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Leake, Reds unable to keep pace in NL Central

Leake, Reds unable to keep pace in NL Central

MLB.com ESPN.com Updated Sep 24, 2013
Bad nights are going to happen and they're never pleasant to endure. It happened for the Reds on Monday, and coming in the final week of the season with playoff scenarios still very much at stake, it was as welcome as gum on a shoe. Starting pitcher Mik…
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  • Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha loses no-hitter with two outs in…

    Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha loses no-hitter with two outs in ninth on agonizing infield single

    yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com Sep 24, 2013
    No, no, no! Instead of becoming the third pitcher in Major League Baseball to throw a no-hitter in 2013, rookie right-hander Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals became the third to lose a no-no with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night. Wacha…
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  • Braves walk off to maintain NL's best mark

    Braves walk off to maintain NL's best mark

    MLB.com Sep 24, 2013
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez would like to see more from his offense, which remained relatively quiet until Andrelton Simmons made all the necessary noise with a two-out, ninth-inning single that ended Tuesday night's much-needed 3-2 win over the Brewe…
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  • Reds unsure if Hamilton will be on playoff roster

    Reds unsure if Hamilton will be on playoff roster

    MLB.com Sep 24, 2013
    Billy Hamilton has been with the Reds for about three weeks, but it didn't take him long to become one of the most talked about players on the team. Along those lines, the prevailing question around Great American Ball Park remains: Will the lightning f…
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  • Abdominal strain a past, not current, issue for Latos

    Abdominal strain a past, not current, issue for Latos

    MLB.com ESPN.com Sep 24, 2013
    Mat Latos wanted to make something very clear in the Reds' clubhouse before Tuesday's game against the Mets. One day after it was reported that Latos has been battling an abdominal strain since late June, the 25-year-old right-hander was adamant that wa…
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  • A look back at the last Pirates team to make the playoffs

    A look back at the last Pirates team to make the playoffs

    The Pirates are headed to their first playoffs in 21 years, but what did their last playoff team look like?
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  • Ryan Braun’s image removed from cover of ‘Jewish Sports Stars’ …

    Ryan Braun’s image removed from cover of ‘Jewish Sports Stars’ book

    yahoo.com Sep 24, 2013
    Ryan Braun probably thought the worst was over regarding his part in the Biogenesis PED scandal. Braun has forfeited playing time with the Milwaukee Brewers, $3.4 million in salary, some good friends, business opportunities, minutes on his cell phone ca…
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  • Sveum: Winning not that far off for Cubs

    Sveum: Winning not that far off for Cubs

    MLB.com Sep 24, 2013
    The Cubs had to watch the Braves and Pirates secure postseason berths in back-to-back games, and Chicago manager Dale Sveum says he hopes the young players can learn from the experience.
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  • The day in baseball mash-ups: Robin Thicke meets the Braves and…

    The day in baseball mash-ups: Robin Thicke meets the Braves and ‘The Breakfast Club’ meets the Pirates

    yahoo.com Sep 24, 2013
    Comedian Aaron Chewning and singer/rapper Miles Austin (not the NFL dude) have given the Internet an Atlanta Braves version of Robin Thicke's hit single "Blurred Lines." They've flipped it into "Baselines" and even managed to score a…
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  • Cardinals 1B Craig will undergo foot X-rays

    Cardinals 1B Craig will undergo foot X-rays

    ESPN.com Sep 24, 2013
    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig is expected to undergo X-rays on Thursday when the team evaluates his injured left foot.
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  • Of course: Joey Votto draws five walks in five trips to the pla…

    Of course: Joey Votto draws five walks in five trips to the plate

    yahoo.com Sep 24, 2013
    Take your base, Votto. Only 33 times since 1916 has someone drawn five walks in five plate appearances in one game, and it figures that Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds became the most recent player to manage the feat. Votto walked five times (once int…
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  • Panicky Mets mess up pitchout, ball hits umpire on Billy Hamilt…

    Panicky Mets mess up pitchout, ball hits umpire on Billy Hamilton’s 13th straight steal

    yahoo.com Sep 24, 2013
    Cincinnati Reds rookie Billy Hamilton makes things happen. He makes things happen and he makes other teams nervous with his blazing speed. Hamilton makes other teams so jittery when he gets a lead from a base, he can even make the opposing pitcher hit t…
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  • Pirates and Reds clinch, Halladay and Machado hurt

    Pirates and Reds clinch, Halladay and Machado hurt

    The Pirates and Reds clinched playoff spots and won in thrilling fashion on an exciting Monday.
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  • Nats' playoff hopes dashed after loss to Cards

    Nats' playoff hopes dashed after loss to Cards

    MLB.com Sep 24, 2013
    During the Winter Meetings last year, after watching his team agree to terms with right-hander Dan Haren, Nationals manager Davey Johnson made a bold prediction: "World Series or bust." It looks like "bust" as the Nationals were edge…
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  • Cards eliminate Nats, magic number to four

    Cards eliminate Nats, magic number to four

    MLB.com Sep 24, 2013
    The Cardinals took another step toward the National League Central crown Monday. St. Louis opened their last homestand with a 4-3 win over the Nationals, dropping their magic number to clinch the division to four over the Pirates and the Reds. They can …
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  • Video - Braves Walk Off With Win 00:30

    Braves Walk Off With Win

    Sep 24
    Andrelton Simmons' single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Braves past the Brewers 3-2.
  • Video - Murphy, Mets Double Up Reds 00:32

    Murphy, Mets Double Up Reds

    Sep 24
    Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Reds.
  • Video - Wacha Ready To Contribute In Playoffs 01:15

    Wacha Ready To Contribute In Playoffs

    Sep 24
    Baseball Tonight breaks down Michael Wacha's near no-hitter on Tuesday and what it means for the Cardinals in the playoffs.
  • Video - Wacha One Out Shy Of No-No 01:04

    Wacha One Out Shy Of No-No

    Sep 24
    Highlight Of The Night: With Ryan Zimmerman running out a single, Michael Wacha fell one out shy of throwing a no-hitter in the Cardinals' 2-0 win over the Nationals.

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