Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer, Tyler Greene added a solo shot and the Houston Astros slowed Cincinnati's run to the NL League Central title with a 5-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.
The St. Louis Cardinals scratched third baseman David Freese from the starting lineup Saturday.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup, a day after he committed a critical error in a ninth-inning collapse against the New York Mets.
Kyle Lohse pitched another gem, Matt Holliday and Tyler Greene both homered and the Cardinals held off a late rally by the Astros for a 6-5 win.
Jason Grey breaks down Bobby Parnell's stuff and notes that he can have real value for NL-only leagues as a set-up man.
The Padres got only one hit off Matt Cain in seven innings but beat San Francisco 1-0 on Geoff Blum's sacrifice fly Monday night. It was San Diego's third straight win.
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