Reds' Travis Wood loses perfect game in ninth inning

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9:18 PM:  Wood lost his bid for a perfect game on a Carlos Ruiz double with no outs in the ninth.  Still, a fine performance from a promising youngster on a first-place Reds team.

9:15 PM:  Halladay held the Reds to one hit and zero runs in the top of the ninth inning.  Wood will need to put in some extra work in order to secure a perfect game.  One thing’s for sure: Reds manager Dusty Baker will have no problem leaving the 23-year-old rookie in for well over 120 pitches.

9:05 PM:  Wood made it through the eighth inning unscathed and will head into the ninth with a chance to make history.  The score is still 0-0, however, and Wood has thrown 92 pitches.  He needs a little help from his offense.

8:58 PM:  There’s an exceptional pitching duel going on right now in Philadelphia.

Reds youngster Travis Wood has thrown seven perfect innings with eight strikeouts in his third major league start and Phillies ace Roy Halladay has allowed only four hits over eight scoreless frames.  The score is 0-0.  We’ll keep you updated.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.