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Shin-Soo Choo leads Reds to 4th straight win Updated Apr 18, 2013
Shin-Soo Choo singled, doubled and scored twice, helping left-hander Tony Cingrani get a victory in his first major league start, and the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth in a row, beating the Miami Marlins 11-1 on Thursday night.
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  • Beltran's go-ahead HR in 8th propels Cardinals Apr 18, 2013
    Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals escaped a ninth-inning jam for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
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  • Yovani Gallardo gets a win and homers in first start since his DUI arrest Apr 18, 2013
    If not for the early-morning alleged drunk driving arrest on Tuesday, maybe we'd be saying something different about Yovani Gallardo's performance against the San Francisco Giants. The Milwaukee Brewers ace notched his first win of the year Thursday, pi…
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  • Another fine Villanueva outing leads to a Cubs win Apr 18, 2013
    Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano became the first Cubs to hit back-to-back home runs this season and Carlos Villanueva turned in another fine outing for Chicago's rotation in a 6-2 win against the Rangers at soggy Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon.
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  • Cubs tally rain-soaked win against Rangers Apr 18, 2013
    Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run of the season, Anthony Rizzo also homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Thursday at a soggy Wrigley Field.
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  • Burgos to join rotation; Fiers sent out Apr 18, 2013
    The Brewers optioned Mike Fiers back to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday and will take a look at right-hander Hiram Burgos, the club's reigning Minor League pitcher of the year who will make his Major League debut with a Saturday start against the Cubs.
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  • Stanton back in Marlins lineup vs. Reds Apr 18, 2013
    All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who missed six games with a bruised left shoulder, returned to the Marlins' lineup on Thursday, going 1-for-3 with a walk in an 11-1 loss to the Reds.
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  • Astros option Wallace to Minors, call up Laird Apr 18, 2013
    The up-and-down career of infielder Brett Wallace has him headed back to the Minor Leagues. The Astros optioned Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City and called up infielder Brandon Laird.
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  • Brewers see Lohse leading by example Apr 18, 2013
    Brewers coaches hope the younger pitchers on their staff have been watching veteran newcomer Kyle Lohse pound the strike zone.
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  • Judges announced for Honorary Bat Girl contest Apr 18, 2013
    Alex Gordon of the Royals, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and CC Sabathia of the Yankees are among guest judges announced for the ongoing Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which encourages fans to share "Going to Bat Against Bre…
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  • Brewers' signing of K-Rod shows fear of bullpen options Apr 18, 2013
    What does the return of Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee mean? For one, it shows that the Brewers are worried about struggling reliever John Axford, writes Cliff Corcoran.
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  • Lalli's hit caps Brewers' walk-off victory Apr 18, 2013
    Kyle Lohse was denied his first Brewers victory after flirting with a no-hitter, but his teammates rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Giants, 4-3, at Miller Park on Wednesday.
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  • Video - Braves Improve To 7-0 On The Road 00:31

    Braves Improve To 7-0 On The Road

    Apr 18
    Braves move to 13-2 after Evan Gattis' pinch-hit home run.
  • Video - Soriano, Rizzo Homer In Cubs' Win 00:31

    Soriano, Rizzo Homer In Cubs' Win

    Apr 18
    Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run of the season and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run shot to lead the Cubs past the Rangers 6-2.
  • Video - Brewers Sweep Giants 00:31

    Brewers Sweep Giants

    Apr 18
    The Milwaukee Brewers hit three home runs off Matt Cain as the Brewers downed the Giants 7-2 to complete the three-game sweep.
  • Video - Beltran Lifts Cardinals Past Phillies 00:32

    Beltran Lifts Cardinals Past Phillies

    Apr 18
    Carlos Beltran's solo home run the difference in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Phillies.