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Dallas Keuchel throws shutout, lowers ERA to 1.76

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In case you missed it, Astros ace Dallas Keuchel twirled a gem Saturday against the White Sox …

Keuchel now has a ridiculous 1.76 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 81 2/3 innings this season. He is legit.

Video: Andrew McCutchen gives his batting gloves to a kid

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Andrew McCutchen found an enthusiastic Pirates fan in San Diego after Saturday night’s 5-2 win

Johnny Cueto expected to return to Reds’ rotation Sunday

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Reds ace Johnny Cueto was scratched from a start last week after experiencing stiffness in his right elbow, but an MRI taken Tuesday afternoon came up clean and the hope is that he will be able to return to the starting rotation this Sunday for the club’s series finale against the visiting Nationals.

That would be 11 day of rest between starts for the 29-year-old right-hander. He has registered a 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season for the Reds, who are in fourth place in the National League Central standings with a record of 19-27.

If he’s healthy, Cueto will be a massive trade chip this summer for Cincinnati.

He owns a 2.53 ERA (153 ERA+) in 742 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Video: Bryce Harper slugs his 18th home run

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Check out Bryce Harper’s 18th home run of the year, a solo shot Wednesday night at Wrigley Field …

Harper has slugged 13 home runs over his last 19 games. He hit 13 home runs all of last season.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak: Matt Adams out 3-4 months, possibly the year, with torn quad

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An update on Matt Adams from KMOX, the Cardinals’ flagship radio station

Adams tore his right quadriceps muscle Tuesday while legging out a double. Mark Reynolds is playing first base for the Cardinals in Wednesday night’s series finale against the Diamondbacks and will be the primary starter there for the foreseeable future. St. Louis could always make a trade if that’s not working out.

Adams was batting just .243/.281/.375 through 43 games this season, but the 26-year-old registered an .800 OPS (119 OPS+) in 250 games between 2013-2014. And he’s especially lethal against right-handed pitching.

St. Louis also lost Adam Wainwright (heel) for the season in late April, and yet the club entered play Wednesday with the best record (30-16) and run differential (+58) in all of Major League Baseball.