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Kruk: Kris Bryant is a complete player

ESPN's John Kruk explains why Kris Bryant is a complete player that doesn't care where in the field he plays as long as he gets his at-bats to help produce runs for his team.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's manager John Farrell on using Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel in final three innings of Red Sox's 13-7 loss to Rays: "Koji and obviously Craig had not pitched since Friday. It was a chance to get them to the mound. Yeah, you don't like to see them throw 20-plus pitches." Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree were unavailable after being taxed over weekend in Texas.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

If the Yankees-Rangers game resumes and no one sees it, does it still count?

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was thrilled with Kris Bryant's performance on Monday but not so much in his own.


Cardinals' Diaz fouls a ball off his face

Cardinals SS Aledmys Diaz swung at a Joakim Soria pitch and ended up chopping it foul right back to his own face, resulting in his removal from the game.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals were hopeful that Aledmys Diaz would be OK, but he was scheduled to visit a Kansas City-area hospital late Monday for further tests. Diaz had swelling and discoloration above his right eye where he was struck by a foul ball that bounced off home plate in the ninth inning while batting against Joakim Soria. "In the beginning, I was a little scared because I couldn't see anything. It was a little blurry, but thank God it went down and now I'm able to see OK," Diaz said through an interpreter. "At first, I thought it hit me in the eye, but when I looked at video, I saw that it hit me in the brow." Diaz likely will undergo a concussion protocol before Tuesday's game, but he said he felt no dizziness or nausea after the game. Those are often symptoms of a concussion. Diaz, 25, is batting .316 to lead all National League shortstops.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant said there was no way he was taking a curtain call on the road despite a huge contingent of Cubs fans urging him to in Cincinnati after he went 5 for 5 with 3 HR's on Monday night.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant can't believe he had 5 extra base hits in a major league game.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Eduardo Rodriguez has been optioned to Triple-A, according to Red Sox prez Dave Dombrowski.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes went 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout and played seven innings at third base in his second and final game with the Brooklyn Cyclones. He is now expected to join Double-A Binghamton.

Bryant prefers mashed over baked

Three homers from the Cubs' Kris Bryant against the Reds on Monday night? No big deal. Just traveled a cool, combined 1,265 feet.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant was asked if he felt before the game he could be in for a big night at the plate. He went 5-5 with 3 HR's against the Reds.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard denied a report that he has a bone spur or chips in his elbow. Steven Matz does have that issue, the Mets confirmed.