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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs lefty Zac Rosscup was designated for assignment to make room for Mark Zagunis on the 40 man roster, per the team. Zagunis is starting tonight.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss the demotion of Kyle Schwarber.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Mark Zagunis discuss getting called up to the big leagues. He'll bat ninth and play RF in his ML debut on Thursday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

OF Mark Zagunis will make his ML debut on Thursday as he'll bat ninth for the Cubs who are missing Jason Heyward (hand), Ben Zobrist (wrist) and Kyle Schwarber (minors). The 2014, 3rd round pick will play RF while Ian Happ is in left. Once again, Anthony Rizzo will bat lead off as the Cubs open a series in Miami against the Marlins. Zagunis had a .399 OBP at Triple-A.

Leonte Landino ESPN Deportes 

Béisbol Esta Noche en vivo este viernes con el retiro del 34 de Big Papi para América Latina. 6 pm

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The Dodgers have scored eight or more runs in five consecutive games, their longest such streak since 1945. Only once in franchise history have they had a longer streak: six games in June 1894, when they were known as the Brooklyn Grooms.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox are retiring David Ortiz's No. 34 eight months after his last game. Even Derek Jeter had to wait two full seasons to see the Yankees retire his No. 2. John Farrell took note yesterday of the Sox's expedience with Big Papi. "The fact that his is being done so soon after retiring, I think speaks volumes -- what he's meant to the city, what he's meant to the organization."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Interesting decision by the A's to designate Stephen Vogt for assignment. He wasn't having a good season, hitting .217/.287/.357, but was an All-Star the past two seasons. They now have 10 days to trade him and given his minimal salary ($2.9 million), I could see some trading for him as a backup catcher.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have sent .171 hitter Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa, according to sources familiar with the situation. After months of struggles Schwarber will get a chance to find his game before returning to help the team down the stretch. The Cubs also placed Jason Heyward on the DL with a hand injury. Replacing those players will be pitcher Dylan Floro and OF Mark Zagunis. Zagunis was a 3rd round pick in 2014 and will make his ML debut when he enters a game.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Well, baseball survived Yasiel Puig's 32.1-second home run trot as the Dodgers beat the Mets 8-2. The Dodgers have clocked 12 home runs in the first three games of the series, already tied for third-most homers the Mets have allowed in a series in franchise history. It's up to Steven Matz stop the bleeding on Thursday.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Jarrod Dyson breaks up Justin Verlander's perfect game with a one-out bunt single in the sixth, perfectly placed past Verlander and too far for Miguel Cabrera to make a play. And, no, Dyson didn't break any sacred rules. You're trying to win a game here.

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Kenley Jansen has struck out 50 and walked none ... and done it all by throwing the same pitch almost every time.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

We're seeing vintage Justin Verlander tonight at Safeco Field. He's perfect through five innings with nine strikeouts, hitting 97 mph and blowing his fastball past the Mariners on several occasions. He's at 76 pitches, so he'll run up a high pitch count if he keeps this going.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Yasiel Puig breaks open the game with a towering, three-run moon shot of a home run to left-center, standing at home plate to admire his work. In related news: the Mets are playing a bad game of baseball.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mets load the bases with nobody out against Rich Hill in the fourth inning on a walk, single and error, but Hill responds with strikeouts of Jose Reyes, Gavin Cecchini and pitcher Tyler Pill to escape the jam. Game tied 1-1.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Knebel does a great job battling through extended at-bats to pick up save in 4-3 MIL win over Pirates--w/ incredible play by Arcia to end it

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers re-signed Rich Hill, hoping he could be their No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw, but he's had blister problems and has lost the feel and command of his curveball. He's been a little better tonight, allowing a Curtis Granderson home run through three innings, but at least hasn't walked anyone and has twice fanned Yoenis Cespedes.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Roger Clemens was at the current Yankee Stadium for the first time since it opened in 2009. A team spokesman said Clemens was making an appearance on the suite level. He met with GM Brian Cashman. Clemens walked through the clubhouse, but reporters were talking to current players. The Yankees and Clemens have kept their distance since he was named in the 2007 Mitchell Report.