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Cubs look to back Lackey, gain edge vs. Nats
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The Cubs will continue to miss some key players as they play the third game of a deadlocked four-game series against the Nationals at Nationals Park on Wednesday night, but others have stepped up in their absence, most notably Ian Happ.

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Cubs can't control Nats' running game in loss
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The Nationals exploited a Cubs weakness and ran wild on the basepaths Tuesday night, setting a Nats record, and tying the franchise mark, with seven stolen bases to add another dimension to their top-ranked offense. Washington’s running game combined with another strong performance from Max Scherzer led the Nats to a 6-1 victory in a […]

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Oh's stormy June continues in Arizona
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It’s been a rough June for Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh, as he blew a save in Tuesday’s 10-inning loss to the D-backs. Oh has a 5.40 ERA in June with two losses.

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Cards can't close out D-backs in opener
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Chris Herrmann knocked in the game-winning run with a single in the 10th inning as the D-backs rallied to top the Cardinals. David Peralta forced extra innings when he hit a home run in the ninth inning off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh. The Cardinals appeared in good shape after the seventh inning, as they […]

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Wainwright looks to slow D-backs
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Zack Godley, one of the highlights of Arizona’s strong first half, gets the nod on Wednesday against the Cardinals. St. Louis counters with veteran Adam Wainwright, who tossed a gem his last time out.

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Vogt set for first Brewers start
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Stephen Vogt’s change of scenery began with a series of handshakes in the visitor’s clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, as the new Brewers catcher got to work on learning a new pitching staff.

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Four home runs lift Reds to win over Brewers
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A power surge struck Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night, as the Reds and Brewers combined for seven home runs over the game’s first five innings. Cincinnati hit the last and most crucial, however — a Joey Votto two-run homer that scored the winning runs and helped the Reds grab an 8-6 victory and […]

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Votto making final #ASGWorthy push
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Joey Votto famously promised to buy Reds teammate Zack Cozart a pet donkey if he made the National League All-Star team this year. Leading all NL shortstops in Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting, Cozart is days away from making Votto pay up.

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Pirates activate reliever Bastardo from DL
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After exhausting all 30 days of his Minor League rehabilitation assignment, the Pirates reinstated left-hander Antonio Bastardo from the disabled list on Tuesday and put him back in their bullpen.

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Tough at home, Nova takes on Rays
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Blake Snell makes his return to the Rays in the second game of their three-game Interleague series against the Pirates on Wednesday night at PNC Park. He’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh right-hander Ivan Nova.

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Bucs come back in 9th, lose in 10th
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The Rays could not reward Alex Cobb’s outstanding effort Tuesday night, but they would not leave without a win. After closer Alex Colome blew a two-run lead in the ninth, Steven Souza Jr. singled and scored on an error by David Freese in the 10th inning as the Rays beat the Pirates, 4-2, at PNC […]

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Sloppy game out of character for Arrieta, Cubs
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The box score from Tuesday’s Cubs game is ugly. The feeling in the clubhouse was worse. Max Scherzer had as many hits as he allowed. Two Cubs errors led to two Nats runs. Washington stole seven bases against Jake Arrieta, who walked six in an abbreviated outing.

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