Reds' Travis Wood loses perfect game in ninth inning


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.

Steven Souza diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle

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Steven Souza looked like he sustained a major shoulder injury after diving for a ball and missing on Wednesday night. Turns out, though, that it is not nearly as bad as it could’ve been: he has a strained pectoral muscle. That’ll only keep him out “a couple of weeks” according to Dbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

Good news for Souza and the Diamondbacks, who are counting on their new right fielder’s power to help offset the loss of J.D. Martinez, who helped the Dbacks to the playoffs with his second half home run outburst. He hit 30 with Tampa Bay last year and would seem poised to at least match that given Chase Field’s more hitter-friendly reputation.

Until Souza returns Jarrod Dyson and Yasmany Tomas will likely cover right field.