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Cubs start Hendricks, aim to keep pedal down
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As the Cubs continue to enjoy a stretch of no batting practice and dialed back pregame activity for their American Legion week, it will be interesting to see how a rookie starter like Reds pitcher Luis Castillo is approached on Tuesday. Kyle Hendricks will start for Chicago.

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Votto foils shifty Cubs with remarkable double
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Maybe Cubs manager Joe Maddon thought he had the right amount of kryptonite to make Joey Votto look more mortal at the plate. During one of Votto’s plate appearances in the Reds’ 15-5 loss on Monday night at Wrigley Field, Maddon resorted to a recreation softball-type of alignment by using four outfielders to try and […]

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Rizzo leads Cubs' eruption in romp over Reds
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Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo smacked back-to-back home runs, reliever Mike Montgomery hit his first career double, driving in two runs, and Jon Jay missed hitting for a natural cycle by a home run to power the Cubs to a 15-5 victory Monday night over the Reds at Wrigley Field.

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Jay falls homer shy of hitting for natural cycle
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Before Jon Jay stepped into the batter’s box in the eighth inning against Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett, who was doing double duty as a relief pitcher, the Cubs’ outfielder got some encouragement from his teammates to complete the cycle. “Everyone kind of mentioned it — ‘Take a shot, take a shot,’” Jay said of […]

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Walker returns to familiar roots in NL Central
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The Brewers are banking on familiarity breeding success for newly acquired infielder Neil Walker after a Saturday night trade returned Walker to his roots in the National League Central.

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Four Brewers pitchers combine on Biloxi no-hitter
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No matter whom Double-A Biloxi sent out to the mound, Tennessee couldn’t manage to get a hit. The Shuckers used four pitchers — Hiram Burgos, Forrest Snow, Nick Ramirez and Jorge Lopez — in a seven-inning game to record the first no-hitter in franchise history.

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2 Pirates make Pipeline Team of the Week
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MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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Inbox: Who will step up during the stretch run?
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Today, we’re opening up the Pirates Inbox and answering your questions on the upcoming stretch, the future face of the franchise, Jose Osuna and more.

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Leake leads Redbirds into series at Fenway
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The Cardinals and Red Sox may not meet often, but they certainly share quite a storied history. When the Redbirds visit Boston for a two-game series that begins on Tuesday, they will be entering Fenway Park for the first time since they lost the 2013 World Series.

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Reds activate Stephenson with Brice on DL
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The Reds hoped to give Robert Stephenson a few more days on the disabled list to work on his mechanics through bullpen sessions before he was activated.

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Romano, Reds find positives in early struggles
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The Reds have lost each of the last four games Sal Romano has started and six of his eight starts in the Majors.

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Red-hot Suarez leads Reds vs. Cubs, Quintana
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Trying to maintain their spot atop the National League Central, the Cubs return home from a six-game West Coast road trip. They will get a chance to face a Reds team they’ve had overwhelming success against at Wrigley Field in recent history.

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