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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Another short-ish night for Nats hurler Stephen Strasburg, who exits after allowing the Reds five runs on eight hits in five frames. After going six-plus innings in 13 of his first 14 starts this year, Strasburg has failed to go six in each of his last three outings.

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Masahiro Tanaka: Did not allow a run in the 1st inning tonight. He's still had more starts where he's allowed a 1st-inning run (8) than starts where he has not allowed a 1st-inning run (7).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey gave up his 22nd HR this season and it was no cheapie as Giancarlo Stanton crushed a ball with an exit velocity of 112.4 mph, yet its only Stanton's 6th hardest HR hit this year. It traveled 458 ft, according to statcast.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz says he has been in touch with ex-teammates but has intentionally avoided coming around the Red Sox's clubhouse because he doesn't want to be in the way. He knew his retirement would impact the team and didn't want to be a distraction.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

David Ortiz on what will be his next role with the Boston Red Sox after "staying away" from the team since retirement.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz: "I remember when I took batting practice at this field, I always tried to hit those numbers (on right-field facade). Big Papi was emotional before giving a speech.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"It's an honor to see my number next to those legendary (players)" -David Ortiz

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

David Ortiz's number 34 placed next to Jackie's number 42 against the Boston skyline.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Poignant moment during David Ortiz ceremony, as Kirby Puckett's family is introduced. Puckett is the reason that Ortiz chose to wear No. 34.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Fenway is decorated with '34' mowed into the grass in center field and posted on the on-deck circles. David Ortiz will be 10th person to have number retired by Red Sox, joining Ted Williams (9), Joe Cronin (4), Bobby Doerr (1), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Carlton Fisk (27), Johnny Pesky (6), Jim Rice (14), Pedro Martinez (45), Wade Boggs (26).

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The stage is set for the Big Papi number retirement ceremony at Fenway!

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Almost two months after shredding his knee, Nats centerfielder Adam Eaton is finally walking on his own. Today he moseyed over to his locker, sat down with next-door neighbor Wilmer Difo, and dropped some wisdom. Difo, a middle infielder who was called up today, is starting in CF in place of ailing Michael Taylor. In seven-plus years of professional baseball, Difo has played a grand total of 14 innings in the outfield.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks should throw either Saturday or Sunday as he recovers from tendinitis in his right hand. The Cubs want him pain free. They are hopeful he'll be back before the all-star break.

Andrea Pelkey ESPN Producer 

Adding #34 to the facade at Fenway Park tonight. David Ortiz's number will join Doerr, Cronin, Pesky, Yastrzemski, Williams, Rice, Boggs, Fisk, Martinez and Robinson over right field.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia wasn't in the Red Sox's original lineup and was supposed to be "available in an emergency situation." But Pedroia was added to the lineup a few minutes ago. He's batting second, playing his usual second base on David Ortiz Night at Fenway Park.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his lineup and the value of Jon Jay.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Jay discuss all the S.Florida natives in the lineup tonight like himself, Albert Almora and Anthony Rizzo. Jay says he's cool with the "Miami Vice" outfield tonight.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Even Blue Man Group is at Fenway to celebrate Big Papi's number retirement!

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug Fister will start Sunday. Red Sox sent scout Eddie Bane to see him in Triple-A. Recommendation was that he could help. Dave Dombrowski referred to him as depth pitcher at reasonable cost.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox also are taking a flier on third baseman Jhonny Peralta, agreeing with him on minor-league deal. He will report to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoiler alert: There's a '34' under that red cloth. Red Sox are asking fans to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. for the David Ortiz number retirement ceremony.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo will lead off his 10th straight game on Friday as Joe Maddon has 4 lefties in the lineup against righty Jose Urena of the Marlins. Jon Jay is in LF with Ian Happ in right and Miguel Montero behind the plate. The Cubs are 29th in baseball against righties with a .234 batting average.

Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mets are open for business, at a time they are 12 games out in the NL East and 14 1/2 games behind the Rockies in the race for the second wildcard. They are ready to take offers for Granderson, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera, other veterans right now.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Six years after trading for Doug Fister in a deal that helped propel the Detroit Tigers to a division title, Dave Dombrowski has reacquired him for the Red Sox. Fister, a 33-year-old right-hander, will represent starting rotation depth for Boston. He recently opted out of a minor-league contract with the Angels after three Triple-A starts.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

The Reds' rotation makeover gets underway, with Luis Castillo (No. 94 on Keith Law's Top 100 prospects) going tonight and Homer Bailey coming off the DL tomorrow. With their MLB-worst 6.12 ERA from the rotation, there's nowhere to go but up.