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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

After spending seven seasons in the minor leagues, the last thing Jeremy Hazelbaker is going to do is let a minor injury cost him the opportunity of a lifetime, not when he has a 1.033 OPS in his first 65 major-league plate appearances. So, although Hazelbaker appeared to injure himself during his final at-bat Wednesday night, he wasn't copping to an ailment. Something must be going on, though, since Stephen Piscotty moved from right to left field to replace slumping Randal Grichuk. Asked if he was hurt on Thursday, Hazelbaker said, "I'm good to go." Asked why he was visited by manager Mike Matheny and a trainer Wednesday, he said, "They were just coming out to say, 'Hi.' "

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

New Dodgers pitching sensation Kenta Maeda will get a chance to face off against his hero Thursday. Maeda idolized Ichiro Suzuki while growing up in Japan, but never imagined he would get a chance to pitch to the future Hall of Famer. His chance has arrived as the Marlins have Suzuki batting sixth in the series finale at Dodger Stadium. Maeda is 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA in his first four starts with the Dodgers.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Rodriguez in the house at TD Garden for Hawks-Celtics Game 6.

Stephen Drew makes an out the hard way

Stephen Drew dove to stop a ball, lost track of it, but still managed to make the impressive tag on the runner.


David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper sort of gets turned around on a fly ball -- a difficult but catchable ball -- and it drops as the Phillies score twice for a 2-0 lead. Jonathan Papelbon's reaction, a questionable roll of the eyes and outstretched arms, suggest he thought the ball should have been caught. Luckily they're best buddies now.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta isn't caught up in giving up a run at home for the first time in 52.2 regular season innings though it was the second longest home scoreless streak in the modern era.


David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

How well are the Cubs playing right now? They lead the majors in fewest runs allowed, rank second in runs scored per game, rank second in Defensive Runs Saved, rank first in baserunning metrics and the bullpen is third in wOBA allowed. They are without a weakness.

Beer-Drinking bear enjoys a Cubs victory

The Cubs won their 18th straight game started by Jake Arrieta – and there was a beer-drinking bear there to see it.


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The Cubs won their 18th straight game started by Jake Arrieta – and there was a beer-drinking bear there to see it.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats righty Tanner Roark followed up his 15 K gem from this weekend with seven more scoreless frames today. Roark's line over his last two starts: 14 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 21 K. And he's supposed to be one of Washington's back-end guys.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs beat Brewers 7-2 at Wrigley Field this afternoon. The ViewFromVegas is they were as high as a -425 favorite at the Stratosphere sports book and -410 at CG Technology books. Baseball favorites rarely exceed -300, but we'll probably see more of these lines with Arrieta and this Cubs lineup.

Katie Strang 

Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, who will make his MLB debut against the Twins on Friday, said it was an emotional moment when he was called into [Triple-A Toledo manager] Lloyd McClendon's office Wednesday night and informed he was being summoned by the big club: "I've been dreaming of this since I was four years old and playing T-Ball. This is the the second-best day of my life, besides my wedding — my wife will enjoy that -- No, it's a blessing, and I'm just so happy to finally achieve my goal, and hopefully I can compete well enough to stay up here."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

It's windy in Phoenix today and the giant Arizona flag in center field at Chase Field got twisted around the flagpole. A stadium worker spent quite a while trying to snag it with a giant fish hook contraption from up on the catwalk, briefly enthralling a few of the Cardinals who were doing their long-tossing on the field. Manager Mike Matheny even walked out to get a better view. After about 15 minutes, he finally got it straightened out.