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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

First career at-bat as a Dodger = First career hit as a Dodger for Manny Machado

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Brian Snitker might be on to something. The Braves' skipper put Ronald Acuna in the leadoff spot tonight, the rookie's first start atop Atlanta's lineup. The 20-year old Acuna has responded, reaching base in his first two trips (1B, BB) with a pair of steals and a run scored.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Josh Hader's teammates literally stood by him during his press conference, where he addressed inflammatory tweets he had posted as a teenager: "I'm grateful for having my teammates behind me and supporting me. I hope they know the character that I really am and the person I truly am today ... I just wanted them to know I'm sorry for what I did back in the day; mistakes I made. They are a family to me."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Matt Carpenter discuss his 5 for 5 day which included three home runs and two doubles, all by the 6th inning. He came out of the game after his last HR.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper and the Nationals took BP today wearing tee shirts that had the name of the team (not the player) printed on the back. "It's about us," said manager Davey Martinez. "If we're going to do this, we've got to do it together." The disappointing Nats, who enter the second half with a .500 record, are 5.5 games behind the first-place Phillies.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Cubs historian Ed Hartig, this is the first time the Cubs have used two position players to pitch in a game since at least 1907. Catcher Victor Caratini was preceded by infielder Tommy La Stella as the Cubs are getting blown out by the Cardinals.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Unfortunately, Carpenter is out of the game, so his chance of a record-tying fourth home run and record-setting sixth extra-base hit won't happen. He settles for being the 11th player to get five extra-base hits in a game.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Have a day, Matt Carpenter! The Cardinals first baseman is 5-for-5 with three homers, two doubles and seven RBIs ... and it's only the sixth inning. With a 15-1 lead, the Cubs are going to a position player to pitch, giving Carpenter an even better chance at one of the best games in MLB history.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Carpenter is the first player in at least the last 10 seasons with 4 extra-base hits in the first 4 innings of a game.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester had one of his worst starts as a Cub. His 8 ER are tied for the most he's allowed since joining the team in 2015. It's also tied for most since 2012 and tied for 3rd most ever for him. He was pulled in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and no outs after giving up 7 hits and 5 walks.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

A quasi spring training feel to the start of today's first-day-of-the-half batting practice session. Before a few full-infield bunt drills, Yankees pitchers are working on pickoff moves. Here's Luis Severino's.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Manny Machado wearing his Dodgers uniform.

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

After his dive in last night's game at Triple-A, outfielder Clint Frazier is back in the concussion protocol, according to Aaron Boone.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Gleyber Torres will play a rehab game in Tampa on Saturday, take Sunday off, then play and also DH a rehab game at the start of next week, per Aaron Boone. The hope is the 2B will join the Yankees on Wednesday, the last day of their three-game series in Tampa.