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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers SS/CF Chris Taylor was removed from today's game against the Cubs for precautionary reasons because of a strained hamstring.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Gardner, who is out of today's lineup, says his sore knee is feeling better and that he's going through full pregame activities today. Took 40 swings in the cage yesterday, too. He will be available to pinch hit in the game if needed. He actually thought he'd be able to start tonight, but will take more time off.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Gardner is out for a fourth straight game, but he'll be taking batting practice today. Here's today's full Yankees lineup: Hicks CF Judge RF Gregorius SS Stanton DH Torres 2B Sánchez C Bird 1B Andújar 3B Frazier LF Loaisiga SP

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter Yu Darvish moved closer to a return from tendinitis in his right triceps after throwing a simulated game at Wrigley Field before Wednesday's game against the Dodgers. Both Maddon and Darvish said the outing went as well as could have been expected and he was able to work on all of his pitches. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday before a next step is established but it could be a rehab start, of which Darvish said he likely would only need one before he returns to the Chicago rotation.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have placed closer Brandon Morrow on the disabled list because of back tightness. Morrow hurt himself while taking off his pants which, on the surface, sounds kind of amusing but is the kind of frustrating back-related tweak that many of us can identify with. The move is retroactive to Sunday. Reliever Justin Hancock, added as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader, will remain on the big league roster.