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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.Upvote Share TweetCubs 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Baseball Roundup: With Dramatic Finish, Athletics Bail Out Their New Closernytimes.com Apr 9, 2014Jim 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.Upvote Share Tweet
McCutchen shuns Zoltan 'Z' for new team signAs 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."Upvote Share Tweet
Former starters thriving in Pirates' bullpenManager Clint Hurdle credits Pirates general manager Neal Huntington for prioritizing his bullpen.Upvote Share Tweet
Call overturned in Roenicke's first replay challengeAfter 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.Upvote Share TweetBilly 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.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Apr 9, 2014Beware 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…Upvote Share TweetReds 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Pirates show discipline, resilience in winAfter 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Once again, teammates go to bat for LynnYadier 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.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Apr 9, 2014Pedro 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Hamilton's Speed Guides Reds Past CardinalsApr 9Billy Hamilton's two steals and three hits helped the Reds to a 4-0 win over the Cardinals.
Hamilton Scores On Absurdly Shallow PopupApr 9Speedster Billy Hamilton scored from third base on Jay Bruce's shallow sac fly just into right field.
MLB Daily Download: WednesdayApr 9Prim Siripipat recaps Tuesday night's action from around the league, including a big night for Ryan Braun.
Rizzo On Cubs' WinApr 9Cubs 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.
Daily Dime: Westbrook puts spring in OKC's stepApr 9Thunder get the old crew back together, at last
Don Banks: Ranking the top quarterback draft classes of the last 10 yearsApr 9While Buffalo's EJ Manuel was the lone quarterback selected in the first round last year -- the NFL's lowest total since 2001 -- the top of this year's draft figures to be much more typically quarterback-centric, with as many as four and possibly five p…