MONDAY, JULY 14
Negron hits 1st homer in Reds' 6-3 win over Bucs
CINCINNATI (AP) - Kris Negron hit his first career home run, and All-Star Todd Frazier added a two-run shot as the Cincinnati Reds rolled into the break with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
Negron, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday for his first appearance in the majors since playing four games in 2012, celebrated his first major league start with a three-run, opposite-field homer to right off of Francisco Liriano in the second inning. The RBIs were also the first of his career, and the hit was his second.
Frazier lined a drive just inside the right-field foul pole on the first pitch from Vance Worley in the sixth to help the Pirates finish 2-5 on their road trip.
The Reds went 8-3 on their 11-game homestand against Central Division-opponents Milwaukee, the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh.
Pirates activate Liriano, option Hague
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates activated left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list to start Sunday's game at Cincinnati.
The Pirates optioned infielder Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room on the roster for Liriano.
Liriano's start was his first since June 10 against the Chicago Cubs, when he strained his left oblique strain. He tied his season high by issuing six walks for the second time in three starts.
Liriano lasted four innings, allowing three hits and three runs with four strikeouts and a wild pitch. He left the bases loaded in two of his four innings.
He says he was "a little excited going out to pitch," and that he "tried to do too much."
Werth homers, knocks in 4 in Nats' win over Phils
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jayson Werth homered and drove in four runs, and Tanner Roark pitched seven strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Ryan Zimmerman also went deep and had two RBIs, Ian Desmond knocked in two runs, and Anthony Rendon had three hits and an RBI for Washington, which won the last two games of the series and maintained at least a share of first place in the NL East entering the All-Star break.
The Phillies finished a forgettable first half in familiar fashion, producing little offense against Roark and Ross Detwiler. Philadelphia scored two unearned runs off Aaron Barrett in the ninth to end with three runs or fewer for the 49th time this season.
Utley to represent Phils at All-Star game
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Second baseman Chase Utley is the only Philadelphia Phillies player to be named an All-Star, after being voted in by fans.
It will be Utley's sixth All-Star appearance.
The only other National League second basemen to make more All-Star starts than Utley are Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. Morgan made seven starts and Sandberg made nine.
The All-Star game is Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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