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Cueto's three-hit shutout lifts Reds past Pirates
Johnny Cueto
Johnny Cueto limited the Pirates to a pair of infield singles and a double.
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Johnny Cueto continued his great start with a three-hit shutout and finally received some run support to pick up his first win of the season, as the Cincinnati Reds earned a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Cueto had surrendered just five runs and 13 hits over 21 innings in his first three outings this season, but the Reds had scored just one run while he was on the mound. They quickly got one in the first without a hit and Joey Votto clubbed a two-run homer in the seventh to provide some cushion, as the Reds took two of three from their NL Central rivals in a period of less than 24 hours.

Monday's series opener was suspended by rain in the seventh inning and the Pirates completed an 8-7 win late Tuesday afternoon before Cincinnati earned a 7-5 triumph in Tuesday's regularly scheduled game.  continue>>

Future starts now for Astros
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kudos to the Houston Astros.

You won't hear that often this season, but the Astros made the right move on Wednesday, recalling super outfield prospect George Springer in an effort to not only jumpstart their woeful offense, but perhaps draw some interest in a team that is probably headed toward a fourth consecutive 100-loss season.

By calling up Springer now, he'll likely qualify for Super Two status and be eligible for arbitration one year earlier than he would have if he were called up after the Super Two eligibility date (usually not too long after Memorial Day).

Nobody would have blamed the Astros for waiting. Plenty of teams do it. It's not as if they are going anywhere this season. In fact, after losing a league- high 111 games last season, they are already tied for the worst record in the American League.  continue>>