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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is apparently not sentimental when it comes to birthdays. Alex Rodriguez turned 41 on Wednesday, but did not get a spot in the lineup against righty Lance McCullers. It is not a surprise as Girardi planned to DH Carlos Beltran all three games here in Houston. It is the fifth game in a row Rodriguez has been benched.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catcher discuss hitting 5th on Wednesday against the White Sox. It's his third start batting fifth in the order this season.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Boxer Carl Frampton, 22-0, chats with James Loney in the home dugout during Mets batting practice at Citi Field. Frampton is fighting for the featherweight championship Saturday at Barclays Center.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers sweep Red Sox with 4-3 win on Wednesday, improve to 54-48.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is shaking up the back end of his lineup a little bit. Struggling outfielder Jason Heyward is batting seventh for the first time this season while .200 hitter Miguel Montero will move up to fifth. The Cubs have slumped on offense over the past four games as they take on the White Sox tonight.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Don't ignore Stephen Strasburg in the NL Cy Young race. He's now 14-1 with a 2.68 ERA and while voters don't weigh wins as much as they used to, 14-1 does stand out. My biggest knock on him is he's pitched 8 innings just twice. But he's pitched fewer than 6 just once (5.1) and he is eighth in the NL in innings.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tiger starter Michael Fulmer exits the game in the eighth inning after surrendering the tying run. Bruce Rondon, who had a stellar outing last night, on to pitch now. Tigers have voiced concern about his inconsistency. This will be a pretty good test for him here.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

The wind is currently blowing in at Wrigley Field, which is good for the pitchers and good for sweaty sports writers in the press box.

Pedro Gomez MLB 

.@cubs OF Jason Heyward getting extra work in today, early afternoon, at Wrigley with hitting coach John Mallee.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Some of the teams evaluating Andrew Cashner look at him for a swingman role -- rotation if needed, or bullpen if needed.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, the promising third prospect acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, has undergone labrum surgery. Becerra was hitting .312/.341/.393 in 65 games with Class A St. Lucie.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes says he hopes the strained intercostal muscle on his left side only sidelines him for a short period. He injured it swinging on a comebacker to the pitcher in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Wilmer Flores will handle third base for the time being.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres rookie Alex Dickerson is earning a long look down the stretch with home runs in four straight games (and the Padres have homered in 25 straight games, two shy of the MLB record of the 2002 Rangers). Dickerson is 26 and never had the plate discipline in the minors to tap into his power potential, but he could hit himself into the team's 2017 plans.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Among the relievers that the Giants have discussed: The Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez, Milwaukee's Jeremy Jeffress.

AJ Mass

It's time to consider Mets infielder Wilmer Flores for your fantasy team. Plus, updated top 250 rest-of-season rankings from AJ Mass. Flores rises in rest-of-season rankings

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