National League

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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Padres go for third series sweep Sunday
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The Padres haven’t totally turned the corner. They are not yet challengers in the National League West. But they are playing better.

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Padres' Dickerson opts for back surgery
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San Diego outfielder Alex Dickerson has elected to undergo a season-ending microdiscectomy, a surgery to remove bulging disc material in his lower back. After initially suffering the injury during Spring Training, Dickerson said expects to be fully recovered by December and ready to go for Spring Training in 2018.

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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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Giants fan Stow 'looks great' in visit to ballpark
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Giants fan Bryan Stow, who suffered traumatic brain injuries following an attack in Dodger Stadium’s parking lot on Opening Day 2011, enjoyed behind-the-scenes access for Sunday’s series finale against the Mets.

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Samardzija to square off with Rox's Marquez
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Well-rested Rockies rookie right-hander German Marquez will face the Giants and righty Jeff Samardzija on Monday to open a three-game set at AT&T Park. Colorado will be looking to snap its season-high five-game losing streak.

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LA's 10 streak: 5 wild runs, 2 Cody HRs, Kenley 2B
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The Dodgers trailed by five runs in the third, but they got two home runs from Cody Bellinger and scored five runs on four Adam Ottavino wild pitches in the seventh and eighth innings to stun the Rockies, 12-6, for their season-high 10th straight victory on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

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Hendricks pain-free in first throwing session
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Right-hander Kyle Hendricks threw for the first time on Saturday, and the Cubs are moving forward in his return to the club. Despite the positive session, it looks like it won’t happen before the All-Star break.

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