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C Derek Norris admitted to losing some confidence in mid-May when his batting average bottomed out at .167. "The back half of May I was swinging the bat pretty well," Norris said. "I just stuck with the process." The old adage is that it's a long season, and Norris' resolve is beginning to pay off. On Thursday night, Norris hit a three-run home run in a 7-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. "We counted on him to be a middle of the order production guy," said manager Andy Green. "It's good to see him get going. There was no point in time we thought he was going to hit .160." It was Norris' third homer in five games. He's now hit safely in 13 of 17 games in June. "A homer here and there, sure," Norris said. "Definitely some work still left to do. I felt there were some more pitches to hit tonight that I fouled off. I'll keep improving."

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German court hands Springer partial victory in ad-blocking case

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - A German court on Friday handed publisher Axel Springer a material win in its fight against so-called ad-blockers, which users can install on computers or mobile devices to prevent advertising from being shown.

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