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PITTSBURGH — Having cut his teeth and delivered a few bruises as a young starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston righthander Gerrit Cole heard Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s furious criticism earlier this month about the Bucs’ “pitching philosophy,” which can be aggressively inside and sometimes up in the zone.

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SEATTLE — The extended and unplanned absence of leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter until after the All-Star break frees manager Mike Shildt to audition other options at what’s become one of the least productive spots in the Cardinals’ lineup.