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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale has reached 200 strikeouts in fewer innings (141 1/3) than any AL pitcher ever, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Randy Johnson did it in 143 innings in 1995, Pedro Martinez in 147 innings in 1999.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The Yankees (who have a 5-1 lead in the 7th inning) are 11-1 in their last 12 games at Safeco Field. They have won each of their last six series in Seattle (since 9/12/11).

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Chris Sale is the fourth pitcher in major-league history to reach 200 strikeouts in 20 or fewer starts. Randy Johnson hit that mark three straight years from 1999-2001, which Pedro Martínez (2000) and Nolan Ryan (1977) each did so once.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Add another catch to Jackie Bradley Jr.'s highlight reel, a leaping grab while crashing into wall in right-center to rob Yunel Escobar.

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Adrián Beltré singled in the ninth inning for his 2,986th career hit. That snapped a tie with Sam Rice for sole possession of 31st in MLB history. Next up on the all-time list is Roberto Clemente, who had exactly 3,000 hits in his 18-year MLB career.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-run first inning -- before Chris Sale throws a pitch, no less -- is Red Sox's biggest inning since eight-run seventh on July 2 at Toronto in 15-1 win over Blue Jays.

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The Diamondbacks are the fifth team in MLB history to hit three straight home runs to begin a game. This is the fifth time in franchise history that Arizona has hit back-to-back-to-back home runs; two of those five instances are against the Nationals/Expos.

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My first look at Yoan Moncada and he hits an RBI triple off an 0-2 pitch. Impression: he is good

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Today is CC Sabathia's 37th birthday. The last Yankees pitcher to get a win on his birthday was David Robertson on 4/9/2011, according to Yankees PR.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Brewers manager Craig Counsell expects Ryan Braun to return Saturday from a sore wrist.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just one of those things, Cubs starter Jake Arrieta says of his bullpen's struggles on Friday. His own outing was very crisp.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just one of those days, says Joe Maddon, who thought other than the poorly pitched eighth inning, his club played another solid game.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' torrid second-half start came to a grinding halt on Friday. In the eighth inning, to be exact. Three relievers combined to put the first 11 Cardinal hitters on in that inning as St. Louis rolled to an 11-4 win. The loss snaps Chicago's six-game winning streak and negates the possibility of the defending champs moving into a virtual tie with Milwaukee atop the NL Central. That would have been the case with a Cubs win and a Brewers loss in Philadelphia tonight.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Mercifully, the top of the eighth has come to an end. The first 11 Cardinal hitters reached base as St. Louis plated nine runs and now lead 11-3. Carl Edwards Jr. (three runs), Hector Rondon (four) and Justin Grimm (two) all contributed to the carnage. Six hits and six walks in the inning for the St. Louis. That was ugly.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' winning streak may have just blown up in the eighth inning. After Carl Edwards faces three hitters without recording an out, Hector Rondon does him one better -- four hitters faced, zero outs. The Cardinals have four runs, three hits and four walks in the inning. Justin Grimm is on to face Carson Kelly, who will be the third St. Louis batter of the inning to step to the plate with the bases loaded and no one out. It's 6-3 St. Louis.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Over his last seven outings, Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jur. had pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts. Today he faces three batters -- a Matt Carpenter double, and walks to Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler -- and leaves the bases loaded with nobody out. Hector Rondon is on to face Jedd Gyorko. Cubs are clinging to a 3-2 lead.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' string of strong starts was continued today by Jake Arrieta. In six innings, he allowed two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and zero walks. This marks just the third start without a walk for Arrieta going back to the beginning of last season.