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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

That will be it for Jake Arrieta after he walks the first two in the eighth and misses on eight of his last nine pitches. Terrific performance for the kinda-sorta struggling ace, now it's up to the Cubs' new monster bullpen to do their thing. Hector Rondon is in; Aroldis Chapman is up and getting loose.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres working hard to trade Matt Kemp and are willing to pay most of salary. The Braves are one of two teams in discussions according to Padres source.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kris Bryant temporary stole home during a pick-off play at first, but the safe call was overturned by replay. Second reversal of the inning. The Cubs lead 1-0 after seven.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Royals announce the have acquired Billy Burns from A's for OF Brett Ebner. Royals always looking to add speed.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler ruled safe at the plate, scoring on Javier Baez's grounder for the game's first run. Replay reversed the original out call on the field. The replays here in the pressbox were inconclusive, but a big break for the Cubs. Now it's up to Jake Arrieta and Joe Maddon's new bullpen.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Nationals didn't want to pay the price of any of their top prospect pitchers to solve their desperate closer need and accomplished that today when they landed the Pirates Mark Melancon in exchange for lefty reliever Felipe Rivero and minor league left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn. The Nats had Davis, Miller, Chapman all ahead of Melancon on their target list but didn't like the exorbitant asking price. Melancon a 3-time all star including last 2 yrs has 1.51 ERA 0.96 whip. Cheap price to pay considering present sellers market.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant's single breaks up Wade Miley's no-hit bid. Cubs have runners on second and third for Javier Baez.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Other clubs report the Astros are still hunting for starters but only if it's a rotation upgrade. Could be a fit on Edinson Volquez or the Rays' starters

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

To sum up why the Nationals had to trade for Mark Melancon, these are Jonathan Papelbon's last 3 outings: 15 batters faced, 11 reached, 8 scored!

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals had to find a closer. They found one in Pittsburgh. Get Mark Melancon for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn. Nationals give up two good arms but hold onto Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner & Reynaldo Looez

Less for Lucroy

In most summers, Jonathan Lucroy would be one of the most attractive players in the trade market. So why are the Brewers having trouble finding a trade fit for him? Buster Olney explains (Insider)

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Another great outing for J.A. Happ as he allows three hits and fans 11 in 7+ innings. He may have benefited from a wide strike zone, but be painted the corners and is going to improve to 14-3 with an ERA just over 3.00 ... and the Blue Jays, assuming they hold this 9-1 lead, will move past the Orioles into first place.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Melancon is going to be a free agent at year's end; Pirates get five more years of control with Rivero. Plus a prospect. Makes sense for PIT

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

We're through five quick innings and the Cubs righty-loaded lineup still hasn't managed a hit against Seattle lefty Wade Miley. Chicago's Jake Arrieta has been nearly as sharp, so we've got a scoreless pitcher's duel on our hands.

Reports: Nationals trade for Melancon

The Nationals have acquired All-Star closer Mark Melancon in a trade with the Pirates, according to multiple reports. It was first reported by Fox Sports. Since 2013, Melancon's 1.80 ERA is the lowest in MLB.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mariners have sandwiched a couple of singles around a double play against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, who has been intent on establishing his fastball early. Arrieta went with the hard stuff on 83 percent of his pitches to the first 12 Seattle hitters.