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Veteran Brandon Kintzler turns the page on his Nationals stint — and turns around his career with the Cubs

Kintzler, 34, returned to Nationals Park closer to the All-Star-caliber reliever the Nationals acquired from the Twins at the 2017 trade deadline and not the reliever who compiled a 3.59 ERA in Washington and was accused as a source for stories that portrayed a poor clubhouse culture and questioned the leadership of manager Davey Martinez.

Kintzler credited a December visit from pitching coach Tommy Hottovy at a soccer field near his Las Vegas home that helped his turnaround.

Hottovy watched Kintzler play catch and suggested a few changes in his delivery that have helped account for a 2.29 ERA in 19 appearances entering Friday.

The Cubs- Cardinals game June 9 at Wrigley Field has been selected for a nationally exclusive telecast by ESPN and will start at 6:05 p.m.

Jose Quintana was delighted to hear the Cubs will play the Cardinals in a two-game series next season in London.

“Talk to Kris (Bryant) about that one,” quipped Rizzo, referring to his teammate’s joking comment that St Louis is a boring city, which rattled Cardinals fans.

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