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Shin-Soo Choo leads Reds to 4th straight win

Shin-Soo Choo leads Reds to 4th straight win

ESPN.com 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

    Beltran's go-ahead HR in 8th propels Cardinals

    ESPN.com 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 …

    Yovani Gallardo gets a win and homers in first start since his DUI arrest

    yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com 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

    Another fine Villanueva outing leads to a Cubs win

    MLB.com 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

    Cubs tally rain-soaked win against Rangers

    ESPN.com 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

    Burgos to join rotation; Fiers sent out

    MLB.com 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

    Stanton back in Marlins lineup vs. Reds

    MLB.com 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

    Astros option Wallace to Minors, call up Laird

    MLB.com 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

    Brewers see Lohse leading by example

    MLB.com 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

    Judges announced for Honorary Bat Girl contest

    MLB.com 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

    Brewers' signing of K-Rod shows fear of bullpen options

    CNNSI.com 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

    Lalli's hit caps Brewers' walk-off victory

    MLB.com 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.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Must-See TV: 17 games that highlight 2013 schedule

    Apr 18
    There will always be differing opinions on what makes for must-see TV, but now that the 2013 NFL schedule is ours for the anticipating, here are the 17 games in the league's 17-week regular season that I can't wait to see.
  • NFL - These matchups highlight 2013 schedule

    Apr 18
    Both new and old rivalries dot an exciting 2013 NFL schedule, writes John Clayton.
  • Lawrence Frank fired by Detroit Pistons, sources

    Apr 18
    The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.
  • Pistons oust coach Frank after two seasons

    Apr 18
    The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.