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Kyle Lohse with the takedown!

The Brewers pitcher had a great day at the plate Wednesday, but it almost came at a cost when he ran into the sizable Ryan Howard. Watch


Guess who's back

Three aces will make their long-awaited return to MLB mounds from arm surgery today, two of them from Tommy John surgery. José Fernández of the Marlins and Matt Cain of the Giants will oppose each other while Matt Moore will get the ball for the Rays against the Indians.

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Bullpen catcher noms 18 cheesesteaks

Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel set a Citizens Bank Park record Wednesday by eating 18 cheesesteaks over a 3-game period. He can further add to his "accomplishment" -- he needs to devour just one more to set the 4-game record. We'll just let you digest that.


BBTN's Wednesday Web Gem

It's diving catch vs. diving catch, but the BBTN crew doesn't think Kole Calhoun's layout can match George Springer's "first-step quickness."


Chris Sale may get extra day of rest

The White Sox LHP, who has had a historic run over the past month, could see his next start pushed from Sunday to Monday. Said manager Robin Ventura: "He hasn't brought up anything about soreness, this is just [pitching coach Don Cooper] and I kicking it around to take care of him and make sure he's fresh and keep him going the same way."

Pence unlikely to play again before break

Hunter Pence (wrist tendinitis) likely won't get into a game before the All-Star break. Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "He's doing well, but he is [just] hitting off a tee now. We're going to slow-play this. He'll probably need a couple of [minor league rehab] games."

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Some stories grading Dipoto's LAA work lack any context: B/c of Moreno's Pujols/Wilson/Hamilton deals, Dipoto's options greatly affected.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Issue of analytics was merely a flashpoint w/LAA. Moreno/Scioscia/Dipoto was a good ol' fashioned Steinbrenner/Billy/nameless GM turf battle