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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, 2014
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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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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