ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi won his third consecutive start, James Loney had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Monday night.

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That was the case Sunday afternoon, as New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda launched a go-ahead two-run home run, his third of the series and 18th of the season, boosting the Mets to a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Duda’s homer backed another stellar outing from rookie Jacob deGrom. The right-handed deGrom (5-5, 2.79 ERA) won his fourth consecutive start for the Mets (owning 0.66 ERA over that stretch), throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball while allowing four hits and striking out four. “Everything always seems to be down,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, referencing deGrom’s location in the strike zone.

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After beating the team he grew up rooting for, Jake Odorizzi now gets to finally face the club that drafted him. The former Milwaukee Brewers first-round pick seeks his first three-start win streak Monday night at home for the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game set. Odorizzi (6-8, 3.97 ERA), who grew up about 33 miles from St. Louis in Highland, Ill., pitched on the road against the Cardinals for the first time Tuesday and allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings to earn a 7-2 win. I figured I had to tip my hat to them.” The emotion seems to be different this time for Odorizzi, who was drafted in 2008 but never pitched for the Brewers.

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The Stew’s Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We’ll give you the day’s most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon.
MATT KEMP UPDATE: The Dodgers aren’t close to any significant deal and might be wary of moving Matt Kemp’s right-handed bat before Thursday’s deadline. [ @Ken_Rosenthal ]
FALSE ALARM:  Dodgers prospect Corey Seager was removed from his Double-A game on Saturday but is not on the move. He’s dealing with a stomach ailment. [ Jeff Passan ]
DONE DEAL : The Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox. [ Big League Stew ]
MORE MONEY : Despite the Peavy deal, the Giants still have money to add another piece. [ @Alex Pavlovic ] 

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Wily Peralta earned his team-leading 12th win, and Mark Reynolds homered in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night. Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Khris Davis added run-scoring hits for NL Central Division-leading Milwaukee. Four relievers held the Mets scoreless over the final 3 1/3 innings Saturday. Francisco Rodriguez, who blew a save and took the loss against the Mets on Friday night, recorded his 30th save in 34 chances.

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Friday will rank as one of the best days in the career of New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda. The first baseman hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Mets to a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets trailed 2-0 entering the ninth inning, but Daniel Murphy led off with a double off closer Francisco Rodriguez (4-4), who blew his fourth save of the season. David Wright followed with an RBI single.

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The Mets say pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to New York to have his right elbow examined. Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that the 33-year-old Matsuzaka felt something in his elbow a day earlier. Matsuzaka pitched two innings and gave up three earned runs in the Mets’ 9-1 loss at Milwaukee on Thursday night.

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The New York Yankees added a left-handed arm to their pitching staff Thursday by acquiring Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations.

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The Cincinnati Reds were digging deep into the depth chart on Wednesday afternoon to field a nine player lineup against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. In addition to missing former All-Stars and Gold Glove winners Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips at first base and second base respectively, they were also without starting shortstop Zack Cosart, who is day-to-day with a sore right hand.
That left them with All-Star Todd Frazier in his usual position at third base and three backups around the horn on the infield. Veteran Ramon Santiago handled shortstop. Skip Schumaker, an outfielder by trade who converted to second base with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009, returned to the infield. Meanwhile, backup catcher Brayan Pena made only his 20th career start at first base in 475 career games.
Needless to say, the Reds infield defense wasn’t nearly as strong as it usually is, but the replacements still managed to make a terrific defensive play. 
In the second inning, Milwaukee’s Khris Davis hit a grounder deep in the hole at shortstop that Santiago backhanded on a dive. A terrific play under normal circumstances. An even better play considering that Sanitago has spent more time over the past four seasons playing second base than shortstop, which was his original primary position. Also factor in that the ball entered the sunlight just as it approached him, making his concentration all the more impressive. 
After making the stop, Santiago popped to his feet and fired across the diamond low and in the dirt, and to Pena’s non-glove hand. Pretty much the worst possible spot aside from 10-feet over the first baseman’s head, but the backup catcher Pena showed incredible athleticism in diving to make the stop and still keeping his foot on the base.
That wouldn’t have been an easy play for Votto or Todd Helton or any other terrific defensive first baseman, but Pena nailed it to complete the out. 
It’s probably not going to hold up in play of the year discussions. It’s just impressive to watch guys either out of position or moving back to an old position show off some skills.
Here’s a hat tip to the replacements, even though the Reds ended up falling 5-1 to the Brewers . More importantly, this is a reminder to all that the more positions you know and can play, the more valuable you’ll be and the more opportunities you’ll get at every level of baseball. 
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