Pirates aim for back-to-back wins over Reds

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David Bednar has returned to form for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who aim to make it two straight wins over the visiting Cincinnati Reds when the teams meet on Tuesday. Bednar earned his 15th save when he retired the Reds in order in the ninth inning of a 4-1 victory on Monday. The two-time All-Star has converted 14 consecutive save opportunities after struggling to begin the season, when he had an 11.70 ERA through the end

Paul Skenes, Pirates return home to face Reds

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Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Paul Skenes has been so impressive in his first six starts, even fans of opposing teams have taken to giving him standing ovations. Skenes (3-0, 2.43 ERA) will be back in front of his home crowd on Monday when the Pirates begin a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Pittsburgh took two of three games from the Colorado Rockies in Denver over the weekend, while Cincinnati has lost four of its last

Reds await more potential surprises from Brewers

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A warning to managers facing the Milwaukee Brewers this season: the bunt sign might actually be the home run sign. Saturday in Milwaukee, Brewers leadoff man Joey Ortiz squared to bunt in the fifth inning of a scoreless tie, hoping to advance teammates Jackson Chourio and Brice Turang from first and second base, respectively, with no outs. He fouled the pitch from Cincinnati Reds’ lefty Andrew Abbott back to the netting. Ortiz took the next

Jeimer Candelario, Reds pursue another win over Brewers

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Jeimer Candelario and the Cincinnati Reds will attempt to continue their recent good fortune on Saturday afternoon when they play the second contest of a three-game series against the host Milwaukee Brewers. Signed to a three-year, $45 million contract in December, Candelario wasn’t providing much bang for the buck after limping to a .184 batting average and striking out 38 times in his first 29 games. Since then, he has 20 extra-base hits (10 doubles,

Brewers to test home prowess against surging Reds

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The Milwaukee Brewers look to continue their good fortune at home on Friday when they open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers recorded their sixth straight home series win with a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in the deciding game of their three-game set. Milwaukee, which improved to 20-11 at home, has won four of its last six games overall. Cincinnati, in turn, has won eight of its

Steven Kwan, Guardians bid to stay hot in clash vs. Reds

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Steven Kwan will look to stay hot Wednesday night when the visiting Cleveland Guardians conclude a brief two-game series against the in-state rival Cincinnati Reds. Since returning from the injured list on May 31, Kwan is 13-for-25 with one homer, five RBIs and 10 runs. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to pace the Guardians to a 5-3 win over the Reds on Tuesday. Kwan missed 23 games due to a left hamstring

Gritty Guardians visit rising Reds in Ohio rivalry

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While the Cleveland Guardians continue to lead the American League Central, the Cincinnati Reds have played well this month. Both look to maintain that success in the season’s first installment of their Ohio rivalry Tuesday night at Cincinnati. Sitting 20 games over .500, the Guardians currently control the AL Central and eye a third straight victory after taking the final two of a three-game weekend set at Miami. “We want it,” Guardians outfielder Tyler Freeman

Reds look to finish 4-game sweep of Cubs

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The Cincinnati Reds look to complete a rare four-game sweep and extend their winning streak to eight games when they close out their series with the visiting Chicago Cubs on Sunday. After starting the season 1-11 in one-run games, the Reds won their third in eight days Saturday, 4-3, over the Cubs, who went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and missed chances to tie the score in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings. With

Reds put season-best win streak on line vs. Cubs

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The Cincinnati Reds are on a season-best six-game winning streak while the visiting Chicago Cubs are battling a prolonged slump as the teams prepare to meet again on Saturday. The Reds have taken the first two games of the four-game series. On Friday, Cincinnati earned a 3-2 victory that featured a two-run, two-out double from Tyler Stephenson in the fourth inning and six innings of one-run pitching from Nick Lodolo. Alexis Diaz allowed a run

Streaking Reds chase another victory over Cubs

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Elly De La Cruz routinely makes a big splash, so naturally he was eager to do so on his one-year anniversary of reaching the major leagues. De La Cruz celebrated the occasion Thursday with a three-run homer as the Reds continued their recent strong play. Now Cincinnati will look to defeat the visiting Chicago Cubs again on Friday in the second contest of a four-game set. The flashy De La Cruz made his major league