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Leake pitches Reds past Marlins
Mike Leake tossed seven shutout innings and the Cincinnati Reds blanked the Miami Marlins 5-0 in the opener of a three-game series.
Leake (4-4) allowed just two hits and three walks while fanning seven to remain unbeaten in four June starts. The right-hander had lost three straight starts to close out May.
Marlon Byrd (wrist) returned from the 15-day disabled list and delivered a solo home run in the fourth inning for Cincinnati, providing all the run support that Leake and two relievers would need. (Read More Here)
An update on the Jose Fernandez Guy and his project for Jose’s return:
Mat Latos on comments about Reds: Shouldn’t have made them
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Mat Latos was glad to be back in Cincinnati, even though he won’t take the mound during a weekend series against the team that traded him away in the offseason.
And he now regrets his harsh parting comments.
Latos isn’t scheduled to pitch during Miami’s series at Great American Ball Park, which kicked off Friday with the Marlins being shut out 5-0.
Latos’ house in Cincinnati is on the market, and he got to sleep there after the team arrived early Friday morning. (Read More Here)
Morse discusses rehab assignment with Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns are receiving some major league help for the final games of the season’s first half, as Miami Marlins first baseman Michael Morse has joined the club on a major league rehab assignment.
Morse has been on the disabled list since May 26 (retroactive to May 24) with a right ring finger sprain. Morse has played in 37 games so far in 2015, hitting .211 with two homers and 10 RBI for Miami.
In his first two games with the Suns in Chattanooga against the Lookouts, Morse is 0-for-8 with a walk and five strikeouts. (Read More Here)
Miami Marlins Series Preview: Home Run Derby Practice for Giancarlo Stanton in Cincinnati?
After sweeping the New York Yankees in two games in Miami, the Miami Marlins dropped both games back in New York, to even the Marlins-Yanks series at 2 a piece. The two-game slide dropped the Marlins to 10 games under .500, at 29-39.
Interestingly enough, the Miami Marlins 10-games below .500 record is directly reflected by their 12-22 record on the road this year. They are 17-17 at home.
The Marlins will continue their road trip and try to get back on track on the road, as they travel to Cincinnati, to take on the Reds. (Read More Here)
On Alex Rodriguez‘s 3,000th hit:
Steroids or no, A-Rod is worth celebrating as he nears 3,000 hits
Alex Rodriguez’s next hit will be the 3,000th of his career, making him the 29th player in major league history to accumulate that many and the first to do so since former teammate Derek Jeter reached the milestone four years ago. More than that, though, Rodriguez will also become one of just three players in MLB history to reach 600 home runs and 3,000 hits in his career, joining Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
Rodriguez has already reached several other notable career milestones this season. On May 7, he passed Mays’ landmark career home run total of 660 to move into fourth-place on the all-time home run list. On June 13, he became just the fourth major leaguer ever to drive in 2,000 runs (and, officially, just the second). Roughly a week prior to that, he entered the top 10 all-time in runs scored (though, again, MLB’s official record keeping had him there sooner). He also entered the top 10 all-time in total bases earlier this year and currently sits eighth on that list. With all those accomplishments, it would seem clear that Rodriguez, who will turn 40 next month, is capping off one of the greatest careers in the game’s history. That reality, however, is clouded by his extensive use of performance-enhancing drugs. (Read More Here)
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