National League

Finnegan, 3 HRs lead Reds over Nats
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The Reds spent the night traveling home from Colorado and didn’t take batting practice on Friday afternoon. The Nationals were well-rested from an off-day on Thursday. But it was the Reds that perked to life for a 7-2 victory over Washington at Great American Ball Park in manager Dusty Baker’s return to Cincinnati.

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Coming off shutout, Locke to face Angels for first time
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Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke will be facing the Angels for the first time in his career in Saturday’s game at PNC Park, with Jhoulys Chacin making a last-minute start to oppose him.

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Respect is mutual in Dusty's return to Cincy
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Back at Great American Ball Park on Friday for the first time since he was dismissed as Reds manager following the 2013 season, Nationals manager Dusty Baker made sure he re-connected with his many friends and former co-workers.

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Colon returns to site of last complete game
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Bartolo Colon returns to the site of New York’s last complete-game shutout, a gem he twirled in a 7-0 win over Miami on Sept. 5, 2015, as the Mets and Marlins square off for the second of three games at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday at Marlins Park.

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Loney's 100th HR a memorable one for Mets
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The book on James Loney is straightforward, written over the course of years and, at this point, no longer open to much interpretation. A contact hitter but “not necessarily a big power guy,” was how Loney’s old Dodgers instructor and current Mets manager, Terry Collins, recently described him. Certainly not much of a threat against […]

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Dunn trying to shake off rust in key situations
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Pitching in high-leverage innings late in games is difficult enough for any reliever. Marlins lefty Mike Dunn is also dealing with having to shake off some rust after being on the disabled list until a few days ago.

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Nicolino seeks first win in a month vs. Mets
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Bartolo Colon returns to the site of New York’s last complete-game shutout, a gem he twirled in a 7-0 win over Miami on Sept. 5, 2015, as the Mets and Marlins square off for the second of three games at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday at Marlins Park.

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Samardzija renews acquaintances with Cards
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Cardinals starter Michael Wacha lost Game 5 of the 2014 National League Division Series when Travis Ishikawa hit a walk-off home run. He hasn’t fully cleansed himself of the loss with two no-decisions against San Francisco last season, but he’ll have another chance Saturday night at Busch Stadium when the Giants and Cardinals square off […]

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Dodgers mum on Urias' immediate future
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After struggling through his first two Major League appearances, whether Julio Urias makes a third start remains an ongoing discussion in the Dodgers’ front office.

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Cards think more work will sharpen Rosenthal
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Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal made his 19th appearance of the season Friday night in the ninth inning. He entered the game with St. Louis trailing by one run, well within striking distance of a possible rally in the bottom half of the inning. Instead, he allowed a season-high three runs and gave the Giants room […]

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Norris braces for showdown with Kershaw
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Clayton Kershaw will continue what has been a gaudy season on Saturday night as the Dodgers and Braves continue their series at Dodger Stadium. The last time the lefty faced Atlanta, he had a night that was below his lofty standards and it took extra innings for Los Angeles to get a win.

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Braves, Teheran stung by long ball in LA
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Corey Seager’s first-career three-homer game propelled the Dodgers to a 4-2 win over the Braves on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

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