned Thursday: Even the Titanic was vulnerableESPN.com 23 hours agoFive things we learned Thursday: Even the Titanic was vulnerableShare Tweet
Norris' 3-Run Homer Rallies Hot-Hitting Padres Over Reds 7-4nytimes.com Jun 23 (yesterday)It's been quite the month for Derek Norris and the Padres' offense.Share Tweet
Team effort has Giants rollingTo verify the Giants' excellence, which continued with Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Pirates, consult a list. Any list.Share TweetGiancarlo Stanton finally had reason to display some positive emotion. The slugger, who has slumped most of the season, broke out on Thursday night with a home run, but his greatest satisfaction was a two-out, full-count, RBI single to right field in th…Share TweetAnthony Rizzo sat out Thursday's 4-2 series-opening loss to the Marlins with tightness in his lower back that the Cubs first baseman said was different from the discomfort he experienced earlier this month.Share Tweet
Reds set to send Bailey on rehab assignmentReds right-hander Homer Bailey is ready to start another rehab assignment, with the hope that the sequel has a better outcome than the original.Share Tweet
Panik mode: 3B, Mac HR power win vs. BucsThe Giants strolled into PNC Park on Monday afternoon as the National League's hottest team. They left Pittsburgh's North Shore on Thursday afternoon with a 5-3 win over the Pirates, a four-game series victory and a trail of smoke still flowing behind t…Share TweetA makeshift lineup was more than enough for the San Francisco Giants.Share Tweet
Bucs, Cutch searching for solutions to slumpAndrew McCutchen's sluggish start at the plate has stretched for nearly half of the season, and the Pirates are still looking for solutions.Share Tweet
Pierogi Race Ends With Scott Steiner Slamming Contestantdeadspin.com Jun 23 (yesterday)Wednesday’s pierogi race at the Pittsburgh Pirates game featured one Slavic dumpling delivering a Stone Cold Stunner to another, and subsequently getting clotheslined by Scott Steiner.Read more...Share Tweet
Pipeline preview: Vlad Jr. to debut with dad in standsTop Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes starts for Triple-A Memphis against Colorado Springs at 7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.Share Tweetyahoo.com Jun 23 (yesterday)Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. After pulling off two …Share TweetBacked by a four-run fourth inning, Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed one run in six innings as the Rangers defeated the Reds, 6-4, to split the two-game series Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.Share Tweet
The Art Of Pitch-FramingMar 21Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy explains the finer points of pitch-framing
Miguel Montero Excited For New RotationMar 20Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is ready to work with the new rotation for the team and explains what needs to be worked on in spring training.
Epstein's 'Mission Impossible'Mar 8William Rhoden explains how Theo Epstein went from the Boston Red Sox's "boy wonder" to undertaking an impossible mission as the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
Lester Impressive In First Cubs OutingMar 6Jon Lester got his Cubs career underway with his first appearance on the mound in a spring training game.