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Scooter Gennett became the first player with four grand slams and a four-home run game in the same season in MLB history. Lou Gehrig is the only other player to accomplish both at any point of his career. His four-home run game happened in 1932 and his four grand slams occurred in 1934.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Javy Báez wrote the initials P.R. on his cap to honor those affected by Hurricane Maria in his homeland of Puerto Rico. This afternoon, two days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Báez was finally able to speak to his youngest brother Gadiel. He told Báez that his mom and the rest of his family are safe, despite some flooding and having no water and no electricity.

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Scooter Gennett hit his MLB-leading fourth grand slam of the season. He is the first Reds player with four grand slams in a season. The last player with that many grand slams in a season was Albert Pujols (five in 2009).

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scooter Gennett bashes his fourth grand slam of season, a Reds record, to put the Red Sox in a 4-1 hole. It's the league-leading 36th homer allowed by Rick Porcello this season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Javy Baez discuss the effects of Hurricane Maria on his family in Puerto Rico.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss the Cubs newest thing: Venting as a team in the clubhouse during the game when called on from a player who needs it. Javier Baez originally let the secret out.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Benintendi, native of suburban Cincinnati, will have sizable rooting contingent here. "I don't know anyone who's not coming," the Red Sox left fielder said, uncertain of an exact number. Benintendi was honored at his old school in Madeira, Ohio, which had the fourth-grade chorus sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" and "Sweet Caroline."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Justin Verlander, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez have departed, and now the Tigers have announced that Brad Ausmus will not return as manager in 2018. General manager Al Avila said the team is looking for "a new approach and a fresh start" with its next managerial hire. The Tigers are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, so it's likely they'll be looking for a developmental type as they move on from Ausmus. He posted a 312-325 record in his four seasons with the franchise.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Reds reliever Luke Farrell, son of Red Sox manager John Farrell, might get to face his dad's team here this weekend. Luke, who wears his father's No. 52, and John had breakfast today and walked to the ballpark together. "I don't know how many times this has happened in the history of baseball," Luke said. "It's a pretty cool experience."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Avila starts behind the plate for the Cubs on Friday as Willson Contreras will get the night off. The Cubs and Brewers play an early Saturday game so Joe Maddon is splitting up the catching duties. Jon Jay leads off again with Ben Zobrist batting clean up.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss the Cubs hanging tough to get a late win against Milwaukee on Thursday. Bryant homered in the tenth inning to help them to victory,

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Magic number update: The Red Sox have clinched at least a wild-card spot while their magic numbers to win the AL East remains at 8. The Red Sox play at Cincinnati this weekend while the Yankees head to Toronto. Other magic numbers: Dodgers: 1 (to win NL West) Cubs: 6 (to win NL Central) Yankees: 2 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 3 (to clinch wild card)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Padres play spoiler, shutting out the Rockies as Clayton Richard and two relievers combine for 12 strikeouts. The Rockies are shut out for the second straight day and lose their fourth in a row as they drop to 0-3 on what was supposed to be an easy road trip to San Francisco and San Diego. Those road hitting blues are sneaking up at the wrong time. Also sneaking up: The Cardinals, who take advantage of Rockies and Brewers losses to inch 1.5 games behind the Rockies for the second wild card.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss if he felt any soreness in his right hamstring during his first start back from his injury.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss his outing and the Cubs victory over Milwaukee on Thursday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss the Cubs hanging tough to get a late win against Milwaukee on Thursday. Bryant homered in the tenth inning to help them to victory,

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

A gut punch of a loss for the Brewers as the Cubs just about wrap up the NL Central with an extra-inning win, but just like Wednesday, the Brewers made a crucial miscue in the field that led to a game-tying run and later lost on a two-run home run. They're now 4.5 back of the Cubs and they need to win the next three games of this series to have a chance at the division title.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs beat the Brewers 5-3 after Kris Bryant hit a two run home run in the tenth inning to finish off a drama filled night. A 2-1 Cubs lead turned into a 3-2 Mil advantage due to some shaky relief pitching but down to his last strike, with two outs in the ninth, Javy Baez drove in the tying run with a base hit. Then closer Wade Davis escaped a bases loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the inning getting a strikeout and a comebacker, before Bryant's heroics the next inning. Davis got the final 5 outs, including four by strikeout, for the win, as the Cubs magic number dropped to 6 after a thrilling victory.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Will that ninth inning be the inning Brewers fans remember if they miss the playoffs by one game? Late covering first and then a two-out, two-strike hit to tie it, and then they load the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame and can't score the winning run. It's now a game of bullpen depth. Oliver Drake on for the Brewers -- who are 4-9 in extra innings.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Brewers were one strike from victory, but Javy Baez hit a slow grounder up the middle off a pretty good splitter from Jeremy Jeffress for the game-tying base hit. With Orlando Arcia shifted way over towards third base, he had no chance to make a play. And with a heavily taxed bullpen, if the Brewers don't win it here it will be interesting to see who Craig Counsell uses in extra innings.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Brewers take the lead! Domingo Santana doubles, steals third off Justin Wilson and then Eric Thames lines a single to right-center over a drawn-in infield. Craig Counsell could have hit for Thames, but left him in for the lefty-lefty matchup. It appears former Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress will pitch the top of the ninth with Corey Knebel getting the day off after pitching three games in a row.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta is done after 5 innings and 71 pitches which was about the plan from the outset in his return from a hamstring injury. He gave up a hit in every inning but just one run. His velocity was good and his stuff looked ok for not pitching for several week. He has two starts left to further lock in before the postseason.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Domingo Santana homers for the third straight game and the Brewers are on the board. It's not a must-win game, but it kind of feels like a must-win game if Milwaukee is going to win the Central. With a win, they're 2.5 back with nine games remaining; with a loss, 4.5 back (and 5 in the loss column). Trouble is: Corey Knebel and Anthony Swarzak have both pitched three days in a row. Will they be available in the late innings?

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Francisco Lindor's three-run homer -- his 32nd -- was the big blow as the Indians won for their 27th time in 28 games. With his power numbers and solid defense, Lindor is starting to get some MVP talk. He's hit .349 with 11 HRs and 27 RBIs in this stretch, so I understand why. But the entire season counts. Jose Ramirez has an OBP 30 points higher and slugging percentage 64 points higher with good defensive metrics at two positions. Ramirez is still the best MVP candidate on the Indians.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cub GM Jed Hoyer discuss the struggles of Jon Lester as well as the weekend series against the Brewers.

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