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Hammel Strong Again, Cubs Beat Pirates 7-5

Hammel Strong Again, Cubs Beat Pirates 7-5

nytimes.com MLB.com Updated Apr 9
Anthony Rizzo congratulated Jason Hammel for his first National League win after the Chicago Cubs topped the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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  • Gomez and Brewers Beat Phillies 9-4

    Gomez and Brewers Beat Phillies 9-4

    Ryan Braun hit a two-run triple during a four-run eighth inning rally to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to their fifth straight win, 9-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
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  • Call at first overturned after Renteria challenge

    Call at first overturned after Renteria challenge

    MLB.com Apr 9
    Cubs manager Rick Renteria took advantage of expanded instant replay to challenge a call at first base in the sixth inning on Wednesday, and it was overturned to give Chicago its seventh run of the game against Pittsburgh.
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  • Baseball Roundup: With Dramatic Finish, Athletics Bail Out Thei…

    Baseball Roundup: With Dramatic Finish, Athletics Bail Out Their New Closer

    nytimes.com Apr 9
    Jim Johnson blew another save, but Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Athletics a victory over the Twins.
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  • McCutchen shuns Zoltan 'Z' for new team sign

    McCutchen shuns Zoltan 'Z' for new team sign

    MLB.com Apr 9
    As the Pirates' new team-building gimmick spearheaded by Andrew McCutchen, when a player gets a key base hit to drive in a run, he pulls into his base, makes like Wyatt Earp and thrusts both hands down as if holstering his "super soakers."
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  • Former starters thriving in Pirates' bullpen

    Former starters thriving in Pirates' bullpen

    MLB.com Apr 9
    Manager Clint Hurdle credits Pirates general manager Neal Huntington for prioritizing his bullpen.
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  • Call overturned in Roenicke's first replay challenge

    Call overturned in Roenicke's first replay challenge

    MLB.com Apr 9
    After taking an "oh-fer" in Spring Training, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was successful in his first-ever regular-season replay challenge during Wednesday's game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
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  • Hamilton has 2 steals, 3 hits as Reds win

    Hamilton has 2 steals, 3 hits as Reds win

    Billy Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals, and scored easily after tagging up on a shallow outfield pop fly to support a strong outing from Mike Leake in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
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  • Speed demons — Billy Hamilton, Billy Burns score unlikely runs …

    Speed demons — Billy Hamilton, Billy Burns score unlikely runs on sac flies (Videos)

    yahoo.com Apr 9
    Beware of baseball players named Billy, apparently. They're astounding quick. Well, except Billy Butler. Billy Hamilton, the Cincinnati Reds speedster, has wowed us before, but what he did Wednesday is a different kind of awesome. We've seen Hamilton sw…
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  • Reds playing it safe with rehabbing Latos

    Reds playing it safe with rehabbing Latos

    MLB.com Apr 9
    Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos, who had a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville scratched on Tuesday because of right elbow inflammation, has been told to rest his arm before he resumes pitching.
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  • Pirates show discipline, resilience in win

    Pirates show discipline, resilience in win

    MLB.com Apr 9
    After their early four-run lead was erased, the Bucs held on, and Russell Martin drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly as the Pirates edged the Cubs, 7-6, at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.
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  • Once again, teammates go to bat for Lynn

    Once again, teammates go to bat for Lynn

    MLB.com Apr 9
    Yadier Molina homered and Matt Holliday smacked a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth, moving the well-supported Lance Lynn to 2-0 on the season after a 7-5 win over the Reds on Tuesday night.
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  • Pirates rally to overcome Castro HRs, Cubs

    Pirates rally to overcome Castro HRs, Cubs

    ESPN.com Apr 9
    Pedro Alvarez had two hits and two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame two home runs by Starlin Castro to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-6 on Tuesday night.
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  • Video - Hamilton's Speed Guides Reds Past Cardinals 00:57

    Hamilton's Speed Guides Reds Past Cardinals

    Apr 9
    Billy Hamilton's two steals and three hits helped the Reds to a 4-0 win over the Cardinals.
  • Video - Hamilton Scores On Absurdly Shallow Popup 00:18

    Hamilton Scores On Absurdly Shallow Popup

    Apr 9
    Speedster Billy Hamilton scored from third base on Jay Bruce's shallow sac fly just into right field.
  • Video - MLB Daily Download: Wednesday 05:34

    MLB Daily Download: Wednesday

    Apr 9
    Prim Siripipat recaps Tuesday night's action from around the league, including a big night for Ryan Braun.
  • Video - Rizzo On Cubs' Win 01:42

    Rizzo On Cubs' Win

    Apr 9
    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo discusses his four hit game and Cubs win aling with not realizing Jason Hammel had won a game last week in Pittsburgh for the Cubs.

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    Apr 9
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