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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lead the Mets 3-0 behind Kris Bryant's 22nd HR which ties him for the league lead. It's his 11th in June, the most in a month for a Cub since June of 2007 when Alfonso Soriano hit 11. He's also the first Cub since Derrek Lee in 2005 to hit 22 before July 1. (ESPN Stats and Info) John Lackey has pitched five scoreless innings so far and Javy Baez has a HR as well.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

After sweeping the Mets, the Nationals are showing no let-down against the lowly Reds. Danny Espinosa just got a curtain-call after hitting a third-inning grand slam that put the Nats up 8-1. It's the second salami of Espinosa's career, and the first since 9/6/10, when he hit one in his very first game at Nats Park.

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Indians: have won 12 straight games (1 shy of franchise record - 1942, 1951) Up 1-0 in 3rd vs Blue Jays

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Coming into today, slumping Nats first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was 6 for his last 38 with no home runs. Make that 7-for-39 with one homer. Zimmerman just demolished a Brandon Finnegan sinker and parked it well beyond the wall in dead center. Nats lead the Reds 4-1 after one.

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.


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 

5,546 combined hits

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.