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The 23-year-old Mullins doubled twice - _WedAMCETECET0FebE CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Murphy can’t fully explain his success at Wrigley Field. He’s just happy he now calls the storied old ballpark home.Murphy and Kyle Schwarber each hit a two-run homer http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-lucas-duda-jersey , Javier Baez added a solo shot and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-6 on Saturday for their fourth straight win.Murphy homered for a second straight day and is batting .407 (48 for 118) with nine homers in 31 career regular-season games at Wrigley — all but three of them before he joined the Cubs in a trade this week.His batting average is the highest among active players with a minimum of 100 at-bats at the ballpark.“I don’t know,” Murphy said when asked to explain his success. “I just know, day games, if I’m able to get this old body going, I feel like I see the ball better during the day.”Baez was 2 for 4 with a walk and three RBIs. The homer was his 28th and he leads the NL with 97 RBIs.NL-Central leading Chicago has gone deep in 10 consecutive games, amassing a total of 17 homers during that stretch.Curt Casali homered and had four RBIs, and Preston Tucker added a pinch-hit homer for Cincinnati, which has dropped four straight.Jose Quintana (11-9) allowed two runs on six hits in five-plus innings — walking three and striking out two — to get his first win since Aug. 3.Reds starter Luis Castillo (7-11) allowed five runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings.“Sometimes the hitters will let you know if you’re missing with your spots and they take advantage of it Alex Gordon Jersey ,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said of Castillo. “They were on him pretty good.”Ian Happ drove in the Cubs’ first run with a two-out single in the second, and Murphy followed with a two-run shot for a 3-0 lead.After Cincinnati got a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, Schwarber’s two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth restored the three-run advantage and chased Castillo. Baez hit a solo blast in the fifth, and Anthony Rizzo’s run-scoring single in the sixth made it 7-2.Chicago added three unearned runs in the seventh. The Reds scored four runs in the eighth against reliever Brandon Kintzler, who like Murphy was acquired in a midseason trade with the Washington Nationals. Casali hit a three-run homer and Tucker followed with a solo blast.COMFORT ZONEBefore being dealt to the Cubs, the 33-year-old Murphy had never been traded. He said he’s felt at home — and not just because of the on-field success.“I feel like I’ve been really comfortable, and that’s a testament to the front office, the ownership and to the guys in this clubhouse and the coaching staff http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-george-brett-jersey ,” he said.USING BOTH HANDSKris Bryant normally releases his top hand on his swing, but trainer PJ Mainville suggested the slugger keep both hands on the bat to reduce stress as he rehabbed from left shoulder inflammation. Bryant likes the two-handed approach so much he said he plans to use it when he returns to the lineup.“It feels good to me,” he said. “I feel a lot more powerful. I’m hitting the ball farther.”ROSTER MOVESThe Reds activated RF Scott Schebler (sprained right shoulder) before the game and optioned OF Aristides Aquino to Triple-A Pensacola. Schebler batted leadoff and went 1 for 5.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: 1B Joey Votto (lower right leg) ran sprints on the field before the game. Riggleman said a decision on whether Votto will be activated for the finale of the series won’t be made until Sunday morning.Cubs: 3B Bryant took batting practice on the field. He said he didn’t experience any pain and is “ready to go.” Bryant will face rehabbing LHP Drew Smyly in a live BP session on Sunday and then begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday.UP NEXTReds RHP Homer Bailey (1-11, 6.21 ERA) faces RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-10, 4.04) in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday. Bailey is 0-4 with a 5.22 ERA in five starts since coming off the DL in late July, and Cincinnati is 1-16 in his 17 starts this season. Hendricks is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in six career starts against the Reds at Wrigley. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:NO WORD YETThe Dodgers are still waiting for definitive word on how long closer Kenley Jansen might be out because of an irregular heartbeat. He was put on the 10-day disabled list Friday and manager Dave Roberts wasn’t sure if his absence would be 10 days or possibly even closer to a month — like it was when the right-hander went on the DL for the same thing seven years ago.“I’m hoping as soon as I can to get something, just for my peace of mind, the guys on the field — our peace of mind Mike Moustakas Jersey ,” Roberts said. “His health is most important. Whatever they have to do, the doctors have to do, to protect him.”The 30-year-old Jansen was tied for the NL lead with 32 saves. In his absence, Roberts will use a closer-by-committee approach.ARENADO AILINGThe Rockies will see how star third baseman Nolan Arenado is feeling, a day after his early exit during a 5-4 win over the Dodgers at Coors Field. The Gold Glover has been bothered by a sore shoulder for a week and tweaked it while turning a double play in the third inning. He was covering second base on a play that was scored 3-5-3.“After it, I had trouble throwing,” he said. “It hurt too much to let it fly after that.”HOW MANY?J.D. Martinez has become the first major leaguer this season to top the century mark in RBIs — the Boston bopper is at 101 after driving in two more Friday night at Baltimore.Martinez set a career high with 104 RBIs last year while playing for Detroit and Arizona. The AL East-leading Red Sox have 45 games left for him to keep piling up the total.SEATTLE SURGEAfter beating Astros aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on consecutive nights, the Seattle Mariners try to keep up their run at Minute Maid Park. Next Salvador Perez Jersey , they’ll face Charlie Morton (12-2, 2.81 ERA). Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.81) starts for Seattle, which trails Houston by six games in the AL West.DOING DAMAGERonald Guzman has been a one-man wrecking crew against the Yankees this season. The Texas rookie has hit six home runs in 15 at-bats vs. New York — and only six more in 263 at-bats against everyone else. The 23-year-old Guzman homered three times Friday night in the Bronx, making him the first rookie to hit three in a game against the Yankees.NICE STARTCedric Mullins became the first Baltimore player to get three hits in his major league debut, also scoring three runs and driving in a pair during a 19-12 loss Friday night to Boston. The 23-year-old Mullins doubled twice while batting ninth and playing center field.All-Star Adam Jones has played center field since his arrival at Camden Yards in 2008. But the 33-year-old will finish the season in right field as the last-place Orioles look to next season and beyond. “This is about the future going forward,” manager Buck Showalter said.KEEP TRYINGBlue Jays right-hander Sam Gaviglio is 0-4 in 13 starts since winning in late May at Philadelphia. He hopes to end that skid when he pitches at home against Tampa Bay.
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