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Megan Moureaux ESPN 

One of only two baseballs made available for the public from Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter is up for auction tonight at Kershaw's Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event. Starting bid is $5,500.

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J.D. Martinez is the 6th player with 20+ HR in each of the last 4 seasons (Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo, Edwin Encarnación, Khris Davis, Nelson Cruz). He has now hit grand slams for both AL (Tigers) and NL (Diamondbacks) teams this season.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was thrown out in the seventh for arguing balls and strikes. He did a poor man's Billy Martin impersonation, drawing a little line in the dirt near the plate. It was his third ejection of the year.

Megan Moureaux ESPN 

Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen are hosting their 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event for their organization, Kershaw's Challenge, at Dodger Stadium tonight.

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Megan Moureaux ESPN 

Clayton Kershaw talks about what it means to have his Dodger teammates come out to support his Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event on one of the team's limited home off days.

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Megan Moureaux ESPN 

Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen said they are proud parents after their daughter Cali threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium last night for Kershaw's bobblehead night. They hope their son Charlie will be next.

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Megan Moureaux ESPN 

Clayton Kershaw is rocking his ping pong themed socks tonight for the Kershaw family's "Ping Pong 4 Purpose" charity event being held at Dodger Stadium.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girard's quick trigger totally backfired on him in the fifth inning. Girardi took out starter CC Sabathia with one out, even though Sabathia had only allowed two runs. With right-handed hitter up in DH Trevor Plouffe, Girardi lifted Sabathia for righty Chad Green. Sabathia looked mad about the decision as he left the field after 86 pitches. It didn't work out for Girardi as Rays manager Kevin Cash countered and pinch-hit lefty Brad Miller. Miller promptly doubled to give the Rays the lead.

Megan Moureaux ESPN 

Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen are ready for their Ping Pong 4 Purpose event at Dodger Stadium tonight. Clayton will not be playing in the tournament, but is making up for it with his outfit and ping pong socks.

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With his third strikeout on Thursday, CC Sabathia passed Cy Young for 20th all-time in strikeouts. Sabathia now has 2,800 career strikeouts.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

CC Sabathia struck out his 2,800th batter of his career to surpass Cy Young on the all-time list at No. 20.

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After his 2nd-inning double, Jacoby Ellsbury is now 21-41 (.512) in his career vs Chris Archer, the best average by any active major-leaguer with at least 40 at-bats against an active big-league pitcher, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Next on the list: Dustin Pedroia vs Scott Kazmir (.489), Matt Carpenter vs Wily Peralta (.478) and Matt Kemp vs Jorge De La Rosa (.471).

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Braves' demotion of Dansby Swanson to the minors may seem a bit odd at this point in the season, but of 167 qualified regulars, he ranks 163rd in wRC+. His 23 percent strikeout rate is too high without the power numbers to compensate. Most problematic: He's hitting just .217 against fastballs and .186 against 93-plus. Seems like he simply can't catch up to good velocity.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

World Series winning manager Joe Maddon talking with college football champion Dabo Swinney.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

There is some sentiment in the market that Tigers SS Jose Iglesias will be moved before the deadline.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs getting ready to stretch and then take batting practice before they take on the White Sox tonight.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Lucas Duda seemed a good fit for the Mariners, Red Sox or Yankees, but instead goes to the Rays for minor league reliever Drew Smith. With Corey Dickerson playing more in the outfield of late, Duda will slide into the DH role that has been occupied by the struggling Brad Miller. The Rays are third in the AL in home runs and now added another lefty masher. Good move.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

TB lineup could look like this soon: CF Kiermaier, LF Dickerson, 3B Longoria, 1B LoMo, RF Souza, Jr., DH Duda, C Ramos, 2B Beckham, SS Hechy

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda is homering at the same rate as Michael Conforto and walking at the same rate as Yonder Alonso. And from the safety of the DH slot, he won't have to try throwing home. A nice stretch addition for the Rays.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Give the Rays credit -- they are taking on all the salary for Lucas Duda, about $2.5 million, after taking Adeiny's $, as well.