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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...

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

With Michael Wacha knocked out of the rotation with a shoulder injury and Adam Wainwright struggling this month, the Cardinals have been in need of some good news for their not-very-good rotation. Luke Weaver gave them some with six strong innings against the light-hitting Oakland A's Friday night. Manager Mike Matheny said he thought Weaver was trying to be too perfect with his pitches in his first two major-league starts, but Weaver breezed through six innings against Oakland, allowing just four hits and striking out seven batters.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Fourteen runs, 18 hits and another huge night for Gary Sanchez (single, double, HR, 4 RBI) as the Yankees take game 1 of their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. The 14-4 win put the Yankees five games over .500 (66-61) for the first time all season and moved them to within 3-1/2 games of the second AL wild card spot. Cessa gets the win to go 4-0.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers got tricky with the roster, as they optioned Kenta Maeda to the Arizona Rookie League. He is not expected to report there. Since that team's season ends Sunday, Maeda can come right back and start for the Dodgers on Monday. The Dodgers needed roster space for both Carlos Ruiz and Brock Stewart.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Justin Verlander salutes Comerica Crowd as he walks toward dugout. Standing ovation for a stellar 7 2/3 inning performance, though one has to imagine he wanted the chance to get that final out. 10-pitch battle with Cliff Pennington ended with a strikeout for the second out of the eighth inning but an RBI double from Kole Calhoun prompts manager Brad Ausmus to go to the bullpen with Verlander's pitch count climbing and Mike Trout up to bat.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Luis Cessa wasn't nearly as dominant as his last outing (6 shutout innings vs LAA) but plenty good enough when staked to 12 runs by the Yankees offense against the Baltimore Orioles tonight. Cessa went 6 again, allowing 3 runs on five hits, two of them HRs by Manny Machado, and leaves in a position to improve his record to 4-0.

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

On a night in which it seemed like every Met was turning the clock back, Bartolo Colon reached back to 2002. That year marked the last time Colon had two hits in a game, until Friday night. Colon also matched his longest no-hit bid of the season, taking one 4 1/3 innings.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

A little over a week ago, the Tigers decided to give struggling outfielder Justin Upton a three-day break to "reset." That respite appears to have yielded the intended results. Two-run laser in the sixth inning is Upton's fourth home run in the past five games. 3-1 Tigers

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Gary Sanchez Story continues to re-write itself. The 23-year-old Yankee rookie catcher has three hits in five innings against the Orioles tonight, including his 10th HR of the season, a 2-run shot that made it 12-1 Yankees. Sanchez' 10 HRs in a month -- actually 22 days so far -- is a Yankees rookie record. He is batting .408.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jedd Gyorko is the walking embodiment of the Cardinals' newfound power, which is sprinkled throughout the lineup. Gyorko, who was signed to be a utility infielder, has become an everyday player due to injuries and leads the National League with 15 home runs since the All-Star break. He took Ross Detwiler deep in the first inning with a man on base.The Cardinals have nine players with 10 or more home runs.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Alex Rodriguez had seven doubles and nine homers this year before being released. And now so does Gary Sanchez, in 20 games.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon and David Ross presented Vin Scully with the number 67 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard as well the Dodgers flag that flies at Wrigley. Maddon also gave him a set of his t-shirts from Do Simple Better to Try Not to Suck. He's hoping Scully will wear them in retirement.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says things are progressing well with his injured pitchers as John Lackey (shoulder) and Hector Rondon (triceps) have been throwing while Pedro Strop is also taking steps in his rehab from a knee injury.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz has more career doubles than Hank Aaron. Let that sink in for a moment. Ortiz's 625th double, a ground-ruler in the third inning at Fenway, moves him past Aaron and into 10th place on the all-time list.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who gave up a home run and double in consecutive at-bats in the first inning, has retired seven straight since that point. He's aiming to record his ninth straight quality start tonight; 33-year-old ace's resurgence this season has been critical to keeping the Tigers in playoff race, particularly considering the number of injuries and lack of experience within current rotation.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo and Clayton Kershaw talk before the Cubs/Dodgers game on Friday.

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Steve Stricker throws out first pitch at CitiField, then Mets hit back-to-back home runs to start. Maybe the Phillies should've signed him.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox load the bases with one out in the bottom of the first inning and, naturally, the next two batters -- in this case, Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. -- strike out. The Sox lead the league in runs, but they're only 24-for-113 (.212) with the bases loaded.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, on joining the Dodgers: "I'm ready to play in October. That is my goal and I'm excited."