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Padres score in first 8 frames in win over Reds

Padres score in first 8 frames in win over Reds

MLB.com Updated 34 minutes ago
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 …
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  • Joyce Helps Pirates Snap Dodgers' 6-Game Win Streak, 8-6

    Joyce Helps Pirates Snap Dodgers' 6-Game Win Streak, 8-6

    nytimes.com 21 minutes ago
    Matt 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.
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  • Bucs outlast Dodgers in battle of bullpens

    Bucs outlast Dodgers in battle of bullpens

    MLB.com 42 minutes ago
    Asked 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.
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  • Adams scratched with lower back tightness

    Adams scratched with lower back tightness

    MLB.com 58 minutes ago
    Matt 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.
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  • Holy cow! Javier Baez dives into stands to make crazy catch

    Holy cow! Javier Baez dives into stands to make crazy catch

    yahoo.com ESPN.com 1 hour ago
    Javier 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 …
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  • 'Last Cubs Dynasty' revisits 1907-08 champs

    'Last Cubs Dynasty' revisits 1907-08 champs

    MLB.com 2 hours ago
    Timing can be everything. So the arrival of "The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty: Before the Curse" book is right on schedule.
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  • LeBlanc tops flurry of roster moves by Mariners

    LeBlanc tops flurry of roster moves by Mariners

    MLB.com 3 hours ago
    It 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.
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  • Rose: Reds' Hall of Fame induction 'ultimate thing&ap…

    Rose: Reds' Hall of Fame induction 'ultimate thing'

    ESPN.com nytimes.com 3 hours ago
    Rose: Reds' Hall of Fame induction 'ultimate thing'
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  • Strasburg likely to return Sunday vs. Brewers

    Strasburg likely to return Sunday vs. Brewers

    MLB.com 4 hours ago
    Nationals 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…
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  • Pirates reinstate Nicasio to bullpen; Polanco sits

    Pirates reinstate Nicasio to bullpen; Polanco sits

    ESPN.com 6 hours ago
    Pirates reinstate Nicasio to bullpen; Polanco sits
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  • Five things we learned Thursday: Even the Titanic was vulnerabl…

    Five things we learned Thursday: Even the Titanic was vulnerable

    ESPN.com 23 hours ago
    Five things we learned Thursday: Even the Titanic was vulnerable
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  • Norris' 3-Run Homer Rallies Hot-Hitting Padres Over Reds 7-4

    Norris' 3-Run Homer Rallies Hot-Hitting Padres Over Reds 7-4

    nytimes.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    It's been quite the month for Derek Norris and the Padres' offense.
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  • Team effort has Giants rolling

    Team effort has Giants rolling

    MLB.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    To verify the Giants' excellence, which continued with Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Pirates, consult a list. Any list.
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  • Stanton & deliver: Fish elude skidding Cubs

    Stanton & deliver: Fish elude skidding Cubs

    MLB.com nytimes.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    Giancarlo 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…
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  • Rizzo day to day with lower back tightness

    Rizzo day to day with lower back tightness

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    Anthony 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.
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  • Reds set to send Bailey on rehab assignment

    Reds set to send Bailey on rehab assignment

    MLB.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    Reds right-hander Homer Bailey is ready to start another rehab assignment, with the hope that the sequel has a better outcome than the original.
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  • Panik mode: 3B, Mac HR power win vs. Bucs

    Panik mode: 3B, Mac HR power win vs. Bucs

    MLB.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    The 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…
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  • Panik, Giants Beat Pirates for 12th Win 14 Games

    Panik, Giants Beat Pirates for 12th Win 14 Games

    nytimes.com MLB.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    A makeshift lineup was more than enough for the San Francisco Giants.
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  • Bucs, Cutch searching for solutions to slump

    Bucs, Cutch searching for solutions to slump

    MLB.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    Andrew McCutchen's sluggish start at the plate has stretched for nearly half of the season, and the Pirates are still looking for solutions.
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  • Pierogi Race Ends With Scott Steiner Slamming Contestant

    Pierogi Race Ends With Scott Steiner Slamming Contestant

    deadspin.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...
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  • Pipeline preview: Vlad Jr. to debut with dad in stands

    Pipeline preview: Vlad Jr. to debut with dad in stands

    MLB.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    Top Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes starts for Triple-A Memphis against Colorado Springs at 7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.
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  • The Walk Off: Cardinals complete rare series sweep at Wrigley F…

    The Walk Off: Cardinals complete rare series sweep at Wrigley Field

    yahoo.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 …
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  • Hamels continues dominance of Reds

    Hamels continues dominance of Reds

    MLB.com nytimes.com Jun 23 (yesterday)
    Backed 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.
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  • Video - The Art Of Pitch-Framing 02:24

    The Art Of Pitch-Framing

    Mar 21
    Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy explains the finer points of pitch-framing
  • Video - Miguel Montero Excited For New Rotation 02:26

    Miguel Montero Excited For New Rotation

    Mar 20
    Cubs 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.
  • Video - Epstein's 'Mission Impossible' 00:54

    Epstein's 'Mission Impossible'

    Mar 8
    William 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.
  • Video - Lester Impressive In First Cubs Outing 01:42

    Lester Impressive In First Cubs Outing

    Mar 6
    Jon Lester got his Cubs career underway with his first appearance on the mound in a spring training game.