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Carmine Carcieri ESPN 

Rodgers' teammates have told him that Hartford's new park, Dunkin' Donuts Park, is the "best place to play at" with the "best fans." During his pregame availability, Rodgers also said he will work on his defense for the rest of the season as he gets reps at both SS and 2B.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jason Heyward discuss his recovery from a really bad cut on his hand. He took more swings today.

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Carmine Carcieri ESPN 

SS Brendan Rodgers is taking cuts before his home debut with Hartford. In 14 at-bats at the Double-A level, the prospect is hitting .143 with two strikeouts.

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Carmine Carcieri ESPN 

After hitting .400 at the Advanced A level, Rockies top prospect and former No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft, Brendan Rodgers, is making his fifth appearance with Double-A Hartford on Monday. Rodgers was called up to the Yard Goats this past week.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss leading off for the first time. He walked twice coming off the bench on Sunday but did a double take when he got the text this morning.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker on the impact of possibly adding reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who's reportedly in talks with the Nats: "Depends if he's the same K-Rod. I'd take Sandy Koufax, but he might not be the same Sandy Koufax."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon is at it again. He has catcher Willson Contreras leading off on Monday against the Nationals followed by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Rookies Ian Happ, Jeimer Candelario and Mark Zagunis are also starting, along with Albert Almora Jr. It's the first time in the last 12 games, in which he's played, Rizzo won't lead off.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have made some DL moves. Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) is back, while Aaron Hicks (oblique) has been placed on the DL. Hicks could be about 3 or 4 weeks.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cardinals take the final game of the series against the Pirates, but they're still just 13-25 over their past 28 games. One thing they need is more bullpen efforts like Sunday night's, as four relievers combined for one hit over three scoreless innings. The Cards have seven losses when leading entering the seventh inning -- and now they're 4-7 when tied thanks to a four-run seventh.

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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.