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Red Sox starter Chris Sale needs nine strikeouts Saturday night against the Yankees, in what will be his 25th game of 2017, to reach 250 strikeouts this season. Two pitchers in major league history have had 250 strikeouts in 25 or fewer games: Randy Johnson in 1997 (25), 1999 (24), 2000 (25) and 2001 (23), and Pedro Martínez in 2000 (25). (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The only thing that changes for the Dodgers from day to day is how they win, not whether they win. On Saturday, it was a 3-0 whitewashing of the Tigers. Hyun-Jin Ryu threw five scoreless innings and three relievers tacked on four more. In his first game for LA, Curtis Granderson went 0 for 4 but reached on an error and scored the game's first run. The Dodgers have won six straight, 21 of 24 and 52 of 61. Now at 53 games over .500, it's getting kind of ridiculous.

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Aroldis Chapman is being taken out of the Yankees' closer role to work on location issues, said manager Joe Girardi. es.pn/2fUHydN

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Esto es parte de lo que nos dijo el dirigente Joe Girardi sobre remover a Aroldis Chapman de su rol como cerrador de los Yankees: "Ha estado batallando durante los últimos 10 días, dos semanas. Y pienso que lo mejor que podemos hacer para que pueda retomar el buen camino es moverlo en su rol un poco hasta que le comience a ir bien de nuevo; una vez retome el buen camino como creo que sucederá, entonces hay una buena probabilidad de que lo pondré de nuevo en el rol de cerrador. Traté de explicarle lo importante que es él para nosotros. Y que creemos en él y que está pasando por un momento difícil y tenemos que ayudarlo a retomar el buen camino. Y así será. La ley de promedios nos dice que así será. Es un poco parecido a lo que sucede con un bateador cuando pasa por un mal momento en el plato. Con el tiempo las cosas regresan a su nivel. Creo que vendrá un buen momento para él, realmente creo en eso."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers announced that Cody Bellinger has a mild right ankle sprain and is listed as day to day. Bellinger turned the ankle running down a fly ball on the warning track in right field in the sixth but was able to finish the inning. Yasiel Puig pinch hit for him in the seventh.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is what Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about removing Aroldis Chapman from the closer role: "He's been scuffling for the last 10 days, two weeks. And I just thought for us to get him on track maybe the best way would be to move him around a little bit until he gets going and then when we get him going like I believe he will get going there's a good chance I'll put him right back in that closer's role. I tried to stress to him how important he is to us. And that we believe in him and he's just going through a hard time and we need to get him right. And he'll get right. The law of averages is he's going to get right. It's kind of like a hitter when they go through slumps. Over time it's going to even out. I think he's got a good run coming up, I really believe that."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig is on deck to bat for Cody Bellinger in the seventh, so maybe the ankle the Dodgers' star rookie turned hasn't loosened up. Will update when we get more info. It's still scoreless. Detroit's Michael Fulmer has limited LA to two hits through 6 1/3 innings.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

We're through six scoreless innings in Detroit between the Dodgers and Tigers. Scary moment for LA in the bottom of the sixth when Cody Bellinger turned his right ankle while running down Nick Castellanos' fly ball to the right field warning track. He limped around for a minute under the watch of manager Dave Roberts and the trainer but remained in the game.

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How cold have the Tampa Bay Rays' batters been since the All-Star break (hitting .214 over that span)? Entering Saturday, there were 12 pitchers with at least 10 plate appearances this season who have a batting average better than .214.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that starter Yu Darvish will miss his next scheduled start in Pittsburgh because of residual problems with a sore back. Darvish is expected to miss only one outing.

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He may be only 20, but Rafael Devers has already left his mark on the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry. es.pn/2ig9g5C

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the starting lineup for the Dodgers today, featuring Curtis Granderson for the first time.

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With Curtis Granderson joining the Dodgers, looks like Joc Pederson may be the odd man out. His locker in the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park is empty. Pederson started Friday's game, showing off a new batting stance meant to help him shake out of an offensive funk.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The New York Mets announce that catcher René Rivera was awarded to the Chicago Cubs on a waiver claim.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Joc Pederson's playing time seems most logically in jeopardy following Curtis Granderson's acquisition by the Dodgers, as Pederson was struggling mightily, batting .156/.253/.312 in 28 games since the All-Star break. Pederson wasn't widely owned in ESPN leagues (16.9 percent), but I've often reminded how at-bats are precious in "only" leagues. NL-only owners could consider Brandon Nimmo, who should see a corresponding rise in playing time. Nimmo's year has been disappointing but it makes a lot of sense for the Mets to play him somewhat regularly to see what they've got for 2018.