CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds activated left-handed reliever Manny Parra off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday before the first game of a series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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(The Sports Xchange) – St Louis manager Mike Matheny rolled the dice in the late innings of Sunday’s 3-2 win over Colorado, gambling that the Cardinals would win the game in nine innings. Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss’ one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth kept the Cardinals from having to play their 15th extra-inning game of the year. The fact the gamble paid off was a good thing because the Cardinals would have been almost completely out of troops had the game reached the 10th.

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(adds slugline) Aug 3 (The Sports Xchange) – St Louis manager Mike Matheny rolled the dice in the late innings of Sunday’s 3-2 win over Colorado, gambling that the Cardinals would win the game in nine innings. Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss’ one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth kept the Cardinals from having to play their 15th extra-inning game of the year. The fact the gamble paid off was a good thing because the Cardinals would have been almost completely out of troops had the game reached the 10th.

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Move over Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, or Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. There’s a new best rivalry in baseball. Not surprisingly, the Kansas City Royals are involved. The Royals had their issues with other clubs earlier in the season, but had been relatively quiet for a few months. All it took was Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson to re-ignite the team’s competitive spirit.  [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] Donaldson was hit by a pitch in the first inning, and while that didn’t immediately lead to trouble, it set the tone for the game. Donaldson did seem to exchange words with starter Edinson Volquez as he walked down to first base.  The Blue Jays continued to pitch inside to Donaldson during his next few at-bats, and he didn’t take kindly to that. Donaldson had to avoid inside pitches two other times during the game. One came after Troy Tulowitzki had been hit on the wrist with a pitch. Manager John Gibbons came out to defend Donaldson following the second incident, and was ejected in the seventh. Things didn’t boil over until the eighth inning, however. Aaron Sanchez hit Alcides Escobar in the leg with a pitch, and that led to the benches clearing. Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale was ejected following the incident.  Volquez seemed fairly animated as the benches cleared, and it was clear he was quite unhappy with Donaldson after the contest. Edinson Volquez on Josh Donaldson: “He’s a little baby. He was crying like a baby.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 2, 2015 Volquez wasn’t willing to stop there. He continued to go in on Donaldson. More Volquez on Donaldson: “He’s not Barry Bonds. He’s got three years in the league.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 2, 2015 Volquez wasn’t the only Royal to go after Donaldson, either. Reliever Ryan Madson had some things to say after the game. Ryan Madson said for Josh Donaldson “to get that upset, I don’t think he fully understands the game.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 2, 2015 The criticism wasn’t all on the Royals side, though. Donaldson had some things to say about Volquez following the game , according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.  From the Blue Jays’ clubhouse, Donaldson returned fire after Volquez called him a baby. He told reporters he did not want Volquez ejected from the game. He called Volquez “some pretty good hitting.” Jose Bautista also got involved. Bautista took exception to some comments by Royals manager Ned Yost. Following the game, Yost said he was happy with the way umpire Jim Wolf handled the situation. Manager Ned Yost commended the actions of umpire Jim Wolf. Wolf declined to penalize the Royals for throwing inside, but acted swiftly when Sanchez hit Escobar with a 97-mph fastball when there were two outs in the eighth. “I thought Jim Wolf did a tremendous job understanding the game, understanding what’s intentional,” Yost said. “Was it intentional on their part to hit Esky? Absolutely.” That led to Bautista firing back. Just heard #NedYost comments about the game. Lost a lot of respect for that man today. — Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) August 2, 2015 So, yeah, there’s a lot going on here. Based on the comments on both sides, it’s clear there’s some hatred brewing between both clubs.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Moss had his first big hit with St. Louis, a game-ending single in the ninth inning, and Randal Grichuk had a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nolan Arenado and Ben Paulsen homered, sending Jorge De La Rosa and the Colorado Rockies to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

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Wacha pitched seven crisp innings, Matt Carpenter homered for the third time in two games and the Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-0 on Friday night. Jhonny Peralta added a two-run homer for the Cardinals (66-37), who have won eight of 11 to move a season-high 29 games over .500 for the third time this season. Stephen Piscotty had a two-run double to help St. Louis run its major league-best home record to 39-15.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Colorado right-hander Kyle Kendrick left Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after one inning due to right shoulder inflammation.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers, supplementing their bullpen with another veteran.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a pair of home runs and Greg Garcia's bases-loaded walk capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 9-8 on Thursday night.

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