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Burnett-led Pirates sink Reds, take WC lead

Burnett-led Pirates sink Reds, take WC lead

ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com Updated Sep 21, 2013
A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven strong innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Saturday night.
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  • Cards on brink of playoff spot after routing Crew

    Cards on brink of playoff spot after routing Crew

    MLB.com Sep 21, 2013
    Behind another blast from Matt Adams, a strong start from the suddenly rejuvenated Lance Lynn and a flurry of late offensive support, the Cardinals inched closer to locking down their invitation to October.
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  • Burnett sets stage, Grilli closes curtain on Reds

    Burnett sets stage, Grilli closes curtain on Reds

    MLB.com Sep 21, 2013
    The Bucs squared their series with the Reds on Saturday night, following Friday's nightmarish 10-inning loss with a 4-2 win that featured an opportunistic offense and the tenacious pitching of A.J. Burnett and Jason Grilli, from start to close.
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  • Mujica out as closer; Cards go with committee

    Mujica out as closer; Cards go with committee

    MLB.com Sep 21, 2013
    After attempting to let Edward Mujica right himself while continuing to pitch as the team's closer, the Cardinals will, at least temporarily, unplug Mujica from the ninth inning and fill the void with a committee of candidates.
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  • Cubs rally in 8th to keep Braves on brink

    Cubs rally in 8th to keep Braves on brink

    ESPN.com MLB.com Sep 21, 2013
    Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta 3-1 Saturday to keep the Braves on the brink of the NL East championship.
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  • With bullpen slip, clinch eludes Braves' grip

    With bullpen slip, clinch eludes Braves' grip

    MLB.com Sep 21, 2013
    The Braves received the stellar start they needed from Kris Medlen. But their once-rock-solid bullpen forced them to wait a little longer to celebrate clinching the National League East in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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  • Cubs' Gregg won't face discipline from team

    Cubs' Gregg won't face discipline from team

    ESPN.com MLB.com Sep 21, 2013
    Cubs closer Kevin Gregg was told Friday night by president of baseball operations Theo Epstein his status would remain the same and he would not be released despite the reliever's outspoken public criticism of the team.
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  • The Juice: Reds complete unlikely comeback win over Pirates on …

    The Juice: Reds complete unlikely comeback win over Pirates on Joey Votto’s homer

    yahoo.com Sep 21, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. Less than two weeks to go in season No. 6 of the Juice! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. Don't look now but the Cincinnati Reds have pulled even wit…
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  • Video - Cubs Top Braves 00:31

    Cubs Top Braves

    Sep 21
    The Cubs scored three runs in the eighth en route to a 3-1 win over the Braves.
  • Video - Pirates Reclaim Top Wild-Card Spot 02:11

    Pirates Reclaim Top Wild-Card Spot

    Sep 21
    Baseball Tonight Spotlight: A.J. Burnett struck out 12 batters over seven innings to lead the Pirates past the Reds 4-2.
  • Video - Cardinals Club Brewers 00:32

    Cardinals Club Brewers

    Sep 21
    Lance Lynn pitched 6 1/3 strong innings to lead the Cardinals past the Brewers 7-2.
  • Video - Pirates Retake Top Wild-Card Spot 00:30

    Pirates Retake Top Wild-Card Spot

    Sep 21
    A.J. Burnett struck out 12 batters over seven innings to lead the Pirates past the Reds 4-2.