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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Ruiz has reached base in each of his first three at-bats with the Dodgers. He has been hit by a pitch, walked and delivered a single in the fifth inning. He was brought in to help against left-handers and has done that already.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Utley has done plenty over a long career, but the play from his back might have been a new one. Utley saved a run for the Dodgers when he made a diving stop on the Cubs' Ben Zobrist and threw to first base while laying down, looking straight up at the sky.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo drove in his 88th run of the season in the fifth inning against the Dodgers on Friday. He's been overshadowed lately by a hot hitting Kris Bryant but remains in the hunt for the NL MVP. He's finished 10th and then fourth the last two years.

Flores busts game open with grand slam

It was a one-run game ... until Wilmer Flores stepped up to the plate.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers rookie Corey gets his second two-bagger (generous scoring) and is now tied for the NL doubles lead with 37. Seager seems to be solidifying his grasp on an NL rookie of the year award.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals announced that Alex Reyes will start Saturday's game against the Oakland A's. Mike Leake, who was scheduled to pitch, has been sick. Reyes has worked 9 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Asked Tigers manager Brad Ausmus if he might consider going to closer Francisco Rodriguez in a four-out save situation more with playoff race heating up. He conceded that's a possibility but insisted it would still not happen often. Why? "I think K-Rod could handle it, but I just don't think closers are built that way nowadays." he said. "I think the pitch counts get high, and I think the adrenaline see-saw is tough. A lot of closers pitch on adrenaline, and they pitch on adrenaline for one inning, and to ask them to come in for an out, and then they sit down, and try to re-pump themselves up, it's tough to do sometimes."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers rookie Corey Seager delivered his 36th double of the season. At the start of the day Friday, the only National Leaguers who had more were Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rizzo, both with 37.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver discussed picking up his first major league win in his first start at Busch Stadium:

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Nats fan introduces belly of distraction

Well here's one way to try to throw opposing pitchers off.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper on Nats rookie sensation Trea Turner: "That's somebody that's super special. I was thinking tonight, imagine if he was up in May, June, and July, or before that. We might have already ran away with this thing. Having him at the top of the lineup, there's nobody like him."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

In his first at-bat with the Dodgers, Carlos Ruiz is hit by a pitch.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Improving at home is high on the Cardinals' wish list for the coming weeks. They finally won their 30th home game with a 3-1 victory over the Oakland A's Friday night. Only two NL teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves, have worse records at their home stadiums than St. Louis (30-35). Rookie Luke Weaver picked up his first major-league win and Jedd Gyorko provided two of the Cardinals' runs with a first-inning home run, his 22nd of the season.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers INF Casey McGehee on Justin Verlander tonight: "It was the same nightmare I remember from when I was staring him down from 60 feet."

Bartolo Colon does it all for Mets

Not only did Bartolo Colon pick up his 12th win of the season, he also recorded the second multi-hit game of his career -- and scored both times he got on base.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Just two Dodgers starters have reached the seventh inning this month. In related news, Dodgers starter Bud Norris gave up one run in a 23-pitch first inning against the Cubs.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Wright gives up five first-inning runs and the Red Sox go 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and leave 12 on base in a 6-3 loss to the Royals. With the Blue Jays routing the Twins, the Sox are poised to slip one game behind Toronto in the AL East, still lead wild-card race by 1-1/2 games over Detroit.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs manager Joe Maddon discuss meeting and honoring Vin Scully on behalf of the organization.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's not abnormal to hear M-V-P chants at Nats Park. What is abnormal is hearing them for Daniel Murphy (not Bryce Harper). But that's what's starting to happen in DC. Murphy, who hit his 25th homer tonight, leads the NL in average (.346), slugging (.615), OPS (1.005), and extra-base hits (67). In related news, the Nats won again (8-5 over Colorado) and have an 8.5 game lead in the NL East.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Tracking the Dodgers' rotation is a daily affair. Rookie Julio Urias was named the starter for Saturday. Kenta Maeda was not only scheduled for Monday, he was first optioned to the AZL Dodgers but will return for the Colorado series. Sunday is TBA, but rookie Brock Stewart will likely start that day.

ESPN @espn

Gary Sanchez's unbelievable streak continues, as he smashes his 10th home run in his first 20 games. WATCH: es.pn/2bws6yT

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Behind two home runs and two stellar defensive plays from Asdrubal Cabrera, a grand slam from Wilmer Flores and seven solid innings from Bartolo Colon, the Mets topped the Phillies on Friday night. Though their plane from St. Louis didn't land until 3:30 a.m. Friday, the Mets showed no ill effects. They scored at least nine runs in consecutive games for the first time all season.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers win fifth straight with a 4-2 victory over Los Angeles Angels. Another gem for starting pitcher Justin Verlander. Closer Francisco Rodriguez called upon for the rare four-out save. Has now converted three of three this season. Game-ending double play with Erick Aybar and Ian Kinsler connecting for the win. Tigers continue to keep Indians in their sights...