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Playoff preview? Joe Maddon downplays Cubs-Dodgers series

Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't expect to learn much this weekend that he could use in a potential postseason rematch with the Dodgers.

Gary Sanchez keeps on crushing (0:28)
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11mMark Simon

Jay Bruce not bummed out by brief benching

New York Mets right-fielder Jay Bruce was out of the lineup Saturday after an 0-for-4, four-strikeout night, but he seemed confident he would rebound.

Harper's antics lead to ejection (0:39)
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Meet the 2016 Little Big Leaguers

Ever marvel at how young some major leaguers look? We celebrate them here with a look at those whose facial appearance most resemble Little Leaguers.

Trumbo belts MLB-leading 39th homer (0:22)
Scherzer heating up at right time (1:16)
Ellis trade 'somewhat risky' for Dodgers (1:37)
Ortiz's final season 'stunning' (0:52)


Just a little off...

This intentional walk couldn't have gone any worse.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers rookie Julio Urias needed 31 pitches in the first inning but just 51 over the next four. The kid continues to absorb knowledge quickly. The Dodgers lead the Cubs 3-1 in the fifth inning.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

If Koji Uehara (strained pectoral) is able to return and pitch well in September, it would ease many concerns about the Red Sox's bullpen. But will he? On Friday, he threw 53 pitches off a mound "with good intensity," according to manager John Farrell. Uehara will throw again Monday, possibly facing a few hitters. Said Farrell: "He's making some pretty good strides."

Finally healthy, Molina helping fuel Cards

After a sluggish start to his 2016 season, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina feels as healthy as he has all season, and he and the Cardinals are back in the thick of the postseason mix. Better late than never

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel was pulled after just 39 pitches in a 3-1 game against Dodgers on Saturday. We've seen this act before as Joe Maddon did similar last season in the second half several times with Hammel but this year the righty had been throwing well until his last start in Colorado. Hammel did not looked please coming out so early.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Follow up to Zobrist sac bunt batting cleanup: It's the first attempt in the first inning by a cleanup hitter this year. (ESPN Stats and Info)

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets rightfielder Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on Friday night, so on Saturday he was out of the starting lineup. Bruce is hitting .160 with two home runs in 81 at-bats since his acquisition from the Reds. "He's gotten off to a slow start," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "He knows it, we know it. It's all about battling through it. I told him to relax a little bit, get something good to hit and put a good swing on it."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs cleanup hitter Ben Zobrist just sac bunted with 2 on, 1 run in and no outs in the first inning against the Dodgers Urias. It was a curious move as the Cubs were off to a good start but Zobrist has done this at least once before -- w 2 strikes no less -- when he claimed he wasn't seeing the ball well. Maybe that was the case again here though it didn't work out as both runners were left stranded after the bunt.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers rookie Corey Seager now has the most home runs for a shortstop in Dodgers history. He hit his 23rd in the first inning Saturday against the Cubs.

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets manager Terry Collins said the team had no sense of when Justin Ruggiano would be able to return from his left shoulder injury, so on Saturday they had infielder T.J. Rivera take fly balls in the outfield to prepare for a potential role there. Collins said the Mets don't expect to see a left-handed starter for another week, which would give Rivera some time to prepare. Rivera has played eight career minor league games in the outfield, all in left field.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Vin Scully will call one inning of Sunday's game between the Dodgers and Cubs in both the Los Angeles and Chicago markets. The Chicago broadcast will carry Scully's call for the third inning. Said Cubs manager Joe Maddon: "I think it's an absolute treat for the people of Chicago. I'm sure most of them have heard him before, but if you haven't, it will be an absolute treat."

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Infielder T.J. Rivera's stay in Las Vegas was a very, very short one. Rivera was recalled after outfielder Justin Ruggiano was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that he reaggravated on Friday. Rivera is hitting .314 in 11 games with the Mets. He was demoted on Friday when Neil Walker returned from paternity leave. Ruggiano was hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs in eight games.