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Cards go quietly after Carp's leadoff homer
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A dominant six-inning performance by Gerrit Cole, assisted by six two-out runs, led the Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday night and their first series victory at Busch Stadium since July 2016. They entered the series having lost seven in a row in St. Louis.

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With Lynn in a rut, Cards stuck in neutral
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Sixteen days ago, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak stood at a podium and asserted that the next four to six weeks would not only determine his outlook for the rest of the season, but also shape his approach leading into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. A change in trajectory has not yet followed.

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Braun, Villar expected back during road trip
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If all goes well for Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar in their rehab games this weekend, Brewers manager Craig Counsell expects them to rejoin the club during its current road trip.

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Davies looks to remain perfect on road
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Brewers right-hander Zach Davies is perfect on the road this season and hopes to continue that trend when he gets the ball in Sunday’s series finale with the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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Garza's stuff recovers for quality outing
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While his teammates were trying to figure out R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park, Brewers right-hander Matt Garza did everything he could to keep Milwaukee in the game after Brandon Phillips’ two-run homer in the third broke a 1-1 tie.

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Reds offense quiet as Bailey scuffles in debut
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The Nationals’ top-ranked offense flexed their muscles during Saturday afternoon’s 18-3 rout over the Reds, showing off the depth and relentlessness of their lineup. Michael Taylor matched a career-high with four hits and a pair of homers; Trea Turner reached base in all six of his plate appearances, going 5-for-5 with walk; and Daniel Murphy […]

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Bailey struggles with command in first '17 start
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Homer Bailey hadn’t pitched for the Reds since Aug. 28, 2016, and his long-awaited 2017 debut on Saturday vs. the Nationals proved not only anticlimactic, but disappointing and disastrous.

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Fireballer Rivero locks down another late lead
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After John Jaso’s fly ball cleared the center-field fence Friday night, there was a sense of excitement and relief in the Pirates’ dugout. Felipe Rivero had just defused a jam in the eighth inning, and thanks to Jaso’s home run, he would have a lead in the ninth.

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2nd-rounder Abbott latest Cubs pick to sign
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The Cubs are wasting little time in signing their picks from the recently completed 2017 Major League Draft. After announcing the signing of their top pick, left-handed pitcher Brendon Little, on Thursday, they locked up second-rounder Cory Abbott on Friday.

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Out to build on 1st W, Montgomery faces Fish
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Edinson Volquez looks to continue his mastery over the Cubs as he takes the mound for Miami in the finale of a four-game series at Marlins Park on Sunday. The right-hander is 7-0 lifetime against the Cubs with a 3.06 ERA over 12 games, including 11 starts.

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Maddon rests Rizzo, talks keeping Cubs fresh
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How do you justify and when do you know it’s the right time to give one of the hottest hitters in baseball the day off? That’s a decision Cubs manager Joe Maddon said was not a difficult one at all when he made out Saturday’s lineup card sans Anthony Rizzo. The hot-hitting leadoff hitter got […]

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Cubs rally in Miami on Lester's milestone day
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Check the Marlins off the list for Jon Lester. The veteran left-hander, who hadn’t faced them much in his career, was winless against Miami until Saturday afternoon. Lester overcame a sluggish three-run first, regrouped and was dominant for the rest of his seven innings in the Cubs’ 5-3 win at Marlins Park.

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