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Cubs thump D-backs, back atop Central alone
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Jake Arrieta pitched six quality innings and Javier Baez smacked a three-run homer as the Cubs captured the series with the D-backs and moved a game ahead of the second-place Cardinals with a 7-2 win Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

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Arrieta cites mechanics for 2nd-half success
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The key moment on Sunday, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta said, was in the fifth inning. Rookie catcher Victor Caratini had given Arrieta a heads-up before it began, even though the right-hander was facing the D-backs’ 7-8-9 hitters. It didn’t help that Arrieta walked both Ketel Marte and Gregor Blanco to start the inning.

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With Contreras out, Bryant getting 'locked in'
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How will the Cubs deal without hot-hitting Willson Contreras in the lineup? Lately, they’ve turned to Kris Bryant.

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Gyorko targeting opener in Boston for return
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After being scratched prior to Saturday’s game against the Braves, Jedd Gyorko sat out once again for the series finale on Sunday. Gyorko is dealing with irritation in his right knee, but the Cardinals are hopeful that he will be able to return for Tuesday’s series opener against the Red Sox after the team’s off-day […]

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Cards 1 game behind Cubs after streak ends
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The Braves put an end to their five-game skid and the Cardinals’ eight-game winning streak on Sunday, as R.A. Dickey silenced a St. Louis offense that had scored at least six runs in its last seven games to take a 6-3 victory at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals staged a comeback attempt in the eighth, loading […]

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Walker faces Bucs at Miller Park in opener
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Travis Shaw will hope to face his favorite opposing pitcher, while the Brewers’ newest acquisition, Neil Walker, will face the team that drafted him.

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Santana's HR on Domingo seals series win
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Was it the meeting that got the Brewers’ bats going? Or three games against the pitching-challenged Reds?

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Shaw's absence gives Walker Brewers debut
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With Travis Shaw banged up, the Brewers’ newest infielder showed up just in time Sunday.

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McCutchen returns to Pirates' lineup as DH
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Andrew McCutchen returned to the Pirates lineup on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Gregory Polanco did not.

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Lone run in first all Bucs manage behind Kuhl
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J.A. Happ turned his career around with the Pirates, putting together a dominant second half in 2015 that led to his current three-year deal with the Blue Jays. On Sunday afternoon, he turned the tables and shut down the Bucs for six innings. The Jays gave Happ all the run support he needed in the […]

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Grichuk's new approach paying dividends
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Randal Grichuk has earned his starting role in the Cardinals’ outfield thanks to lessons he learned during a demotion to the Minors as well as a new mindset as he approaches his at-bats.

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Reds frustrated by reviews in loss to Crew
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They were two odd plays that were almost identical, and two replay reviews that both went against the Reds on Saturday. Add it up and there was one aggravated visitors’ dugout.

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