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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Blazing-hot Dustin Pedroia is expected to miss the Red Sox's Sunday Night Baseball matchup against the Royals for personal reasons, as the Boston Herald reported. Additional details, including how many games Pedroia will miss, are not yet known. Sox manager John Farrell will address the situation later today in his pregame press briefing. Pedroia has 11 hits in his last 12 at-bats.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Ben Zobrist discuss his sac bunt in the first inning on Saturday against the Dodgers. It was the first in MLB by a cleanup hitter in the first inning this season. Zobrist says he was actually given the "suggestion" from Joe Maddon to bunt for a hit and once he got down 0-1 he figured he had a better chance of getting one down then swinging away.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Asdrubal Cabrera has an issue with the same knee that sent him to the disabled list. He had been on the DL for three weeks with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. Cabrera had been hitting .455 (15-for-33) since returning, including a first-inning infield single Sunday before departing.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Add Asdrubal Cabrera to the mounting injuries for the Mets. Cabrera departed Sunday's game in the first inning after gingerly advancing to second base on a single by Kelly Johnson. Cabrera had collided at first base with Philadelphia's Tommy Joseph earlier in the inning, when Cabrera reached on an infield single.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

ELIAS: Lo Cain batting .381 vs. lefties in '16. That's third-highest among players w/at least 50 at-bats versus LH. 1. Prado .446, Leon .396

Strawberry just being a good friend to Gooden

Jemele Hill has no issues with Darryl Strawberry publicly expressing his concerns about Dwight Gooden's drug use.


Royals' Ventura controlling emotions

Buster Olney lays out the key to Yordano Ventura's turnaround and previews Royals-Red Sox on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Insider

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz indicated his session throwing off a mound on Sunday went well. That puts him on track to come off the DL and start Wednesday against the Marlins. Matz had been dealing with a mild shoulder strain.