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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs may have to hit one out to score on White Sox starter James Shields. According to ESPN Stats & Info, with the Cubs now 0 for 3 tonight with runners in scoring position, opposing hitters are now 0 for their last 31 in those spots against Shields.

Katie Strang 

Tigers put up four runs in the fifth inning against Steven Wright, chasing him from the game with out remaining in the frame. Robbie Ross Jr. in to pitch for Red Sox.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

How hot is Jedd Gyorko (Yes, you read that right)? Not only has he homered in six of his last nine games, his seven homers since July 18 are the most in the majors and they have come over just 32 at-bats. "I don't think people realize how good a player he is," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Rick Sutcliffe pulls a Chris Sale on his tie

Rick Sutcliffe pokes fun at Chris Sale by cutting his tie in half on the air during the Cubs-White Sox broadcast on ESPN.


David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Felix Hernandez has allowed 4+ ER in three straight games for the first time since September of 2012. With the Mariners on the fringes of the playoff race, they need King Felix to be an ace, but, sadly, those days are looking like something of the past.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz is a holdover from a bygone era of Red Sox pitchers, and Pedro Martinez thinks it has affected him. "I think he's missing [Jon] Lester, big-time. He's missing [John] Lackey. He's probably missing relating to someone who really understands him -- David Ross, Jason Varitek. I think he's mature enough to understand what to do, but some people just don't have the ability to understand what to do when the struggles come."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Clayton Kershaw, who says that watching the Dodgers step up in his absence has been inspiring.


Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Noah Syndergaard threw 115 pitches in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals and though his fastball velocity was a match for his season average (98 mph), his 64 percent strike rate was his third-lowest of the season. In fact, Syndergaard's three lowest fastball strike rates have come in his last three starts. With regards to why Syndergaard has run up high pitch counts in both starts out of the All-Star Break, manager Terry Collins said "If we knew (why), we'd address it." Collins did note that Syndergaard was working with Dan Warthen on one pitch grip, but didn't specify which pitch.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Ortiz now has 997 career XBH with Red Sox. Only 2 BOS players have totaled 1000 career XBH, Yastrzemski has 1157 and Ted Williams 1117.

Katie Strang 

Boston's David Ortiz smokes a three-run shot to right to pull the Red Sox within a run, 4-3. Asked what he thought about Ortiz' final year, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had this to say this morning: "It's been amazing, really. Never seen anything like it. Might want to rethink that retirement thing."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz hits homer No. 25 of the season, No. 528 of the career, a three-run shot into the right-field bullpens against Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey to cut the Red Sox's deficit to 4-3 in the third inning at Fenway Park.

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets manager Terry Collins had no issue with Curtis Granderson's decision to try to take second base on Yoenis Cespedes' fly ball to center with no one out in the ninth inning. Granderson was thrown out by Tommy Pham and one out later, the Mets were on the losing end of a 3-2 score. "The guy needed to make a perfect throw and he did," Collins said. Collins also did not second-guess third base Tim Teufel for holding Jose Reyes at third on a Cespedes double earlier in the game. "Tim has a better angle on that play that anybody. It's his call."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw still is not throwing after a setback with his back injury saying, "I'm trying to make it back to have an impact on this season for our team." Kershaw said he realizes how much he loves the game of baseball and has come to some realizations while he has been away.


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Curtis Granderson with a good try to tag up and get into scoring position -- and Tommy Pham makes a perfect throw to cut him down.