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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Jose Altuve was hit on his left forearm in Monday's win for the Astros and left the game, but X-rays were negative and he has only a contusion. He's sitting on 199 hits as he tries to reach 200 for the fourth season in a row, but don't surprised if he sits a game or two with the postseason looming. If so, that gives Aaron Judge a couple games to hit some more home runs and gain ground in the MVP race.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Jon Lester's outing on Monday. It was better but there's still room for early improvement.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Rockies score two in the seventh to cut their deficit to one run, but missed another run earlier in the inning when Trevor Story hit a 108-mph rocket about 430 feet to the warning track in deep left-center and then Mark Reynolds popped out with the go-ahead runs in scoring position to end the inning. With the Cardinals having lost and the Brewers idle, you don't want to miss the chance to improve your lead in the wild-card race.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs beat the Cardinals 10-2 clinching at least a tie for the division as Jon Lester had a nice bounce back start giving up just a run and five hits over six innings. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez both homered while Jon Jay and Tommy La Stella added RBI hits late in the game as the Cubs pulled away. A win tomorrow OR a Milwaukee loss against Cincinnati will secure the Cubs a second consecutive division title.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

It's been a lost season for the Blue Jays, but one guy who has quietly had another great season is Josh Donaldson. He only played 13 games through the end of May and struggled in July, but he's up to .266/.387/.543 with 31 HRs in 109 games. Since the beginning of August he's hit .297 with 20 HRs and 44 RBIs in 46 games. He's still one of the best players in the game.

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Mike Trout now has four 30-HR seasons, 1 shy of the Angels record of 5 held by Tim Salmon.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

This is the most amazing box score line of the year: Rougned Odor is 0-for-0 with three walks. Can he draw a fourth walk? Please make it so, baseball gods.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Coming off several rough outings in a row, Jon Lester did his job on Monday, holding the Cardinals to a run over six innings on 5 hits and 4 strikeouts. He gave up some hard hit balls, including a HR, but he never gave in, proving himself playoff capable. Or as close to it as he can be this late in the year after some struggles.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Monday's game against the Cubs after taking two foul balls off his face mask on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning. Kris Bryant fouled both back causing Molina to go down to the ground twice. At that point he left the game.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Giancarlo Stanton hasn't homered yet, but he did steal a run from the Rockies with a terrific running catch deep in right-center as he crashed into the wall and then Christian Yelich for the third out of the third with a runner on third. Tyler Chatwood has three scoreless frames for the Rockies as he continues to pitch well.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the situation with Jon Lester who has struggled most of the year.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker says Bryce Harper suffered a "minor setback" in his comeback from a knee injury Monday. He's out with the flu.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup tonight. The team says he's not feeling well and his absence is unrelated to his knee injury.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Jay leads off for the Cubs again while Ben Zobrist bats fifth and plays left field. Willson Contreras will catch Jon Lester who is coming off several rough outings in a row. The Cubs magic number is 2.

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With two home runs today (so far), Aaron Judge is now the first rookie in MLB history to hit 50 homers in a single season.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Opposite-field HR leaders, 2017: J.D. Martinez 18 Aaron Judge 16 Domingo Santana 12

Hector Cruz ESPN 

Aaron Judge empató con Mark McGwire con 49 jonrones, la marca para novatos en Grandes Ligas al conectar vuelacercas de dos carreras ante los Reales de Kansas City.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Besides tying Mark McGwire's rookie record for home runs (49) today, Aaron Judge is now a .301/.438/.863 hitter in September, his 12 homers in the month his best in any single month this year. He has also lowered his strikeout rate to 27.1 percent in September, which bodes well for him heading into the postseason (as well as 2018, for his fantasy owners).

Leonte Landino ESPN Deportes 

Elsa of Arendelle at Yankee Stadium this afternoon!

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

We're getting close to finalizing our 10 playoff spots, as the Diamondbacks have clinched a wild card, the Twins have all but clinched the second AL wild card, and the Red Sox and Cubs are close to wrapping up division titles. Our magic numbers: Cubs 2 (to win NL Central), Red Sox 3 (to win AL East), Twins 3 (to clinch wild card), Rockies 5 (to clinch wild card).

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite being shut out three times in their past five games, the Rockies actually have a little breathing room for the second wild card. They beat the Padres to finish with just the second winning road record in franchise history on a day the Brewers and Cardinals both lose, so their lead is 2 games over Milwaukee and 2.5 over St. Louis. You have to like their chances now as they finish with six games at home against the Marlins and Dodgers.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Congrats to the Diamondbacks for not only clinching a playoff spot, their first since 2011, but clinching home-field advantage for the wild-card game when J.D. Martinez delivered the first walk-off hit of his career. Martinez's incredible run with Arizona means he could some down-ballot MVP love. In 57 games with the Diamondbacks, he has 27 HRs and 58 RBIs while slugging .734.

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Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw reached the 200-strikeout mark for the 7th straight season. That's the most 200 K seasons in Dodgers history - breaking a tie with Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss pitcher Jose Quintana's complete game shutout on Sunday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Ben Zobrist discuss the Cubs 5-0 win over Milwaukee on Sunday. He homered to help draw the Cubs closer to a division title.

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