Cubs-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

Joe Maddon brought in a magician to snap the Cubs out of a funk. After some excellent pitching helped the Cubs end their longest slide of the season, Maddon is looking for that to rub off on Lester as the left-hander tries for his first win in more than six weeks Wednesday night against the New York Mets. It seemed to do the trick, as the Cubs got an RBI double from Matt Szczur to edge the Mets 1-0 in Tuesday's opener.

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Nationals-Braves Preview (The Associated Press)

The Washington Nationals' rotation may have watched their overall shutout streak end, but against the Atlanta Braves they just keep on going. Back to their winning ways and with the starters in position to begin another shutout streak, Doug Fister looks to extend the Washington Nationals' scoreless run versus the Atlanta Braves as their series continues Wednesday. Monday's off day served Washington (43-34) well as it emphatically bounced back from having its eight-game winning streak snapped in the second game of its Sunday doubleheader at Philadelphia by cruising past Atlanta 6-1 to open this three-game set.

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Giants-Marlins Preview (The Associated Press)

While the San Francisco Giants have had little trouble scoring runs on the road for Chris Heston, the Miami Marlins haven't done anything at the plate to support Dan Haren of late. As Heston tries to record a fourth consecutive road victory while pitching for the first time in his home state, Haren looks to avoid his fourth straight losing decision Wednesday night. Despite a 4.43 ERA, Heston (8-5, 3.73 ERA) is 5-1 in seven road starts and has received an average 8.65 runs of support - second highest in the majors.

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Baseball results (Reuters)

July 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the MLB games on Tuesday (home team in CAPS) Texas 8 BALTIMORE 6 Milwaukee 4 PHILADELPHIA 3 Boston 4 TORONTO 3 Pittsburgh 5 DETROIT 4 (14 innings) Washington 6 ATLANTA 1 Minnesota 8 CINCINNATI 5 Chicago Cubs 1 NY METS 0 Cleveland 6 TAMPA BAY 2 MIAMI 5 San Francisco 3 HOUSTON 4 Kansas City 0 Chicago White Sox 2 ST. LOUIS 1 (11 innings) LA Dodgers 6 ARIZONA 4 (10 innings) Colorado 2 OAKLAND 1 LA ANGELS 2 NY Yankees 1 Seattle 5 SAN DIEGO 0

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Zimmermann sharp as Nationals beat Braves again, 6-1 (The Associated Press)

Jordan Zimmermann says the Washington Nationals are happy to win two of three in every series. Against the Atlanta Braves, they are doing much better. Zimmermann took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Nationals beat Atlanta 6-1 on Tuesday night to continue their season-long dominance of the division rivalry.

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Hendricks, 3 relievers shut down Mets in Cubs' 1-0 win (The Associated Press)

Maddon brought in an illusionist to entertain his team after a rough patch of play, but after a 1-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night that snapped a five-game skid, the Chicago Cubs seemed to think the man with the magic touch was actually their mischievous manager. ''I just felt more comfortable and, I'm sure the guys felt the same, because he kind of tones it down a little bit, lets you relax,'' Matt Szczur said about Maddon. Kyle Hendricks (3-4) pitched three-hit ball for six innings and combined with three relievers to bail out the Cubs, who scored just six runs during their losing streak.

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Trying to make hitting skid disappear, Maddon hires magician (The Associated Press)

Hoping to make a hitting slump disappear, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried a trick. Presto! He hired a magician. Known for his unusual, motivational and tension-cutting clubhouse activities while with the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon thought a five-game losing streak was the perfect time to pull out some fun.

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Mets activate Daniel Murphy from DL (The Associated Press)

The New York Mets activated infielder Daniel Murphy from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night and put him in the cleanup spot, hoping he will bring a much-needed jolt to an offense that has had major difficulties scoring runs. Manager Terry Collins inserted Murphy into the No. 4 spot against the Chicago Cubs. ''He's the guy now,'' Collins said.

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Baseball standings (Reuters)

June 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the MLB on Monday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Baltimore 41 35 .539 - 2. Tampa Bay 42 36 .538 - 3. NY Yankees 41 36 .532 0 1/2 4. Toronto 41 37 .526 1 5. Boston 35 43 .449 7 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Kansas City 44 29 .603 - 2. Minnesota 40 36 .526 5 1/2 3. Detroit 39 36 .520 6 4. Cleveland 34 41 .453 11 5. Chicago White Sox 32 42 .432 12 1/2 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Houston 45 34 .570 - 2. LA Angels 40 37 .519 4 3. Texas 39 38 .506 5 4. Seattle 34 42 .447 9 1/2 5. Oakland 35 44 . ...

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Twins-Reds Preview (The Associated Press)

The Minnesota Twins have been unable to string together much success over the past month, and it continued in their series opener with the Cincinnati Reds. Few pitchers have been better in recent weeks than Hughes (6-6, 4.20 ERA), who has posted a quality start in four straight outings and has allowed one run in eight innings in each of his last two. "I hope this momentum carries over and I start rolling again," Hughes told MLB's official website.

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