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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom said he's at a loss for why his pitches are too frequently going down the middle and hittable. He insisted he does not have fatigue and would not benefit from getting skipped.


David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols both had four-hit games tonight. They're second and third in the majors in four-hit games since Pujols debuted in 2001. The leader? No surprise, it's Ichiro with 53. Cabrera has 44 and Pujols 42. Pujols' 584th home run also means he broke a tie with Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time list.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 17 games with a fourth-inning single. He entered Wednesday in the top 10 in the NL in a number of offensive categories for August, including batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs and RBI.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins expects another roster move to bring up a bullpen arm. He does not expect a move as far as an outfielder because Jay Bruce's injury is just a bruise.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said Jay Bruce's calf "knotted up" when he took right field in the first inning. The leg tightened after his double and was swollen. Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes twisted his right ankle during the game. As for Jacob deGrom's recent struggles, Collins said: "At this stage of the season the first thing you look at is fatigue."

Britton allowed first earned run since April

Orioles closer Zach Britton allowed his first earned run since April 30 in the ninth inning of Baltimore's 10-8 win over the Nationals Wednesday. It was the longest streak of appearances without an earned run since 1920.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Turner's 24th home run for the Dodgers was also his 20th in his last 61 games, going back to June 10. The blast gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning against the Giants.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Justin Turner breaks up Johnny Cueto's no-hitter in the 5th inning with his 24th HR of the season. Cueto has allowed 9 HR in 62.2 innings-pitched since July 1. He allowed 7 in 113.2 IP in the first 3 months of the season.

Ortiz hits 30th home run of the season

With a two-run homer in the top of the first, David Ortiz reached 30 home runs and 100 RBIs for the 10th time in his career. He now has the most HR in a single season in MLB history for a player 40 years old or older.


Here Bryce, hold these

Before U.S. swimming star Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch at Wednesday's Orioles-Nationals game, she handed Bryce Harper the five medals she won in Rio to hold.


Pujols passes McGwire on all-time HR list

Albert Pujols hit the 584th home run of his career, which pushes him past Mark McGwire into 10th place on the all-time home runs list.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles closer Zach Britton just gave up an earned run for the first time since April, as Anthony Rendon doubled in Bryce Harper. Oh by the way, the O's almost blew a 10-3 lead in the ninth. But Britton escaped by getting Ryan Zimmerman on a game-ending DP. Baltimore wins 10-8 and can sweep the Battle of the Beltway with a win over Washington tomorrow.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have finally found their identity. They will try to mash their way to the World Series. Randal Grichuk seems to be the embodiment of the new philosophy, one that is not typically associated with the Cardinals. Since he came back from a minor-league demotion, Grichuk has 13 hits, 12 of them for extra bases. The Cardinals have hit 177 home runs, easily the most in the National League.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Daniel Murphy must not like being second-best. On the first day since May 8th that he wasn't leading the NL in hitting (D.J. LeMahieu was), the Nats slugger has gone 3-for-5, including a ninth inning grand slam. Murphy's first career salami, it cuts the O's lead to 10-7.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Corey Seager steps to the plate in the first inning holding a 14-game hitting streak. The Dodgers' rookie is batting .509 (29-for-57) in that stretch.

Yu Darvish helps himself with first career HR

The Rangers pitcher made his night on the mound a little easier when he hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to give Texas a lead in its eventual 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.