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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds shuffled their starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break in an effort to limit innings for left-hander Brandon Finnegan.Puma Velvet Creepers Burgundy . So right-hander Anthony DeSclafani will kick off the second half of the season when he faces right-hander Matt Garza and the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday at Great American Ball Park.Left-hander John Lamb will start Saturday and right-hander Dan Straily on Sunday followed by Finnegan.The heaviest workload has certainly been on the shoulders of Finnegan, Reds manager Bryan Price told The Cincinnati Enquirer. Were just being cognizant of workload. Straily is the most experienced pitcher coming in. DeSclafani and Lamb being affected by injury has decreased their probable workload for the season.Tweaking the rotation might be among the most insignificant change that Price will have to make during July.The rebuilding is expected to continue for Cincinnati (32-57), which lost seven of 10 heading into the break. With the trade deadline approaching, the Reds are among the clubs expected to sell off to contenders looking to fill needs for the stretch run. Left fielder Jay Bruce, shortstop Zack Cozart and second baseman Brandon Phillips are among the players who could be coveted.Some good news for Cincinnati is that right-hander Homer Bailey is on track to return at some point this month. Bailey hasnt pitched since April 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made three rehab starts for Triple-A Louisville without issue and could make at least two more before being activated.Prices future as manager also will be a talking point in the second half and his status could be dependent on the club getting off to a good start beginning with this weekends three-game series against Milwaukee.The Brewers are 4-3 against the Reds this season, including 2-2 at Great American Ball Park. The teams will play 12 more times this season.Milwaukee (38-49) made a roster move on Thursday, recalling right-handed reliever Corey Knebel from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He fills the spot vacated by right-hander Michael Blazek, who was optioned Sunday.Walks have been an issue for Garza, who had several rough outings before the All-Star break. He has walked eight in the past 16 innings and gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start at Washington.The Brewers must make another roster move on Saturday because, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, right-hander Zach Davies is expected to start in Cincinnati.Milwaukee, which resides in fourth place in the National League Central, seven games ahead of the last-place Reds, also expects to be active at the trade deadline.First-year general manager David Stearns could make a statement at the deadline with catcher Jonathan Lucroy being among the bait. First things first, both the Reds and Brewers badly need a positive performance in the second half of the season beginning Friday night.I think every July there is a lot of speculation, and that will continue to be the case until we get back to being consistently competitive, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun told MLB.com. Theres always more speculation than there ever ... most teams are either looking to acquire guys or to trade off some asset. Theres action one way or the other. Puma Suede Creepers Black . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U. Nike Vapormax Pure Platinum White . Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. http://www.tbsallc.biz/ . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. OKLAHOMA CITY -- As Russell Westbrook took off, he saw Clint Capela as a mere obstacle to victory rather than an athletic 6-foot-10 shot blocker.In the blink of an eye, Westbrook uncorked a vicious left-handed hammer dunk over Capela in the closing seconds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 105-103 on Wednesday night.Oklahoma City led by three when the 6-3 Westbrook threw it down with 5.5 seconds left to put the Thunder up five.Westbrook said Capelas reputation -- he had already blocked three shots on the night and ranks among the leagues leaders -- didnt deter him.It dont matter, man, Westbrook said. Game on the line. If you get blocked, or you make a dunk -- its one or the other. Fortunately, it went in and it closed the game for us.Oklahoma City center Steven Adams, who isnt easily impressed, cracked a smile when asked about Westbrooks jam.Just happy its not me, he said. Thats pretty much like the only thing is `Thank goodness hes on my team. That was crazy. Honestly, he did a good job, Capela. Nice little bit of defense, honestly. Verticality, avoided the foul, and obviously, hes (Westbrook) just a really athletic dude. Just caught him.Westbrook finished with 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Victor Oladipo added season highs of 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who snapped a four-game losing streak.James Harden, the leagues assist leader and No. 4 scorer heading into the night, finished with 13 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. He made just 4 of 16 shots while being harassed by Andre Roberson.Dre did an amazing job, like hes been doing all season, Westbrook said. James is a tough player, obviously, and he (Roberson) did a great job of making him shoot over his length. He needs to get credit for what hes been doing defensively all year.Capela added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who went scoreless for more than six minutes in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder position themselves for the win.We didnt play well, Harden said. We didnt shoot the ball well, and we still had an opportunity to win.Oklahoma City led 65-63 at halftime as Westbrook had 20 points and Oladipo 17. Thhe shot 61 percent before the break. Vapormax 2017 Mens Running Shoes Orange/White. The Rockets offense worked, despite just five points from Harden on 1-for-6 shooting.The Rockets started strong after the break, and a 14-5 binge put Houston up 77-70 and led to an Oklahoma City timeout. The Rockets stretched their lead to 11, but the Thunder pulled to 90-85 by the end of the period.Oladipos 3-pointer with just under three minutes to play tied the score at 100, then Robersons alley-oop dunk on a lob from Westbrook finally put the Thunder ahead.Westbrook made a free throw to extend Oklahoma Citys lead to three with 28 seconds remaining. Houston missed an opportunity when Harden and Trevor Ariza failed to connect while Ariza was open in the corner. That set up Westbrooks game-clinching dunk.I still wasnt able to make a couple of passes, Harden said. Normal game, just didnt make shots, especially down the stretch when we needed to. That was it.TIP-INSRockets: G Patrick Beverley, one of Oklahoma City fans most hated players, was out with a left knee irritation. He hasnt played this season. ... Eric Gordon shot 5 for 20 from the field and scored 13 points.Thunder: It was the second straight home game in which the Thunder faced a core member of its team that reached the 2012 NBA Finals. Serge Ibaka scored 31 points and made the game-winner for Orlando on Sunday. ... The Thunder shot 75 percent in the first quarter to lead 38-32. ... Oklahoma City made 13 of 14 free throws.STAT LINESOklahoma Citys starting guards, Westbrook and Oladipo, combined to make 21 of 38 shots. Houstons starting guards, Harden and Gordon, shot a combined 9 for 36.STAR POWEROklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who is starting to gain traction as a Heisman candidate, attended the game. He has 68 catches this season for 1,254 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games. 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