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Kemp returns to San Diego with Braves
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Matt Kemp has battled a sore left hamstring recently, but he will likely be in Atlanta’s lineup when the Braves and Padres begin a three-game series at Petco Park on Tuesday night. This will be Kemp’s first return to San Diego since the Braves acquired him in exchange for Hector Olivera on July 30, 2016.

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Kemp needs late push in NL OF vote
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Matt Kemp has a chance to be one of the National League’s starting outfielders at this year’s All-Star Game. But to realize this honor, the Braves outfielder will need a flurry of support during the final days of this year’s balloting process.

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Prospect Kingery gets promotion to Triple-A
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Scott Kingery is one step closer to the big leagues. The Phillies on Sunday promoted him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has been followed closely since he impressed onlookers with his splendid play in Spring Training and continued to put up monster numbers with Double-A Reading.

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Hellickson solid, but Phillies fall in extras
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Daniel Descalso’s two-out single to right field scored Paul Goldschmidt from second base as the D-backs walked off the Phillies, 2-1, in 11 innings Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

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Mets call on Gsellman in bounce-back effort
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Dan Straily looks to continue his dominance against the National League East this season as he takes on Robert Gsellman and the Mets at Marlins Park for the first of a three-game series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Confident Montero gives Mets rotation option
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Rafael Montero cruised in the Mets’ 8-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday, pitching 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to win his first game in three years.

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Straily looks to stay hot against NL East foes
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Dan Straily looks to continue his dominance against the National League East this season as he takes on Robert Gsellman and the Mets at Marlins Park for the first of a three-game series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Just a number: Ichiro oldest to start in CF
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With a rare start in center against the Cubs in Sunday’s 4-2 victory, Ichiro Suzuki made history. At 43 years and 246 days old, the Marlins outfielder became the oldest starting center fielder since 1900, per Elias Sports.

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Teheran's struggles at SunTrust Park persist
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As the Braves prepared to enter the next phase of their rebuild this season, they were encouraged enough by Julio Teheran’s 2016 rebound to believe he could anchor their new-look rotation as they moved into a new home.

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Pivetta draws Greinke in finale at Chase Field
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It will be youth (Phillies rookie Nick Pivetta) vs. experience (D-backs vet Zack Greinke) when Philly and Arizona square off for the final game of a four-game set on Monday afternoon.

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Phillies hoping Kendrick can avoid DL
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The Phillies badly need Howie Kendrick in the lineup, but he remains sidelined with tightness in his left hamstring.

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Gio starts to open up marquee series with Cubs
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Gio Gonzalez takes a personal four-game winning streak into Nationals Park on Monday as the Nats open a four-game series at home on Monday with the Cubs. Enjoying his best season since he was a 21-game winner in 2012, Gonzalez is 7-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 15 starts so far this season.

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