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Mets get Scherzer back on mound vs. Reds

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The future meets the present when a pair of starting pitchers return from injury Tuesday night as the visiting New York Mets meet the Cincinnati Reds in the middle game of their three-game series.

Cincinnati rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo (1-2, 5.52 ERA) is expected to come off the 60-day injured list to make his fourth career start -- all this season -- and his first since April 24. Lodolo landed on the IL on April 28, assigned first to the 10-day IL with a lower right back strain before being transferred to the 60-day IL on June 21.

Lodolo has been touted as one-third of Cincinnati's talented rookie pitcher crop, along with Hunter Greene and Graham Ashcraft.

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Yankees' Taillon makes Pittsburgh return

The Pittsburgh Pirates will not only get to host the top team in baseball, but they also will get to see an old friend or two when the New York Yankees visit for games Tuesday and Wednesday.

Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon (9-1, 3.32 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday opposite Pittsburgh left-hander Jose Quintana (1-4, 3.43 ERA). In addition, the Pirates could see New York closer Clay Holmes (4-0, 0.49 ERA, 15 saves).

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Alcantara aims to push Marlins' run to 6

After being named National League Pitcher of the Month in June, Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara looks to stay hot in his first start in July.

The hard-throwing right-hander leads the majors in innings (115 1/3) and he's third overall in ERA (1.95). Appearing to be a lock to be an All-Star for the second time, Alcantara also should receive consideration to start in the Midsummer Classic.

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Twins top ChiSox in 10 in somber Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) Luis Arraez had three hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in Minnesota's four-run 10th inning, and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Monday night.

Arraez's leadoff grounder against Joe Kelly (0-2) drove in pinch-runner Gilberto Celestino. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly, and Alex Kirilloff made it 6-2 with a two-run single.

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BoSox 2-hit Rays, extend run on July 4th

BOSTON (AP) Trevor Story hit a solo homer, Kutter Crawford pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-hit relief and the Boston Red Sox won their eighth straight Fourth of July game, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Monday.

Franchy Cordero added an RBI single for the Red Sox, who won their second straight game and improved to just 9-16 against AL East rivals.

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Bumgarner, D-backs extend Giants' skid

PHOENIX (AP) Madison Bumgarner posted a win against his former team and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat San Francisco 8-3 Monday, handing the Giants their fifth straight loss.

"I was excited to pitch on the Fourth of July, it's a special day for me," Bumgarner said.

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Swanson has 3 RBIs, Braves outlast Cards

ATLANTA (AP) At the midpoint of the season, manager Brian Snitker says the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves have made an impressive recovery from a slow start.

Perhaps the most impressive resurgence belongs to Dansby Swanson.

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Alvarez's 9th-inning HR lifts Astros

HOUSTON (AP) After falling behind early on, Houston chipped away at Kansas City's lead before one mighty swing by Yordan Alvarez completed the Astros' biggest comeback win of the season.

Alvarez homered with two outs in the ninth inning, and Houston beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Monday for its seventh straight victory.

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Caratini helps Brewers top Cubs in 10th

MILWAUKEE (AP) With one swing of the bat, Victor Caratini turned a forgettable performance into one of the most memorable moments of his career.

After striking out in each of his first four plate appearances, Caratini hit a three-run homer off Scott Effross with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

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