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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer allowed a grand slam to Stephen Piscotty, just the second salami he's given up in his career, and the first since 2010. He also walked four, tied for his most since coming to DC last season. Add it all up, and the #Nats fell 6-2 to St. Louis. If the #Mets hold on against the Dodgers, there'll be a tie atop the NL East.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

During Dodgers BP at Citi Field, Melo made sure to take a picture of his son with Yasiel Puig!

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High fives for a high drive. #PapaSlam

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

In his second game back in the Yankees lineup after missing 21 games with a hamstring strain, Alex Rodriguez took Chris Archer over the centerfield fence with a man on to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was A-Rod's 6th HR of the season and career bomb No. 693.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasn't too happy after umpire Alan Porter issued warnings following a brush-back pitch from Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Nationals' Ben Revere in the fifth inning. That pitch came an inning after Garcia hit Daniel Murphy in the upper part of his left shoulder with a pitch and immediately after Danny Espinosa took Garcia deep. Porter apparently thought there was intent.

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Nothing like #MDW at the ballpark.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 19-year-old rookie starter Julio Urias lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his debut Friday against the Mets. He was limited to 90 pitches regardless of how he performed, but was lifted at 81 pitches after walking his fourth batter of the day and loading the bases. The Mets led 3-1 in the third inning when he departed.

Ross smacks 100th home run

David Ross hit his 100th home run, a three-run blast, to boost the Cubs' lead over the Phillies.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Carlos Urías on all the comparisons his son Julio has drawn to Fernando Valenzuela: "Those comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela have happened all over, mostly in the media. But my son and I have talked a lot about it, and we agree, and mostly he has told me himself that Fernando Valenzuela is Fernando Valenzuela and, honestly, there will never be another one like him. Like my son says, I'm going to work on having my own career and try to do it the best I can. He has to build his own name. Those comparisons are greatly appreciated, but not when it comes with the pressure to be Fernando Valenzuela."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dinger deterrence continues to be a problem for Max Scherzer, who served up a 3rd inning salami to Stephen Piscotty that put the Nats in a 5-0 hole. It's the 15th gopher ball allowed by Scherzer this season, most in the majors.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal told me that Julio Urías has the potential to be as good or better than any of the young starters in the talented Mets pitching staff: "(In Urías) we have a prospect that can pitch almost the same or better than them, because he has better secondary pitches and can throw up to 97-98 mph. I have never seen a pitcher that young with such good secondary pitches. The Mets prospects had success with those fastballs around 98-100mph, but their secondary pitches were not as good as Urias'."

Fans battle for HR ball outside Wrigley

Kris Bryant absolutely crushed that ball out of the park. And fans outside of Wrigley instantly fought for it.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals are in the midst of a rash of short outings by their starters, which is why Jaime Garcia's rough start to Friday's game must have sent some ripples of anxiety through the dugout. Garcia, who had gone 7 1/3 innings combined in his past two starts, started out allowing base hits to Ben Revere and Jayson Werth. But he got a sharply hit ground ball from Bryce Harper for a double play and another grounder to get out of the first inning unscathed. The Cardinals, stuck at .500, desperately need their starting pitching to improve.

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This could be the start of something special.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"I will take really good care of your son" -Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to Juani Urías, Julio's mom