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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

We know starters aren't necessarily expected to go deep into games, but Chad Kuhl's record this season is a little ridiculous. This is now 12 starts in a row he hasn't gone more than five innings. Can you keep a guy like that in rotation? This is somewhat by design as the Pirates haven't let him throw 100 pitches in a game all season, but it sure taxes the bullpen.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Pirates counter with three runs off Mike Leake in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Leake allowed more than two runs just once in his first nine starts, but entered this game with a 5.28 ERA his previous five starts. The difference? His BABIP increased from .239 (probably a little lucky) to .322 (the balls in play were finding holes).

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Chad Kuhl is throwing 98 mph for the Pirates, but the Cardinals are sitting on the fastball and Greg Garcia -- who was 2-for-29 in June -- just lined a two-run single with the bases loaded to give the Cardinals the early lead in the second inning.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Rockies-Dodgers game just turned into one of the strangest and ugliest of the season (well, at least if you're a Rockies fan). At one point over the seventh and eighth innings, the Dodgers scored five straight runs on four wild pitches by Adam Ottavino. That's never happened before. Then, with a 12-6 lead in the ninth, Kenley Jansen issued his first walk of the season after 51 strikeouts. You can't predict baseball!

Guillermo Celis ESPN 

Aledmys Díaz celebra su excelente jugada a la defensiva. #PinceladaDefensiva con sabor cubano del SS de St. Louis.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the things to look for in tonight's Pirates-Cardinals game is former MVP Andrew McCutchen, who has looked revitalized since moving to the sixth spot in the lineup on May 26. It probably doesn't have anything to do with where's he's hitting, but since moving down he's hitting .385 with a 1.187 OPS and eight home runs in 27 games.

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According to Statcast, Gary Sánchez struck out on a pitch that was 2.26 feet from the center of home plate, the farthest from home plate for a pitch he has struck out on in his 100-game MLB career.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his best hitters coming up short in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Marlins.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Addison Russell discuss his shoulder ailment which caused him to leave Sunday's game against the Marlins. He's doubtful for Monday in Washington.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 4-2 to the Marlins splitting the 4 game series after another frustrating day at the plate. They left 11 men on base after earning 8 hits and 7 walks. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant combined to leave 7 on as Rizzo came up twice with the bases loaded and only managed a sac fly. Mike Montgomery didn't give up any earned runs but wasn't able to pitch around an Addison Russell error, allowing three runs to score in the first inning. Two sac flys wasn't enough offense as the Marlins take the season finale.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Russell left Sunday's game with right shoulder discomfort, a recurring ailment for him this season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs gave up three first inning runs on Sunday increasing their season total to 64 in the opening inning, second only to the Mets. All three were unearned so they actually lowered their first inning ERA, though that means nothing on the scoreboard.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Hendricks discuss his recovery from right hand tendinitis. He'll throw again on Sunday but not off a mound. It's looking less likely he'll return before the all-star break but he is making progress.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks (tendinitis) threw on Saturday. He felt good and will throw again today. Jason Heyward (hand cut) took some swings as he's getting closer to returning as well.

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Elias notes that this is the first time that the Giants have been the first team in the majors to hit 50 losses since the 1976 season. They finished that season 74-88.

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The Cardinals hit two consecutive Pirates batters with the bases loaded Saturday, first team since the Twins in 2015 to hit back-to-back batters with the bases loaded. Entering today, the Cardinals had not hit a batter with the bases loaded all season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon was surprised by the huge ovation hometown guy Anthony Rizzo got from the Marlins crowd when he pinch hit in the ninth inning on Saturday: "I was looking around," Maddon said. "Did someone walk in the door? Was it ARod and JLo? I didn't know who came in at that point. No, it was Anthony. That was pretty cool."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his outing in the Cubs 5-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs beat the Marlins 5-3 as they've taken 2 of the first 3 in the weekend series. The big hit came in the sixth when Javier Baez went to right field for a 2 run double as Cubs hitters went the opposite way three times that inning off a righty. That hasn't happened often enough this season. Jon Lester gave up a 3 run home run in the first inning then retired 13 in a row before giving way to the bullpen which sealed the deal.

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Corey Kluber has struck out 10 batters in 3 straight games, tying the franchise-record streak for 10-K games within a season, according to Elias. The others? Sam McDowell (Five times), HOFer Bob Feller (twice), CC Sabathia and Chuck Finley.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Since giving up a first inning HR, Jon Lester has retired 13 batters in a row. It's taken him 35 pitches to get through the last 3 innings after needing 40 to get through the first two.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Wilson Ramos' activation from the DL to slot in immediately behind the plate for the Rays might seem surprising since it triggered the DFA of Derek Norris, especially when injuries have pressed DH Corey Dickerson into action in LF. But Ramos did throw out 2 of 7 SB attempts in nine minor-league rehab starts behind the plate. If he's ready to both catch and rake -- big if's -- he'll give the Rays' offense another big righty bat to balance against the huge years lefties Logan Morrison and Dickerson are delivering.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

In yet another indication how different this season is for the Cubs, Jon Lester just gave up his fourth multi run HR in 2017 which is one more than he gave up all of last year with men on base.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Franklin Barreto homered in his debut, and Jaycob Brugman and Matt Olson added their first career homers as well to become the first trio in MLB history to hit their first HRs in the same game. Will that add up to enough runs to get fellow rookie Daniel Gossett his first career win?

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said he doesn't expect Ben Zobrist (wrist) back in the lineup for their next series in Washington. He's in Chicago getting treatment right now and could go on a rehab assignment before returning.