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CINCINNATI It is a brief three-game homestand for the Cincinnati Reds, but already the absence of Jay Bruce is being felt in the home clubhouse, although a dramatic walk-off win on Tuesday night helped temper emotions. Jacques Plante Jersey Large.Shortstop Zack Cozart who managed to survive Mondays non-waiver trade deadline, took over Bruces locker space, albeit with mixed emotions.Hes one of my best friends, if not my best friend, Cozart said of Bruce. Im going to miss him for sure. Im happy to be here. I want to be with Reds. We both wanted to be here.As it turned out, Cozart too was absent from the Reds lineup on Tuesday with a bruised right ring finger. His status is day-to-day heading into the second game of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.The Cardinals will try to rebound from a tough 7-5 loss in which Scott Schebler, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville in the wake of the Bruce deal belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to win it.St. Louis has dropped three straight and now trails the first-place Chicago Cubs by nine games in the National League Central. The Cardinals also trail Miami by a half game for the second wild card spot.Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha (6-7, 4.38 ERA) will oppose Reds left-hander Cody Reed (0-5, 7.07 ERA) Wednesday.Reed, one of three left-handers acquired from the Kansas City Royals last season in exchange for Johnny Cueto, is still looking for his first career victory in his eighth start.There have been flashes of brilliance for Reed who is considered among the best of several promising young arms in the Reds organization. He is the first Reds pitcher since Cueto to have at least nine strikeouts in his major league debut.Reed will be facing St. Louis for the first time.Wacha is 4-1 with a 3.75 ERA in his last 10 starts. He allowed three runs and four hits in six innings while getting a win Thursday in Miami.The Cardinals have dominated the Reds in recent years, winning 18 of the past 22 series and Wacha is 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 11 appearances vs. Cincinnati. In the last 11 series at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati has won just three.Dating to the 2003 season, St. Louis has gone 31-4-2 in 37 series between them. But, the Reds have the upper hand after winning the opener.The Cardinals made a flurry of player moves on Tuesday and more activity is expected later this week.Shortstop Aledmys Diaz was placed on the disabled list with a fractured thumb after being hit by a pitch, but St. Louis also welcomed back shortstop Jhonny Peralta and right field Brandon Moss from the DL.While hes not expected to be back for the Cincinnati series, St. Louis is hoping to have Matt Carpenter back in the fold by the end of the week Stephen Piscotty batted leadoff for the first time in his career on Tuesday.Were not that many days away from having another leadoff guy as an option, manager Mike Matheny said of Carpenter.For Cincinnati, Adam Duvall moved from left field to right field replacing Bruce. Schebler was recalled from Triple-A Louisville where he was batting .311 to take over Duvalls spot in left.With the trade deadline passed, players from both clubs can focus on playing baseball.We knew something was going to happen, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said of the Bruce trade. But it still stinks to see it happen. Im very happy to see him move on to a situation where he has a chance of winning. Canadiens Jerseys - The red-hot Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games when they visit the Edmonton Oilers for Sundays clash at Rexall Place. Cheap Custom Canadiens Jersey. Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As the red, white and blue confetti fell inside the SAP Center on Sunday night, Aly Raisman reached out her right hand and called for her fellow new U.S. Olympians to join in on a quick team cheer.At 22, they call Raisman Grandma. And this determined, ultra-focused grandmother gymnast will be leading the Americans into another Olympics with all the kids, even if she wasnt so sure as she waited for the official announcement.We were joking, I was like, `I really am going to live up to my grandma name because Im going to have a heart attack before they announce the names, Raisman said of the excruciating minutes before the five gymnasts got final word.Teammate and three-time world champion Simone Biles wasted no time with a witty response: Were too young to die. So no heart attacks will take place in this arena tonight.On balance beam, her third rotation of the night Sunday, Raisman shined and looked nothing short of superbly confident. She let out a tiny breath before her dismount on a spectacular routine that scored a 15.250 -- much stronger than her 14.8 in Fridays opening night of the Olympic Trials. She wound up in third place with a 119.750 over the two-day, eight-rotation competition.The unflappable Raisman secured her hard-earned spot from national team coordinator Martha Karolyi with a strong showing over the past six weeks, which included an all-around victory in last months Hartford tune-up meet.Karolyi wanted to see strides from Raisman on floor exercise, beam and vault -- and was clearly convinced the 2012 U.S. captain at the London Games and defending Olympic champion on floor is poised for a strong run in Rio. She is joined on the team by Biles, reigning Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.Raisman and Douglas are the first female U.S. gymnasts during Karolyis tenure to make their Olympic debuts and be selected to return four years later for another run.Its just amazing because shes so strong, Douglas said of Raisman. To have her just lead this team, weve been there, and for us to be back on this road together is just amazing and kind of different because we were on the same team and now were on the same team again. Its just a special bond.Raisman was the oldest on the U.S. team when she won the floor at the London Olympics and captained the close-knit Fierce Five group thhat captured the team title. Custom Canadiens Jerseys. Its very important theyre on the team to support us and we can go to them because they know exactly what its like, the 19-year-old Biles said of Douglas and Raismans experience factor.When Sundays event had finally wrapped up, an orange foam massage roller tucked under her right arm, Raisman made her exit from the competition area with waves and then an ultra-quick smile before disappearing behind a curtain to wait for the decision.All evening, cheers of Come on, Aly! greeted her from little girls voices in every corner of the arena. A stone-faced Raisman seemed to block out everything as she prepared for her second rotation on uneven bars. She switched from hands on hips to swaying side to side, pacing back and forth to the chalk trough, then working in a quick quad stretch here and there.Minutes later, Raisman, in a sequin-studded red leotard, finally smiled after her 14.3 on her weakest event.Even on her No. 1 apparatus -- floor -- the reigning Olympic gold medalist on her favorite event realizes there is work she still must do. Douglas, too, and they will get back to work -- together again -- to add some tenths to their scores, to fine tune the smallest of details before the biggest world stage beckons in South America a few weeks from now.Raisman stepped out on her first floor pass but recovered and scored a 15.050, offering waves in every direction of the arena as she stepped down from the floor.After taking an extended break post-London, which included a Dancing With The Stars stint, Raisman only returned to competition in March 2015.So, this Rio trip was no guarantee in the short, ever-diminishing window that can define elite gymnastics. It is an accomplishment she will celebrate, and once her long day was done Sunday, she let down her guard and let the emotions flow. She cried.It was such a relief because it was so nerve-wracking, she said. I was so nervous this competition.Even Karolyi shed some tears, telling her gymnasts it was the toughest team decision yet for the U.S. selection committee.If I can make an event final, thats great, Raisman said. But right now Im just really focused on being a good captain and also just making sure we do a good job in the team final. ' ' ' 

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