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The only result, though, was that Kershaw needed to throw five more pitches to get out of the inning. He and Darvish combined for only the 12th game in MLB history where both starting pitchers went at least six innings, giving no more than two hits while each striking out at least eight batters. The Dodgers last had a game like this on July 5, 1994; the Padres never have.Los Angeles Angels Face Coverings

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina became just the sixth player in MLB history Wednesday to start his 2,000th game behind the plate. Facing the Nationals at Busch Stadium, starter Adam Wainwright fired the first pitch to Trea Turner before the game was paused for a standing ovation.Texas Rangers Face Coverings

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Behind Molina and Wainwright will be a powerful St. Louis Cardinals lineup, per usual, which includes Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado batting back-to-back come the first inning. Mike Shildt is smart getting these guys as many at-bats as possible come game time.Detroit Tigers Face Coverings
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Another scout added: “He’s really learned how to change speeds off his breaking stuff. So he’s got like five pitches but he can do 10 different things with them. And he seems a little more confident going up in the zone occasionally to gets swings and misses. It’s impressive.”

Williams started laboring in the sixth, loading the bases on two walks and a single, but Ryan Tepera bailed him out with a double play and fly out, limiting the damage.

Born in Pittsburgh, he played his first seven seasons for the Pirates before playing for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies over his final five seasons.

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