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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Before the game, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts long-tossed, throwing the ball from RF foul line toward the Monster. JBJ: over everything.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

This week's power rankings from here: 1. Nats 2. Cubs 3. NYY 4. O's 5. Colorado 6. CLE 7. HOU 8. D-Backs 9. Boston 10. STL. Fire away.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the first month of the season for the defending champs. They'll either end it 14-10 or 13-11, either way, Maddon likes what he's seen.

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Kris Bryant's got a hot bat, but will he keep it up in front of the Fenway faithful? Sunday Night Baseball Guide: es.pn/2pla4Yd

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist and Justin Grimm sign autographs before the Cubs finale against the Red Sox.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Sobering observation from ESPN Stats & Info: The Nationals have scored 73 runs since Tuesday. The Royals have scored 63 all season.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Big win for the Orioles over the Yankees today after blowing a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning -- two days after blowing an 11-4 lead in the seventh inning and losing 12-4 on Saturday. Zach Britton should be ready on Wednesday and Buck Showalter can't wait to get his closer back.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Amazing stat f/ D'backs' broadcast: In 338 games, there has been one 1-0 game in Rockies-vs.-D'Backs history. They are scoreless in the 9th.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi: "That's Freddy Lynn reincarnated. I'm not afraid to say it."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Anthony Rendon is the 4th player in the last 100 years to bat 6-for-6 and hit 3 HR in a single game. The others? Shawn Green (2002), Edgardo Alfonzo (1999) and Ty Cobb (1925). His 10 RBI are the most in a such games.

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The Nationals scored 170 runs this month, the most they've scored in a single month since moving to Washington in 2005, and the most the franchise has scored in any month since August of 1999 when the Expos scored 180 runs.

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In Sunday's 23-5 BLOWOUT of the Mets, Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon doubled some of his previous stat counts and hit his first three home runs of the season.

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Rangers DH Shin-Soo Choo launched a 433-footer close to dead-center in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Angels.

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Anthony Rendon is the 4th player in the last 100 years to bat 6-for-6 and hit 3 HR in a single game. The others? Shawn Green (2002), Edgardo Alphonso (1999) and Ty Cobb (1925). His 10 RBI are the most in a such games.

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Nationals C Matt Wieters homered in two straight innings in Sunday's 25-3 rout of the Mets.

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Brewers RF Domingo Santana hit two homers in back-to-back innings during Sunday's 4-3 win over the Braves.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

For a bit, we simultaneously had a catcher pitching (Kevin Plawecki) and a pitcher playing first base (Bryan Mitchell). Interesting day.