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ICYMI: Aly Raisman threw the first pitch at Fenway, but first had David Ortiz hold her Olympic medals. WATCH:

Raisman has Ortiz hold her medals

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park, but before she did so she needed someone to hold onto the three medals she won in Rio. Here, take these, David Ortiz.


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.


Nats fan introduces belly of distraction

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


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant is on fire. He's hit his 34 and 35th HR's of the season on Friday against the Dodgers. The second one coming in the tenth inning to break a 4-4 tie. He has 9 HR's this month. The Cubs are 3 outs away from a come from behind win as Bryant continues to make his case for MVP.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant hit his league leading (tied) 34th home run of the season, a blast to center in the 8th. The run means the Cubs have scored at least 3 in 24 consecutive games, the most games in a row since 1996. The Dodgers still lead 4-3.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez hit six HRs during a 17-game hit streak that ended Thursday. His HR in the seventh inning against the Cubs on Friday could be the start of another streak. The Dodgers lead 4-2.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Big moment for Mike Montgomery as he works out of another jam in the fifth. He's been off his game but kept the Cubs in it having thrown 5 innings using a season high 91 pitches. He only trails 3-2 having given up 6 hits and 4 walks. Not the best outing but perhaps it's a learning experience as Joe Maddon left him despite clearly not having his best command.

Katie Strang 

Some perspective on Tigers LF Justin Upton's recent production: Following Friday's two-run homer, Upton has 4 HR's and 11 RBI in last five games. In the months of April and May combined -- a span of 48 games -- he had 3 HR's and 11 RBI, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Streaky player. Tigers just hope he can sustain what he's doing now. Said pitcher Justin Verlander: 'He can carry a club by himself when he gets hot."

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.


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 

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:


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."