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Finnegan reinstated; Reds option Bonilla
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The Reds reinstated pitcher Brandon Finnegan to start Monday’s game against the Cardinals, and they optioned right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville. Right-hander Bronson Arroyo (right shoulder) has also been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

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Adleman eyes return to win column in opener
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The Brewers visit the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday for a three-game clash between the National League Central rivals.

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Arroyo 'probably not' going to pitch again
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The Reds transferring injured pitcher Bronson Arroyo to the 60-day disabled list on Monday was hardly a surprise. Arroyo, who was shut down after his June 18 start vs. the Dodgers because of shoulder soreness, wasn’t holding out much hope to pitch again this season — or ever again.

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You can Javy it all! Cubs dazzle on D, get W
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Cubs shortstop Javier Baez showed off his defensive prowess to rob Bryce Harper of a hit to end the third inning, and he added another remarkable running catch in the eighth as Chicago claimed the opener of a four-game series with the Nationals on Monday night, 5-4.

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Cubs withstand Nats' late rally to win opener
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Even though the Cubs have hovered around .500 this season, the Nationals are treating this four-game series as a measuring stick against the defending World Series champions. And this scene at Nationals Park is serving as a potential postseason preview, with the National League East winner currently on track to match up with the winner […]

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Arrieta starts in Cy Young clash vs. Scherzer
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The past two National League Cy Young Award winners will go head to head when Max Scherzer leads the Nationals against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs at Nationals Park on Tuesday night in the MLB Network Showcase game. It’s the second game of the four-game series, which could be a postseason preview.

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Reds can't contain Cardinals' bats in loss
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His hold on a rotation spot loosening with each subsequent start, Michael Wacha regained that grip on Monday by notching his second quality start in his past seven tries. Supported by an abundance of offense, Wacha covered the first six innings in the Cardinals’ 8-2 rout of the Reds, who stopped by Busch Stadium for […]

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That's a first: Contreras starts game with HR
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Willson Contreras couldn’t remember ever leading off a game in his baseball life. He won’t forget his debut at the top of the Cubs’ order on Monday. Contreras, inserted into the No. 1 spot against Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez, launched a 3-1 pitch to left for a leadoff home run, the fifth this season by […]

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Inbox: Will Cards try to extend Lynn, Oh?
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While the on-field play hasn’t been up to the organization’s expectations, this year’s Cardinals team hasn’t been short on intrigue. That has kept my Inbox full of readers’ questions.

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Inbox: Which Brewers will earn All-Star nods?
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Who will represent the Brewers at the Midsummer Classic? Will Josh Hader join the rotation in 2016 or ’17? Beat reporter Adam McCalvy answers fans’ questions in the latest Inbox.

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Brinson narrowly misses cycle for Sky Sox
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After hitting .097 in 14 games with the Brewers, Lewis Brinson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and immediately got back on track. The No. 13 overall prospect was a perfect 4-for-4 and nearly hit for the cycle as Colorado Springs topped Omaha 14-3 on Monday night.

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Inbox: Will Bucs buy or sell at Deadline?
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Will the Pirates be buyers or sellers at the Trade Deadline? Beat reporter Adam Berry answers that question and more from Pirates fans in the latest Inbox.

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