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Phillies Shut Down Rookie Pitcher Jake Thompson
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After a horrendous final start, Phillies pitcher Jake Thompson will skip his last start of the year. Thompson threw more innings this year than any other in his career.Following the recent trend among MLB teams, the Phillies will shut down rookie right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson. He was schedule…

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Reds turn to Stephenson for first start against Cards
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Adam Wainwright has pitched numerous big games for the Cardinals, including in the postseason. On Tuesday, St. Louis will again need Wainwright’s contribution to help them in their playoff chase, when the right-hander squares off against Reds rookie Robert Stephenson at Busch Stadium.

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Duvall's career night at plate helps Reds romp
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On Monday night, when the Cardinals badly needed a win to help their postseason chances, the Reds’ offense instead cleaned up with a wood shampoo that consisted of 22 hits and three home runs.

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Reds' offense racks up 22 hits in rout of Cards
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Back at Busch Stadium with a chance to pull even with the Giants and inch closer to a sixth straight playoff berth, the Cardinals instead elicited boos from the typically affable home fans with one of their ugliest performances of the season. They looked little like a team ready for postseason play in a 15-2 […]

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Cutch on Cubs, competing, core-group strength
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The Pirates have dealt with a number of issues this year: a rash of injuries, a challenging schedule, a slew of disappointing performances. But their biggest problem, in the short and long term, just might be the Cubs.

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Vogelsong takes on Lackey, Cubs at PNC Park
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As the Cubs continue their “awkward” week heading toward the postseason, veteran John Lackey will make his final regular-season start on Tuesday, facing the Pirates and Ryan Vogelsong at PNC Park.

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Nats stung by homers in loss to D-backs
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Yasmany Tomas homered and drove in five runs and Jean Segura hit two of the D-backs’ five home runs in a 14-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Nationals Park.

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Nats brace for Ramos' MRI on injured knee
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With the Nationals already nursing Bryce Harper (thumb), Daniel Murphy (buttocks) and Stephen Strasburg (forearm) back to full strength as the postseason draws closer, they might also have to be prepared to play without catcher Wilson Ramos after he left in the sixth inning of Monday’s 14-4 loss to the D-backs.

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Wound still raw, Marlins try to remain focused
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The memorial for Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park will not vanish overnight. Nor will the pain. For manager Terry Collins’ Mets, however, Tuesday’s game represents another integral part of a postseason push. Noah Syndergaard, who missed his last start due to strep throat, will start opposite Tom Koehler.

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Tearful return: Emotional Marlins win
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Jose Fernandez’s presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone with a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park. Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold […]

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In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'
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The significance of the night outweighed the importance of one regular-season game, and that sentiment came to light at Marlins Park before the first pitch of Monday’s 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets was thrown.

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Cubs leaning toward 11 pitchers in postseason
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Among the discussions the Cubs have had regarding the postseason roster is whether to carry 11 or 12 pitchers. Manager Joe Maddon said they are leaning toward having 11 pitchers and 14 position players, which was the breakdown last year in the postseason.

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