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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Good to see Carson Smith making his season debut for the Red Sox with a scoreless, nine-pitch frame. He had a dominant rookie season for the Mariners, striking out 92 in 70 innings, and limiting batters to a .194 average and two home runs. If healthy, he'll be a huge factor in the Boston pen.

Katie Strang 

Don't expect to see Justin Verlander pitch in long sleeves ever again. Tigers ace said he struggled to warm up when the weather turned cold in his last outing so he wanted to change before the fifth inning in case it turned on Tuesday night. The result? He didn't throw a single strike in warmups and fell behind every batter afterwards. "I'm not making excuses. That just will never happen again."

Teamwork makes the dream work

Victor Martinez hit a fly ball to short right field, but Francisco Lindor couldn't quite get there in time. Luckily, Jason Kipnis was there to help.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In the fifth inning, Alex Rodriguez hurt his right hamstring, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed. A-Rod will go for an MRI on Tuesday and then the Yankees will then determine if he will go on the DL.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alex Rodríguez se lesionó la corva derecha en el primer partido de los Yankees en Baltimore, una derrota 4-1 ante los Orioles; se someterá a resonancia magnética mañana.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

No Hardy, no Britton, no problem. Mark Trumbo went deep twice, Chris Tillman tied a career-high with nine strikeouts, and Darren O'Day got the save in the Orioles 4-1 victory over the Yankees. The win moves the O's into a first-place tie with the Red Sox.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

At the beginning of the season, projected the Cubs to win 96 games with a +138 run differential. After beating the Pirates 7-1 they're now at +89. With 137 games to go. They're 19-6 ... that's 123-win pace.

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Jake Arrieta throws seven scoreless innings and earns his 6th win of the season in Cubs' 7-1 victory over Pirates.

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Assuming that if Alex Rodriguez misses games, Aaron Hicks may get more playing time in his place,with Beltran moving to designated hitter.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Nothing about Hanley Ramirez's home run to end Jose Quintana's scoreless streak at 20 1/3 IP and get the Red Sox on the board was Cellular, that was hit over 380 feet to right field.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Standing ovation for Chris Tillman, who fans the side in the seventh. The Orioles righty, who's likely done after 110 pitches, has tied a career-high with nine punchouts on the night. In his last three starts, all against AL East foes, Tillman has a 1.37 ERA with 22 K's in 19.2 innings.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Another disappointing start for the Yankees Luis Severino. Severino, who is supposed to be the future ace, went six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits against the Orioles Tuesday. Severino gave up two homers to Mark Trumbo and made two errors on flips at first base. Severino, just 22, has a 6.31 ERA after five starts. The Yankees may consider sending him to Triple-A to try to get right.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

After throwing just two fastballs in the first two innings, Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright threw six in the third inning as he got into trouble, escaping with just one run allowed on three walks (one intentional). We'll see where he goes from here.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

And now he isn't. Looks like pitchers just making better pitches. Funny how that works.