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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Cubs are 18-4 this month, .818 win pct. They haven't played .818 baseball in a calendar month of at least 10 games since 23-3 in Sept 1935

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Yu Darvish joined a cool group tonight: Jake Arrieta, Adam Wainwright, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Cain. ... The 5 pitchers to HR vs Reds this year!

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Sellout crowd of 39,100 in DC to watch Nats/Orioles. That's about 50% more than there were at Camden Yards on Tuesday. The eye test (way more orange tonight than red yesterday) says that O's fans take this geographic rivalry way more seriously than Nats fans.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Trea Turner just tallied his 8th straight hit, tying a Nationals record. Not bad for a rookie.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Tuesday: Chase Utley has a sore foot. Wednesday: Chase Utley is batting leadoff and is at second base. Life with the Dodgers these days.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Marlins acquiring Jeff Francoeur, it's worth noting this about the Mets: Team officials are not expecting to make any acquisitions the remainder of this month. They did put in a claim on a reliever earlier this month, but did not win the claim. You may recall the Mets acquired Addison Reed in August 2015.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Ángel Pagán's bat and glove are emblazoned with the nickname given to him by his teammates in 2012, "Pag-Man", in honor of his favorite boxer, Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce departed Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in the second inning with a cramp in the right calf, the Mets announced. He was replaced by Alejandro De Aza.

Yu Darvish cracks first MLB home run

Darvish went deep to straightaway center in the top of the fifth, his first MLB homer in just 15 plate appearances. The Rangers starter has his squad leading the Reds 5-3 after 5. Follow live

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Billy Hamilton month-to-month on-base percentage in 2016, April through August: .283, .294, .319, .299, .407.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

After the All-Star break, Joey Votto is second in MLB in hits (56) and tied for first in walks (29), a seemingly impossible combination.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bipartisan Nats/O's crowd chanting "U-S-A" as first pitch thrower (and DC native) Katie Ledecky is shown on the Nats Park jumbotron in between innings.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Mookie Betts in hitters' counts of 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 or 3-1 this season: 56-for-109 (.514), 13 doubles, 2 triples, 13 homers.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce departed Wednesday's game in the top of the second inning with the escort of a trainer. Bruce had legged out a double and was removed for a pinch runner later in the frame. The Mets did not immediately announce the nature of the injury.