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Everything is going wrong for Pierzynski

Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski dropped a pop up, missed a pitch, fell flat on his chest and threw a ball into the ground ... all in one game.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Only hushed tones in the Marlins' clubhouse postgame after the announcement of Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension from MLB for "performance-enhancing substances." A Marlins official said players were not yet addressing the subject. It was far from the atmosphere that would be present after a four-game sweep, which the Marlins just completed over the Dodgers.

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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Stanton can't stop hitting home runs

Giancarlo Stanton stays red-hot hitting his fourth home run in five games, this one taking Pedro Baez over the well in right field.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda had the roughest outing of his young MLB career, giving up four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings to the Marlins. He gave up two runs while on the mound, with reliever Pedro Baez allowing two intertied runners to score on a single and a balk. Maeda's ERA is now 1.41, up from 0.36.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Wacha looked as dominant as he has in 10 months Thursday night in Arizona, but he made two mistakes that turned into home runs. Chris Hermann lunged for a low changeup and somehow hit it well enough to carry out to right field for a two-run shot in the second inning and Brandon Drury lined one to left in the fourth. Wacha's nine strikeouts were his most in a game since June 9 of last season.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Howie Kendrick's offensive funk to open the season for the Dodgers has continued with an 0-for-3 night so far. Kendrick, who had two separate leg injuries in spring training, is slugging .135 with a .151 on-base percentage. He started the season on the disabled list and is in his 16th game of the season.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Braves weren't able to extend their streak of games with a home run to two, but they did snap an eight-game losing skid. Freddie Freeman may be breaking out of his struggles, adding three hits after homering on Wednesday, and Nick Markakis (four hits) could be potential trade bait if he keeps producing from the leadoff spot.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

According to a member of the media from Japan, Thursday's MLB matchup between Kenta Maeda (Dodgers) and Ichiro Suzuki (Marlins), is the most anticipated in the Far East since Suzuki batted against the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka last year. Suzuki struck out swinging against Maeda in the second inning. He had two hits against Tanaka last year.

Phillies sweep Nationals with late rally

The Phillies completed the road sweep over the Nationals thanks to Cameron Rupp's ninth inning, two-run double.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Eduardo Rodriguez's line for Triple-A Pawtucket tonight in Syracuse: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 75 pitches/45 strikes. Red Sox were hoping for five innings. Next start: Tuesday. Sox will assess his status after that.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 28-year-old rookie Kenta Maeda, on the mound Thursday, is the first starting pitcher since at least 1913 to allow just one run through his first four starts, which were also his first four MLB appearances. Fernando Valenzuela gave up one run over his first five starts in 1981, but he had 10 relief appearances in 1980. Maeda's 0.36 ERA is second in MLB to Jordan Zimmerman's 0.35 mark.