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Valbuena helps Cubs salvage finale against Reds
Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena's triple lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Cincinnati Reds, 6-4.
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Luis Valbuena's two-run triple in the top of the 12th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Cincinnati Reds, 6-4, on Thursday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Arismendy Alcantara, in his second big league game, went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for the Cubs, who salvaged the finale of this five- game set and ended and six-game slide. Starlin Castro added a pair of RBI for Chicago, which went 5-6 on its 11-game road trip.

Ryan Ludwick went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBI for the Reds, who blew a three-run lead and saw a five-game win streak come to a halt. No other Cincinnati player had multiple hits in a game that saw the Reds lose another starter and tempers flare before a dramatic end for the Cubs.  Full Story

Same old story in Seattle
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners could head into the All-Star break holding one of the two wild card spots in the American League.

But if they plan on maintaining that spot, they are going to have to do something about an offense that has been, well, offensive.

Especially lately.  Full Story