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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Good pitching still beats good hitting: The Cardinals, who entered the weekend as MLB's highest scoring team (6.23 runs/game), got swept and were outscored 17-6 by the Nationals, who came in with the best ERA in baseball (2.35).

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

While the White Sox and Orioles are off to unexpectedly strong starts, the Phillies are MLB's biggest early-season surprise. With a 2-1 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, they're now 15-10 and winners of six straight. It's hard to envision this lasting much longer, but manager Pete Mackanin has the team playing with a lot of energy. And the pitching has been good enough to offset one of baseball's weakest offenses (so far).

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The Yankees are trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of David Price and the Red Sox tonight and Joe Girardi has shaken up his lineup a tad. Alex Rodriguez moves back up to 3rd in the batting order, Aaron Hicks and Ronald Torreyes get to start and Chase (.150) Headley bats sixth tonight. Why, you ask? He's hitting .421 against Price (8-for-19).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You can't start a brutal 10-game road trip any better than the Nationals have. They won as many games in St. Louis this weekend (3) as they've won in the previous eight years combined.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Given Mike Pelfrey's struggles, this feels relevant: manager Brad Ausmus was asked today at what point, should the starting pitcher's difficulties continue, would the Tigers begin to look at other options in their rotation. His answer? "I don't know if I can give you an answer on that. The answer on that is, I don't know." Pelfrey's two-year, $16 million contract is obviously a complicating factor. Not sure moving him to the bullpen makes much sense, either. But you'd have to imagine team is wary about trotting him out there every fifth day if he's unable to yield results.

Harper gets the golden sombrero

Bryce Harper has a rough day at the plate, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in a win vs. the Cardinals.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

A determined-looking Clayton Kershaw is perfect through four innings against the Padres. The Dodgers left-hander struck out the first four batters he faced and there has been nothing close to a hit. The Dodgers are in the midst of a six-game home losing streak and will be winless on the entire homestand if they fall today.

Trumbo strikes out on pitch that hits him

Orioles DH Mark Trumbo was so fooled by this Chris Sale pitch that he thought he could make contact right before it hit him on the knee.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who entered today's game leading the American League with a .363 batting average, blasts a critical three-run to tie the game at 5. One critical part of his early success? He hasn't been chasing pitches as much. Plate discipline was on display in that last at-bat. He prevailed in seven-pitch battle.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Mike Pelfrey's day ends with him exiting the game in the fifth inning, leaving reliever Kyle Ryan to deal with a bases-loaded no-out situation. Some flashes of improvement for the starting pitcher, but still not giving the Tigers enough. They wanted him to be a guy who could provide them some innings and he has given them five or less in three of his first five starts.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox vs. Yankees (RH Eovaldi): Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Shaw 3B, Holt LF, Vazquez C, Bradley CF, Price LHP.

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Welcome to Seattle! The Mariners invited Breanna Stewart, the newest member of the Storm, to throw out the first pitch at today's game. [Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images]

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

The sacrifice fly from Nick Castellanos that scored veteran Victor Martinez was the first run of support the Tigers have scored with starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey on the mound this season. Not suggesting that Pelfrey's has not struggled independently from that -- he has -- but at least has something to work with early today in his fifth start of the season.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Hunter Pence hits a two-run homer out to right field, the first in 2016 off Noah Syndergaard, to give the Giants a 3-0 lead, but it was Bruce Bochy's decision the batter before that set it up. With one out and a full count, he ran the very slow Buster Posey, and thus avoided an inning-ending double play when Brandon Belt hit a hard one-hopper to second base. Syndergaard's inability to hold runners hurts him there. Bochy 3, Mets 0.