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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.

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.

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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.

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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. es.pn/247r6J7

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.