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Dodgers get Norris to fill in for Kershaw

Doug Padilla breaks down the Dodgers' acquisition of Bud Norris, who will replace the injured Clayton Kershaw in L.A.'s rotation.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Not long after Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager crushed his 17th home run of the season, his manager, Dave Roberts, made a plea for his young player, on the final day of All-Star Game voting: "Corey Seager is what this game is all about. It's not a calling out, but it's an encouragement of the fans of really wanting to see the best player at each position. The numbers speak for themselves and this guy deserves to be in the game."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm assuming this was said by Theo Epstein for the media on the other side of town: "I'm looking forward to seeing Kyle Schwarber playing for the Cubs on opening day next year." Was smiling as he said it.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw was diagnosed with a mild disc herniation and surgery will not be required. No timetable for a return has been given. He will officially go on the disabled list Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

If all goes well for Adam Warren starting at Triple-A Iowa tonight he'll go for the Cubs next Tuesday or Wednesday against the Reds giving other Cubs starters an extra day of rest as planned.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright spent a little quality time with kids who have speech impairments before Thursday's game. "Does anyone know what I do for a living?" he asked.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon's latest coming out just in time for July 4.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough day with the Kershaw DL news, but Dodgers down Brewers 8-1 to feel better about things. Take series in Milwaukee.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

In an odds-defying minor injury, Stephen Piscotty inadvertently kicked Alcides Escobar's bloop double down the line in the same spot on his left ankle where he had fouled a ball off earlier Wednesday night. As a result, Piscotty is out of the Cardinals' lineup Thursday. He has been getting treatment since 1 p.m. and is hoping to be able to pinch hit.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here was Sandy Alderson's sobering language with respect to the trade deadline: "What I've said before is that there is no single acquisition, at least that I can see, that's going to change what's transpired over the last two months. It's going to have to come from within. There may be things that we can do that can improve the team. We've done various things over the last couple of months to try to improve the team. Certainly we'll be monitoring the market. But I don't believe right now that an acquisition is going to make a big difference for us. We get Juan Lagares back, [Jose] Reyes makes a contribution, who knows where little marginal improvements -- hitting with men in scoring position across the board -- those are the kinds of things that are going to make a difference over the next three months."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta discusses the possibility of starting the all star game after hearing the news of Clayton Kershaw's injury.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Aledmys Diaz still isn't in the Cardinals' lineup, but he said he thinks he can play tonight. The inflammation around his right eye is much better than it was Monday, when a foul ball struck him on the eyebrow.

Five things at stake in Mets-Cubs series

After getting swept in Washington, Terry Collins and the Mets face a big test as their homestand begins with Chicago coming to town. Cubs seeking revenge

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