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Freeland eyes 3rd strong start vs. Dodgers
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The Rockies saw no good fortune against Dodgers lefty Alex Wood last time they met — although it’s not like anyone has done much against him. But the Dodgers haven’t had much luck with Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland. To the possible chagrin of both clubs, Wood and Freeland will meet Friday night at Dodger Stadium […]

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Blackmon HRs, but D-backs strike Senzatela
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Zack Godley pitched like a veteran in his first career start at Coors Field as the D-backs took the rubber game, 10-3, from the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. After a Charlie Blackmon solo home run to lead off the first, Godley settled in to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard again until the eighth.

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Rox rookie pitchers wobble vs. D-backs
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The Rockies’ young starting rotation, which had been one of the team’s biggest bright spots nearly halfway through the season, hit a bump in the road against the D-backs.

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Top prospect Senzel promoted to Double-A
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Several promotions of Reds prospects were completed on Thursday, with the most notable being third baseman Nick Senzel moving up to Double-A Pensacola.

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Cervelli returns to 7-day concussion DL
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Eight days after rejoining the team, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was placed back on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Thursday with what head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk described as “post-concussive” and “post-viral” symptoms.

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Nola sharp, shows signs of return to form
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Aaron Nola turned in his sharpest start of the season Thursday, hitting his spots and helping the Phillies pick up a needed win.

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Solarte's injury creates huge hole in offense
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I wasn’t surprised that Wil Myers drew four straight walks Tuesday and Wednesday after Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres lineup with a left oblique strain that will send the infielder to the disabled list.

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Ozuna hits 20th, #ASGWorthy on tough night
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At the rate he’s going, Marcell Ozuna is likely to eclipse his season high for home runs before the All-Star break. Ozuna struck yet again on Thursday night, crushing a Jake Arrieta fastball over the wall in left field for his 20th homer of the season. It was an impressive drive, but not nearly enough […]

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Blach faces Mets for first time in opener
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Mets right-hander Seth Lugo has posted a 2.63 ERA in two starts since returning June 11 from a right elbow injury. He looks to continue his recent success against left-hander Ty Blach and the Giants in Friday’s series opener at AT&T Park.

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Giants hit 3 HRs, but Cain hit hard in Atlanta
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Courtesy of a few bloops and a couple blasts recorded at SunTrust Park on Thursday night, the Braves constructed an eight-run fifth inning that enabled them to overcome Jaime Garcia’s rough start and narrowly claim a 12-11 series-clinching win over the Giants.

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Posey delivers another #ASGWorthy effort
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Buster Posey indulges in some southern hospitality every time he comes home to play the Braves. The Leesburg, Ga., native continued his career success Thursday night as he belted his 10th home run in the Giants’ 12-11 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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Corbin eyeing more success vs. Phils in opener
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Playing for the second time in a week, the D-backs and Phillies start a four-game series on Friday night in Arizona. The D-backs earned a three-game sweep in Philadelphia last week, and they are starting a 10-game homestand at Chase Field, where they are 26-9 this season.

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