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Quintana looks to cool Nats at Wrigley

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Washington right-hander Joe Ross, who left his most recent start after getting struck on the right leg by a comebacker, is expected to return for a start Friday as the Nationals continue their three-game road series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Nationals hammered the Cubs 9-3 on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, with Anibal Sanchez allowing just two runs (one earned) on one hit over 8 1/3 innings. It was Washington's 10th win in 12 games.

The Cubs didn't score until the ninth inning, but they still have won five of six after a spell of six losses in seven games. Chicago has lost just four of its past 20 home games.

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Hot Braves try to build on thrilling win

The Atlanta Braves might have recorded their most exhilarating win of the season Friday night. The New York Mets can only hope they didn't endure their most damaging loss.

The Braves will look to build on the momentum of their 14-inning victory when they visit the Mets in the middle game of a three-game series. Left-hander Max Fried (14-4, 3.84 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Atlanta against New York right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.40 ERA).

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King Felix set for first start since May

SEATTLE (AP) Felix Hernandez has been activated off the injured list and was set to start for the Seattle Mariners.

Hernandez hasn't pitched in the majors since May 11 because of a strained right shoulder. He was scheduled to start Saturday night at home against Toronto.

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Brewers designate Chacin for assignment

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have designated opening day starter Jhoulys Chacin for assignment.

The Brewers announced the move on Saturday before playing Arizona.

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Gregorius hits slam as Yankees pound Ryu

LOS ANGELES (AP) Scratching for runs while losing three straight in Oakland left the New York Yankees in a mood heading south to Los Angeles.

They took out their frustration on the Dodgers, who had a rare night of swinging and missing.

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Gurriel HR backs Greinke in Astros' win

HOUSTON (AP) Houston manager A.J. Hinch was impressed by how Zack Greinke pitched without his best stuff.

Greinke won his fourth straight start since joining the Astros, and Yuli Gurriel hit a big two-run homer in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

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Martinez has 7 RBI, Red Sox blank Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) J.D. Martinez had the big game for the Boston Red Sox, hitting two three-run homers and driving in a career-high seven runs.

Eduardo Rodriguez had the big moment, reaching base on an error and scoring his first career run to go along with his seven strong innings in Boston's 11-0 win against the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

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Lyles has 6 no-hit IP, Crew tops D-backs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Even with a chance at history, Jordan Lyles didn't put up much of a fuss.

Vying to become the second pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history to throw a no-hitter, Lyles had thrown 99 pitches through six innings. That's when manager Craig Counsell pulled him and turned to his bullpen to finish the job.

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Meadows has slam, Rays win on road again

BALTIMORE (AP) Clutch hitting. Strong starting pitching. Road wins.

Those are marks of a playoff contender, and the Tampa Bay Rays appear poised to benefit from each facet as they strive to reach the postseason for the first time since 2013.

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