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Cubs grant Derek Dietrich his release to pursue a major league opportunity

Cubs grant Derek Dietrich his release to pursue a major league opportunity

The Cubs have granted utility man Derek Dietrich his release, the team announced Sunday.

According to the Cubs, Dietrich requested his released to pursue a major league opportunity. The Cubs’ player pool drops down to 59 players, with one open spot.

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Dietrich signed with the club in late July, soon after exercising the out clause in his contract with the Reds. Dietrich reported to the Cubs’ South Bend alternate site.

The seven-year veteran has a career .246 batting average. Last season, his batting average dropped to .187, but he hit 19 home runs for the Reds. Then this summer, Dietrich was two weeks delayed in joining the Reds player pool due to a positive COVID-19 test. Cincinnati announced his addition on July 15.

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Reds, Indians throw barbs at each other's home cities in Twitter showdown

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Reds, Indians throw barbs at each other's home cities in Twitter showdown

We've got Twitter beef between the Cubs and White Sox rivals from the state of Ohio.

The Reds and Indians are playing their four-game Battle of Ohio series this week, and the Reds came down on Cleveland in a pregame tweet with all the force of Cincinnati behind it.

Oh my. That almost hurts as much as LeBron leaving the Cavaliers the first time.

The Indians account had a pretty good comeback, poking fun at Cincinnati not having an NBA team. The Reds then dug their heels even further into the joke. 

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The Sacramento Kings were known as the Cincinnati Royals from 1957-72, so, the Reds technically are right, considering Cincinnati's current (non-existent) NBA team has never lost a game.

Cleveland came back with one final attempt at winning the Twitter duel, insulting Cincinnati's notorious Skyline Chili.

Good, but not good enough. The Reds win this Twitter showdown, at least according to this outsider spectator.

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Cubs, Reds to make up rainout with 7-inning doubleheader Aug. 29

Cubs, Reds to make up rainout with 7-inning doubleheader Aug. 29

The Cubs will get a taste of Major League Baseball's new doubleheader format later this month.

On Aug. 29, the Cubs and Reds will make up their July 30 rainout as part of a seven-inning doubleheader.

MLB recently changed its doubleheader format for 2020 only in wake of numerous postponements across the league due to the Marlins COVID-19 outbreak. All doubleheaders going forward this season are seven innings each, the idea being to reduce the wear and tear on pitchers' arms.

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Pitchers have been going down at alarming rates early in this 60-game season after baseball's long shutdown and quick ramp-up in Summer Camp.

The Cardinals also have seven games to make up due to their recent outbreak.

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