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Cool Hand Lucas: Giolito has arm, poise for prime-time debut

Lucas Giolito, the Nationals' fearless No. 1 pitching prospect, made his MLB debut facing Matt Harvey and the Mets, throwing four shutout innings before rainfall ended his evening.

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Kris Bryant drives Cubs with historic performance

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough day for Dodgers as Kershaw being sent home, Pederson is injured and Urias walks six. Consolation prizes: They beat the Brewers 6-5, Urias gets first victory.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon is pitching reliever Travis Wood after having him play left field for an inning. He switched positions with righty Spencer Patton who went to left field for an out and now is back pitching after Wood got Jay Bruce on a ground out.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers' CF Joc Pederson walking off under his own power but holding his ribs on the right side. Hit the wall nearly at full speed.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Incredible catch by Joc Pederson on the run, but crashes into the wall and he is down.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper just absolutely pulverized a 91 mile-an-hour sinker from Jerry Blevins to put the Nats up 3-0 on the Mets. It's Harper's 16th bomb of the season, but just his third in June.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Jonathan Lucroy with the 2-run double. Dodgers' lead cut to 6-4, B8.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets say Curtis Granderson had "trouble getting loose." He departed the game after the 85-minute rain delay.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Before Lucas Giolito's MLB debut, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that his prized prospect was on more a "performance count" than a pitch count. The one count he didn't count on was a pause count. Following the second rain delay of the night - an 85-minute job hat interrupted the game in the bottom of the fourth - Giolito is done, as reliever Yusmeiro Petit took over to start the fifth. As impressive as the 21-year old righty was (4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER), don't be surprised if the Nats take their time activating Stephen Strasburg (out since June 16 with an upper back strain) from the DL.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

When does a six-inning start feel like a complete game? Rick Porcello gives pitching-starved Red Sox exactly what they need, namely 18 outs in an 8-2 victory over the Rays, and sets up David Price to pitch Boston to a 3-3 road trip Wednesday afternoon.

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Cole Hamels: 9-0 in last 12 road starts with 1.97 ERA dating back to 8/23/15 - only Arrieta has better road record at 12-0 during that span.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Juan Lagares went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a run scored for Double-A Binghamton in the first game of his rehab assignment. He logged seven innings in center field. Lagares is trying to demonstrate he can play through a partially torn ligament in his left thumb and can avoid in-season surgery.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

That's 11 wins in a row for the Indians. Two more and they'll equal the Cavs' longest streak with LeBron on their team.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Julio Urias is through six innings at 100 pitches and likely done for the night at Milwaukee. He gave up two runs on two hits and had six walks with six strikeouts. Dodgers lead 6-2.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 and played six innings at third base for Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday as his tune-up moved to the Eastern League. Including a pair of games with Brooklyn, Reyes is now hitless in nine at-bats since rejoining the Mets organization.

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Despite committing three errors and being out-hit by Marlins 16-9, Tigers top Miami 7-5 in large part to a fifth-inning surge that featured three homers. DET takes Game 1 of two-game series.

Coors Field or Coors Lake?

Storms passed through Denver causing flooding in the park before the Rockies-Blue Jays contest.