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Cardinals' Diaz fouls a ball off his face

Cardinals SS Aledmys Diaz swung at a Joakim Soria pitch and ended up chopping it foul right back to his own face, resulting in his removal from the game.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals were hopeful that Aledmys Diaz would be OK, but he was scheduled to visit a Kansas City-area hospital late Monday for further tests. Diaz had swelling and discoloration above his right eye where he was struck by a foul ball that bounced off home plate in the ninth inning while batting against Joakim Soria. "In the beginning, I was a little scared because I couldn't see anything. It was a little blurry, but thank God it went down and now I'm able to see OK," Diaz said through an interpreter. "At first, I thought it hit me in the eye, but when I looked at video, I saw that it hit me in the brow." Diaz likely will undergo a concussion protocol before Tuesday's game, but he said he felt no dizziness or nausea after the game. Those are often symptoms of a concussion. Diaz, 25, is batting .316 to lead all National League shortstops.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant said there was no way he was taking a curtain call on the road despite a huge contingent of Cubs fans urging him to in Cincinnati after he went 5 for 5 with 3 HR's on Monday night.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant can't believe he had 5 extra base hits in a major league game.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Eduardo Rodriguez has been optioned to Triple-A, according to Red Sox prez Dave Dombrowski.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes went 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout and played seven innings at third base in his second and final game with the Brooklyn Cyclones. He is now expected to join Double-A Binghamton.

Bryant prefers mashed over baked

Three homers from the Cubs' Kris Bryant against the Reds on Monday night? No big deal. Just traveled a cool, combined 1,265 feet.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant was asked if he felt before the game he could be in for a big night at the plate. He went 5-5 with 3 HR's against the Reds.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Noah Syndergaard denied a report that he has a bone spur or chips in his elbow. Steven Matz does have that issue, the Mets confirmed.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell held a brief team meeting in the Red Sox's clubhouse after tonight's 13-7 loss to the Rays. His central message: "We're capable of more."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees and Rangers are in a rain delay in the ninth inning of a one-run game. The rain had been falling for innings before Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman came in to try to finish off a victory. Chapman walked the first batter before falling behind the second. Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out to complain, causing the umpires to decide to call for the tarp. Rangers' manager Jeff Bannister argued the decision, but did not get it overturned. The game was originally delayed for 25 minutes at the start even though it hadn't rained.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says there was no elbow flare-up with Noah Syndergaard.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz had to leave Monday night's game in the ninth inning after a foul ball struck him in the face. Diaz lunged for a Joakim Soria breaking ball and topped it off home plate. The ball ricocheted straight up and hit Diaz in the forehead area, knocking off his batting helmet. Diaz squatted at home plate, accompanied by a trainer and manager Mike Matheny before walking off the field clutching a towel to his forehead.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

After falling behind early 4-0 to Noah Syndergaard and the Mets, the Nationals stormed back to score 11 unanswered runs and take the series opener. The win - Washington's second straight after seven consecutive L's - bumps New York down to third place in the NL East and extends the Nats' lead over suddenly second-place Miami to 3.5 games.