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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce departed Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in the second inning with a cramp in the right calf, the Mets announced. He was replaced by Alejandro De Aza.

Yu Darvish cracks first MLB home run

Darvish went deep to straightaway center in the top of the fifth, his first MLB homer in just 15 plate appearances. The Rangers starter has his squad leading the Reds 5-3 after 5. Follow live

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Billy Hamilton month-to-month on-base percentage in 2016, April through August: .283, .294, .319, .299, .407.

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After the All-Star break, Joey Votto is second in MLB in hits (56) and tied for first in walks (29), a seemingly impossible combination.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bipartisan Nats/O's crowd chanting "U-S-A" as first pitch thrower (and DC native) Katie Ledecky is shown on the Nats Park jumbotron in between innings.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Mookie Betts in hitters' counts of 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 or 3-1 this season: 56-for-109 (.514), 13 doubles, 2 triples, 13 homers.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce departed Wednesday's game in the top of the second inning with the escort of a trainer. Bruce had legged out a double and was removed for a pinch runner later in the frame. The Mets did not immediately announce the nature of the injury.

AJ Mass ESPN Staff Writer 

Never a good sign when a player self-reports an injury to get pulled -- which is what Jay Bruce just did.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Mark Teixeira wasn't surprised the Mariners intentionally walked Gary Sanchez twice to get to him. Teixeira pointed out he is hitting .197 and that Sanchez is hitting everything a mile. "Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him you intentionally walk him," Teixeira said. "I mean he is as hot as any player I have played with in my entire career. You just don't see guys doing what he is doing. I don't care how old he is."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catcher Willson Contreras discuss catching the Cubs rotation as well as hitting an opposite field home run against the Padres in the Cubs 6-3 win on Wednesday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Hendricks here.

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Machado sparks Orioles early

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second, as the Orioles have raced out to an early 5-1 lead over the Nationals. Follow live

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks discuss his outing on Wednesday against the Padres where he allowed the lead off man to reach in each of the first four innings. He worked out of trouble only giving up two runs over six innings. The Cubs won 6-3 sweeping the series.

Here, Bryce, hold these

Olympic swimming star Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch before Wednesday's Orioles-Nationals game. But before that, she had reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper hold all the medals she won in Rio.

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Gary Sanchez continues red-hot start

The Yankees' rookie catcher hit his ninth homer in his 21st career game in the first inning of the team's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

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Gary Sanchez homers again

The Yankees rookie hit his ninth home run on Wednesday against the Mariners. That moves him up the list of homers hit by big league newcomers.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Rob Segedin will go on paternity leave for the day, opening the door for Rich Hill to be added to the roster. Hill was acquired from the A's on Sept. 1 and will be making his Dodgers debut.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers penciled in another starter for their mix-and-match rotation as Bud Norris will now take the mound Friday vs. the Cubs.