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Shohei Ohtani is the 5th Angels player with at least 20 extra-base hits through 50 career games (as a hitter).

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani is one of only two Angels with multiple hits against the Astros today. His three swings produced exit velocities of 108.3, 106.5 and 106.9 mph, per Statcast.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Carpenter hit his 25th home run of the season, coming off the bench tonight. It's his 6th straight game hitting a home run, including one in Game 1 of the doubleheader this afternoon after hitting 3 on Friday. The homers in 6 straight are a Cards single season franchise record (Elias) while Carpenter's last 12 hits have all gone for extra bases, also a franchise record for the modern era (1900).

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN Stats & Information: George Springer, 28, now has five career grand slams on the road, the most in Astros history. He broke a tie with Jeff Bagwell.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Astros' run-differential is up to plus-193, which is 34 runs higher than the second-place Red Sox. They lead the Majors in ERA and rank fourth in OPS, so, um, yeah.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez and Joe Maddon were kicked out of the game after Baez got upset with home plate umpire Will Little on a check swing strike 3 call to end the fifth inning with two men on base and the Cubs tailing 1-0. Baez wanted Little to ask for help from the first base umpire but he was denied as Little did not hesitate on the call. Maddon came out to argue and was subsequently tossed as well. It's the first ejection for Baez in his career.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani's 106-mph double off Justin Verlander gave him 19 extra-base hits in 142 at-bats this season. He's slugging .517, 109 points above the league average.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels who are healthy are batting a combined .102 in their careers against Justin Verlander, with 57 strikeouts in 167 at-bats. With the 4 o'clock start, they'll also spend some time hitting in the shadows. This should be fun.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Mookie Betts steals a home run, after settling at the wall and then leaping to pull back a long drive.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs lefty Drew Smyly (Tommy John) will throw a simulated game on Sunday then probably one more next week before heading out to the minors on a rehab assignment. He's expected to join the bullpen in August but the Cubs haven't ruled out a start for him if its needed as he's able.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Ben Zobrist discuss his perfect day at the plate and his amazement at seeing Javy Baez play defense.

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Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Los Texas Rangers reactivaron hoy al lanzador puertorriqueño Alex Claudio, quien estuvo en la lista de lastimados del 11 al 20 de julio por torcedura de tobillo izquierdo. El relevista zurdo tiene marca de 4-2 con 4.32 carreras limpias admitidas de efectividad esta temporada.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Domingo Acevedo‘ time with the Yankees was short lived. He was just optioned back to Double-A.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Echoing Aaron Boone, Aroldis Chapman says his knee is feeling OK. Chapman said it's actually getting better. He chalked up his outing to simply having a bad day.