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Locked in: Pirates snap Giants' win streak
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The Pirates skidded into PNC Park early Monday morning after a tough road trip through New York and Chicago. Having lost five straight and 17 of its last 22 games, Pittsburgh was in desperate need of the strong start delivered by left-hander Jeff Locke in the Bucs’ 1-0 win over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

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Kratz's key homer touched by an Angel
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Erik Kratz delivered the game-winning homer off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in the fifth inning Monday, a solo shot that barely cleared the left-field wall — and was very nearly taken away by Angel Pagan — and led the Pirates to a 1-0 win at PNC Park.

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Offense stymied in series finale vs. D-backs
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The D-backs hate to leave Citizens Bank Park, but they’ll have the opportunity to play the Phillies again next week at Chase Field.

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Upton Jr. remains a stolen-base threat
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At 31, Melvin Upton Jr.’s wheels could very well be slowing — but you’d never know it from the Padres outfielder’s stolen-base totals.

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Padres agree to deal with No. 71 overall Draft pick Lawson
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The Padres have signed lottery round B draft pick Reggie Lawson to a $1.9 million deal, according to MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis. Slot value for the No. 71 overall selection was $905,900.

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Strasburg scratched from start with back strain
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Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his start Monday night against the Dodgers with an upper back strain, the Nationals announced prior to the game. Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit got the start in his place.

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Petit steps up, delivers quality start for Nats
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It was supposed be the marquee matchup of the week between Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. But before the game, Strasburg was scratched because of an upper back strain and the Nationals gave the ball to right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, who delivered a quality outing in a 4-1 loss to […]

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Nats can't back Petit vs. LA, drop 3rd straight
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Kenley Jansen got the Dodgers’ all-time saves record with 162 as he closed out the team’s 4-1 win over the Nationals on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Clayton Kershaw was his usual self, holding the Nationals to one run in seven innings to pick up his 11th win.

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Mets may be considering Reyes reunion
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In a reversal of their previous stance, the Mets are at least considering a reunion with Jose Reyes, whom the Rockies designated for assignment last week. The Mets, who continue to look for an offensive spark as they battle injuries, believe Reyes could fill a super-sub role, with significant at-bats coming at third base.

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Marlins consider internal options for rotation
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The Marlins are in the market for starting pitching depth, and the organization is exploring possible trades. They’re also in the process of grooming and evaluating their internal options.

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Stanton ends homer drought with deep liner
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Giancarlo Stanton on Monday blasted a home run in the first inning, and he continues to show signs that he is breaking out of his prolonged slump. The three-time All-Star also attached his name to some MLB history on a night the Marlins fell 5-3 to the Rockies at Marlins Park.

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Fernandez looks to slow streaking Braves
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Winners of five in a row, the Braves will open a two-game series on Tuesday night against the Marlins, whose bid to rise to the top of the National League standings has been hampered by their 1-6 record against Atlanta.

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