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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Upton's face when Jarrod Dyson robbed him of a game-tying grand slam.

Trout can't bring home run back (0:36)
Upton stunned after Dyson robs him of grand slam (0:37)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Hart has been working on his shooting, defensive quickness and has placed a big emphasis on his dribbling this offseason. He wants to "dominate" in summer league action next month. "I was a solid defender this year but next year being able to guard smaller, quicker guys, those types of things are the main emphasis for me this summer," said Hart, who co-hosted 200 youth from local nonprofits to watch a screening of "Uncle Drew" along with LA Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell. "… I want to dominate [at summer league but] that doesn't mean I have to go out there and score 30 points every time. I can go out there and have 15 points, 10 rebounds and five or six assists and some steals. It is not just about scoring but going out there and showing the team and front office that I am improving and capable of taking the next step."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Hart would love to see the Lakers draft one of his Villanova guys on Thursday night. Hart, who was drafted 30th overall out of Villanova last year, will spend draft night with former Wildcats teammate Jalen Brunson in New Jersey but will be in constant contact with Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman throughout the night as well. "Obviously, I want one of them on my team, one of the four," said Hart, who along with LA Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell hosted a free screening of "Uncle Drew" for 200 local youth from local nonprofits like Brotherhood Crusade, Boys and Girls Club Venice and The Right Way Foundation in Los Angeles. "I am very excited to see where those guys land."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

As free agency nears, Josh Hart said he tried persuading Paul George to come to LA when the two attended the recent E3 Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am event. "I did a little recruiting, some subtle jabs with him," said Hart, who along with LA Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell hosted 200 local youth from local nonprofits for a free screening of "Uncle Drew" in Los Angeles. "It was fun. I told him that you can't beat 85 degrees and sunny in December. This weather as you can tell is amazing. I told him he should probably live in Playa Vista or Manhattan Beach. That was my two cents."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Hart says Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma and the Lakers' young core remain tight and reiterated that all the social media back and forth was light-hearted "fun." Hart said Ball's diss track on Kuzma was "interesting" but that all the roasting remains in the spirit of good-natured roasting. "We are 22, 23-year-old kids, we are just taking little subtle jabs and that kind of thing," Hart said as he and LA Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell hosted a free screening of "Uncle Drew" for 200 local youth from local nonprofits like Brotherhood Crusade, Boys and Girls Club Venice and The Right Way Foundation in Los Angeles. "It is nothing more than that. We are all close off the court. And that is all it is, just messing around, having fun. We are cool off the court, we are cool on the court. That wasn't anything."

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2hBradford Doolittle

Rain, power outage postpone Dodgers-Cubs

Monday's series opener between the Cubs and Dodgers was postponed because of rain systems moving through the Chicago area and a partial power outage at Wrigley Field. The game will be made up on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Kole Calhoun in May versus Kole Calhoun in June. Crouched stance, lower hands. When you're reaching base less than 20 percent of the time, you have to change it up,

Upton, Pujols go back-to-back in fourth (0:48)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Albert Pujols, who went back-to-back with Justin Upton, is on pace for 90 RBIs, which would mean he finishes the season with 2,008. He can join Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez as the only players with 600 HRs, 3,000 H and 2,000 RBIs.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Trout just got caught stealing for the first time all year. He's 13-for-14, on pace for 29. There were thoughts early in his career that he would steadily give up speed for power as he aged, but that has not been the case. He still has a healthy amount of both.

Goldschmidt smashes 15th dinger of the year (0:32)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels have so many players on the DL (13) that they added an extra, stand-alone locker stall near the entrance of their clubhouse. But Kole Calhoun, their starting right fielder, returned today. He was batting only 145/195/179 when he suffered an oblique strain 16 days ago, which he said happened because he was "swinging out of my mind." He thinks going on the DL helped him reset and get in the right frame of mind.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels are open-minded about the path Shohei Ohtani's rehab will ultimately take (i.e., hitting while recovering as a pitcher). "It's really two different players," Mike Scioscia said. "And one does not necessarily impact the other."

Conversations about the 2018 draft

Kevin Arnovitz, Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton discuss how a prospect's profile can fluctuate leading up to the draft (1:30), how to sift through the rumor mill (10:50), the top players in the 2018 draft (19:05) and draft night questions (36:10).

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Nothing has really changed with Angels pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani. Angels are still 2-3 weeks from evaluating him after getting a PRP injection to treat the Grade 2 sprain of his UCL. But Scioscia said the team is "very optimistic about the prognosis." Ohtani is currently taking swings with only his left arm to keep his lower half active.

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6hBradford Doolittle

Kershaw nears return after simulated game

After Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw a three-inning simulated game at Wrigley Field on Monday, manager Dave Roberts said the plan is for him to pitch again in four or five days, either in a minor league rehab start or for the Dodgers.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams RB Todd Gurley has made a real effort to take part in youth football camps. He hosted another one, called M.A.D.E. Camp, alongside former teammate Trumaine Johnson in LA on Sunday. 300 kids took part. (credit: Dioburto Photography)