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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.Share Tweet
Beltran's go-ahead HR in 8th propels CardinalsESPN.com Apr 18, 2013Carlos 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.Share TweetIf 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…Share TweetAnthony 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.Share Tweet
Cubs tally rain-soaked win against RangersESPN.com Apr 18, 2013Alfonso 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.Share Tweet
Burgos to join rotation; Fiers sent outThe 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.Share Tweet
Stanton back in Marlins lineup vs. RedsAll-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.Share TweetThe 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.Share Tweet
Brewers see Lohse leading by exampleBrewers coaches hope the younger pitchers on their staff have been watching veteran newcomer Kyle Lohse pound the strike zone.Share Tweet
Judges announced for Honorary Bat Girl contestAlex 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…Share TweetCNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013What 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.Share Tweet
Lalli's hit caps Brewers' walk-off victoryKyle 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.Share Tweet
Braves Improve To 7-0 On The RoadApr 18Braves move to 13-2 after Evan Gattis' pinch-hit home run.
Soriano, Rizzo Homer In Cubs' WinApr 18Alfonso 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.
Brewers Sweep GiantsApr 18The Milwaukee Brewers hit three home runs off Matt Cain as the Brewers downed the Giants 7-2 to complete the three-game sweep.
Beltran Lifts Cardinals Past PhilliesApr 18Carlos Beltran's solo home run the difference in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Phillies.
Don Banks: Must-See TV: 17 games that highlight 2013 scheduleApr 18There 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 scheduleApr 18Both new and old rivalries dot an exciting 2013 NFL schedule, writes John Clayton.
Lawrence Frank fired by Detroit Pistons, sourcesApr 18The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.
Pistons oust coach Frank after two seasonsApr 18The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.