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Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Robin Ventura on getting to watch Chris Sale pitch : "There is a guilty pleasure to it."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Jason Heyward returns to the Cubs lineup after missing the last few days with a hip contusion.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's son, Jake, was named the Gatorade Missouri player of the year on Tuesday. Jake Matheny, a 6-foot-3 catcher like his dad, batted .411 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs at Westminster Christian Academy in the St. Louis suburbs. He is committed to Indiana, but Mike Matheny said that could change after next month's draft. "A large catcher who hits with power, I know there are some scouts who like that," Mike Matheny said. "I would typically say most kids need college. He's probably a disciplined enough kid who could probably figure out how to do it on-line."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry even divides families in some of the nearby states, including Arkansas:


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois is a border state. The southern portion typically pulls for the Cardinals while the north goes for the Cubs or, sometimes, White Sox:


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Cardinals draw a lot of fans from neighboring states. Several of them, including Indiana, are contested turf:


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Even people born and raised in St. Louis are starting to get nervous this could be the year of the Cubs:


Katie Strang 

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been scratched from tonight's game with flu-like symptoms. Mike Aviles, who was originally slated to play LF, will now play 2B. Steven Moya will draw into the lineup to play LF. Cameron Maybin will replace Kinsler as leadoff hitter.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals pinch hitters have a 1.217 collective OPS this season, easily the best in the major leagues. They have hit nine home runs while exactly half the teams in baseball have zero. They think their power off the bench has been their secret weapon and made them a dangerous team to play close games against. Here is Mike Matheny talking about that:


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says there are two reasons for David Wright being off Tuesday against the Nationals. This would have been his fourth straight day playing, and the Mets want to avoid that. Secondly, when the Mets play a night game and then a day game, they're now testing having Wright sitting in the evening and playing during the day to determine if that is easier on his back than the opposite.

Katie Strang 

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that club's coaching staff had a discussion today about Michael Fulmer and a potential innings limit. Doesn't sound like there will be a hard limit but it will be something team monitors and is conscious about as season progresses.

Kyle Rudolph's unique announcement

Prior to a Twins game, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph announced that his wife is pregnant with twins.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

A fan heckled Bartolo Colon at Nationals Park on Monday regarding the tabloid report of him having a second family. Colon jokingly shot back, saying it's actually three families. The heckler melted and saluted Colon.

Stanton heats up with homer

Giancarlo Stanton has hits in three straight games after going hitless in his previous five games.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Girardi says that Alex Rodriguez stint with Double-A Trenton will be for a "couple of days." Originally, Girardi said that A-Rod would be activated from the DL on Tuesday, "We are allowed to change our minds," Girardi said.

Katie Strang 

Tigers OF Justin Upton sits out for the second straight game. Utility man Mike Aviles will play left field for him tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies. Upton was a late scratch before Monday's game with "right quad tightness." Spoke to him briefly following the game and he didn't seem too concerned; confirmed it was a day-to-day injury.

You won't be able to stop smiling

Micah Phillips, the 2-year-old son of Reds 2B Brandon Phillips, took some cuts in the batting cage, bunted and did a nice face-plant on the baseline (those tiny legs . . . ).