Corey Kluber stayed stone-faced, maintaining the same stoic look in the clubhouse that he had for nine innings on the mound. Only when prodded by an Indians teammate did Kluber crack. ”Did you smile after the game?” pitcher Justin Masterson yelled to Kluber. ”Only when I saw you.” Kluber had everyone in Cleveland’s clubhouse smiling after he struck out a career-high 11 and pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game, leading the Indians to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Thursday.

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It looked like Alfredo Simon’s bubble was about to burst. After being one of the biggest surprises of the young season for the Cincinnati Reds by ably filling in for injured starting pitcher Mat Latos, Simon hit a rough patch in the first inning Wednesday night. Then, just like that, the right-hander went back to being dominant, pitching into the seventh inning despite the erratic early control, and Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game as the Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2. Simon has pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts this season as a replacement for the injured Mat Latos and has a 1.30 ERA.

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A big return and some long-coming declines shake up the bullpen rankings this week.

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Jason Hammel is certain the Cubs are better than their record so far. Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run home run and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. ”Very nice job,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. The Cubs, who’ve won three of four to improve to 7-12, have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

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Travis Wood was so dangerous at the plate Monday night that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson actually changed pitchers before the Cubs starter could bat with the bases loaded in the sixth. Wood hit a three-run homer, drove in four runs and held the Diamondbacks to one run in seven innings to lead the Cubs to a 5-1. You’ve got to try and be the best you can at it.” Bronson Arroyo (1-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have lost nine of 10 and have the worst record in the majors (5-17).

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DENVER — Even at hitter-friendly Coors Field, the San Francisco Giants’ offensive struggles continued Monday night in an 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Compounding the problems for the Giants was the fact that they had to use three pitchers in the first three innings. Starter Ryan Vogelsong was knocked out in the second inning and David Huff, who faced one batter, left with a left quadriceps strain after beating out an infield hit in the third. It was the first career hit for Huff, who gave way to Yusmeiro Petit in the bottom of the third, and appears bound for the disabled list.

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The Chicago Cubs are the only team in baseball that’s failed to win a series this season, but their next opponent could provide a prime opportunity. The Arizona Diamondbacks visit Wrigley Field on Monday night to begin a four-game set between the two worst teams in the NL. The Cubs missed out on a chance to match that over the weekend after falling 8-2 to the Reds on Sunday to drop two of three. “Today’s April 20, so it does us no good hanging our heads or being negative,” starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva told the team’s official website.

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The Cubs head into this upcoming week following a series loss to NL Central rival Cincinnati Reds, and now David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth are getting you ready with this week’s Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.After a brutal early stretch in the schedule, the Cubs finally get a little break as the Arizona Diamondbacks, owners of the worst record in Major League Baseball, come to town for a four-game series. …

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CHICAGO (AP) — Rick Renteria prefers positive reinforcement, usually taking the approach of building up his players.

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CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria liked the intensity he saw in his team on Saturday. After scoring only one run in their previous three games, the Cubs’ offense woke up. Mike Olt, Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit home runs for the Cubs, who matched their season-high total for runs in an 8-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs snapped a five-game losing streak while the Reds saw their three-game winning streak end.

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