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Kris Bryant hit his 36th homer of the season Wednesday. Elias notes that only two reigning Rookie of the Year winners have ever hit more in a season. Ryan Howard hit 58 in 2006 and Ryan Braun hit 37 in 2008.

Bryant's 36th HR gives Cubs early lead

Kris Bryant became the first Cubs player since Aramis Ramirez in 2006 to reach the 36-HR mark with this solo home run in the first inning against the Pirates.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcell Ozuna departed Wednesday's Mets-Marlins game in the fourth inning with a sore left wrist. Jeff Francoeur entered in the Marlins outfield.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Utley's leadoff HR in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader is the Dodgers' first RBI hit since the third inning Saturday.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Was Wilmer Flores being in the lineup to deliver a two-run homer against debuting Marlins right-hander Jake Esch more luck than shrewd strategy? Manager Terry Collins initially placed Flores at first base on Wednesday because he was 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk in his career against right-hander David Phelps. When Collins learned late that Phelps had been placed on the DL with an oblique strain and Esch had been promoted from Triple-A New Orleans, Collins decided to leave Flores in the lineup, since the Mets did not have a good handle on Esch's strengths anyway. James Loney, not Flores, typically starts at first base against right-handed pitchers. Flores delivered a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

An industry source says the Orioles are "in the process" of getting a deal done to acquire outfielder Michael Bourn from the Diamondbacks. The deal would make Bourn the second OF today to join the Orioles, who are dealing with injuries to CF Adam Jones, as well as Jones' backup, rookie Joey Rickard. Earlier on Wednesday, Baltimore claimed veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs off waivers from the Rangers. The 33-year ol Bourn ranks sixth among active players with 339 career steals.

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Max Kepler's home run in the 3rd inning was the 1,034th homer in MLB during August. That is the most home runs hit in the month of August in MLB history. It is the 2nd-most homers hit in any month in MLB history (1,069 in May 2000).

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Kris Bryant will be the 4th player to win Rookie of the Year and then League MVP the next season, (Ripken Jr., Ryan Howard, & Pedroia)

Gorkys' glove stymies Goldschmidt

Gorkys Hernandez raced back and robbed Paul Goldschmidt of extra bases in the Giants' 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Well that didn't take long. With fans at Camden Yards still taking their seats, Jose Bautista deposited the very first pitch from Yovani Gallardo over the left centerfield wall to give the Blue Jays an early 1-0 lead over the Orioles.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Teixeira has apparently recovered from his neck woes sufficiently to return to the Yankees lineup after missing two games, but Aaron Judge, who hit his first HR in 15 days in Tuesday's 5-4 Yankees win over the Kansas City Royals, gets a seat on the bench tonight against RHP Ian Kennedy. "Just a day," said manager Joe Girardi. Here's the Yankees lineup: Gardner lf, Ellsbury cf, Sanchez c, Teixeira 1b, Gregorius ss, Castro 2b, McCann DH, Headley 3b, Hicks rf, Cessa p

Rockies pinch hitter blasts first career HR

Stephen Cardullo was called up last week and came off the bench today to hit his first MLB home run in the Rockies' 7-0 win over the Dodgers.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees made two trades on Wednesday, the day before rosters expand, sending OF Ben Gamel, named International League Player of the Year on Tuesday, to Seattle for a couple on teenage RHPs, Juan De Paula and Jio Orozco. Both pitched in rookie ball this season. The Yankees also announced they had acquired OF Eric Young Jr. from Milwaukee in exchange for cash considerations. Young, a former Met, Colorado Rockie and Atlanta Brave, played in AAA this year and was assigned to the Yankees Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate. But Joe Girardi indicated he is likely to join the Yankees tomorrow when rosters expand to 40.

Rich Hill scratched from start

Dodgers lefty Rich Hill will not pitch the second game of today's doubleheader against the Rockies, with Bud Norris taking the mound instead. ESPN's Doug Padilla reports that Hill is not injured, but the area of his finger blister was tender after warming up Tuesday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said Tommy La Stella addressed the team before Wed game and seemed to be accepting by his friends/teammates. Maddon called it the concept of a team working at its best.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers starter Rich Hill is not injured, but the area of his finger blister was tender after warming up Tuesday. Dodgers playing it cautious.