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The Cubs wrap up their four game series Sunday night prime time on National TV.  John Lackey takes to the mound looking for his 10th win of the season.  John is 1-1 in three starts against the Cardinals and Mike Leake looking to get to .500 with his ninth win of the season.  His last start against the Cubs was April 18th against Lackey which was a loss.

Lackey makes it a quick top half of the first with a 1-2-3 inning.  Leake is not so lucky as he starts off by walking Dexter Fowler then gives up a single to Kris Bryant.  Anthony Rizzo sends a ground ball to right scoring Fowler for the first run of the game pushing Bryant to third.  Ben Zobrist sends a fly ball to left scoring Bryant for a sac fly.  In the first, the Cubs are up by two.

Lackey gives up a single and a walk in the 2cd but gives up no runs and strikes out two.  In the top of the third he gives up a one out single to Greg Garcia, then hits Stephen Piscotty.  Matt Carpenter sends a ground ball to short, Addison Russell throws to second getting the force out but Zo’s throw to first is wild and Garcia scores.

After the first, the Cubs bats wouldn’t be able to get to Leake until the bottom of the sixth inning with Bryant sending a one out fly ball to center for a his first triple of the year.  Rizzo then drives him in for the Cubs third round of the game.  After six the Cubbies are up 3 – 1 .

In the top of the 7th, Lackey gives up a leadoff single to Yadier Molina but gets the next two outs but that would be enough for Maddon as he brings in Justin Grimm to strike out Randal Grichuk to end the inning.  Leake starts off the bottom half by giving up a double to Chris Coghlan and makes it to third on Jason Heyward’s infield single.  Cardinals skipper, Mike Mathena decides to pull Leake for Matt Bowman who loads the bases by walking Wilson Contrearas but gets the next three batters out to end the inning.

Hector Rondon enters the game in the top of the eighth and gives up back to back singles to Kolten Wong and Garcia.  Both runners ate driven in by Stephen Piscotty when he takes Rondon deep to the center field bleachers.  He does get the next out but then gives up a solo homer to Brandon Moss.  Joel Maddon decides to bring in Travis Wood who gets the second out of the inning but walks Jhonny Peralta and gives up a single to Jedd Gyorko.  Grichuk comes in and doubles driving in Peralta putting the Cards up 6-3.  Kolten Wong back up again for the second time this inning flys out to end the inning.

Kevin Siegrist enters the game in the bottom of the eighth for the Cards to face Rizzo who takes the first pitch then drives the next fast ball off the right field score board.  Zo strikes out but Siegrist would have some unannounced injury and be replace by Seung Hwan Oh.  Oh comes in and strikes out Russell in three strikes.  Baez grabs himself a single.  Jason Heyward flys out to end the inning.

Top of the ninth.  Aroldis Chapman enters the game and strikes out the first two batters and gets Matt Carpenter to ground out.  Cardinals closer as of late, Oh stays in for the ninth.  He only sees Contrearas, Soler and Fowler and strikes out all three batters to end the game to help split the series between the Cubs and Cardinals.

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The series finale between the Cubs and Marlins has John Lackey looking for just his ninth win of the season.  He is looking to start this month off on a positive note as he takes on Tom Koehler who also seeks his ninth win of the season.

Lackey starts off the game giving a leadoff single to Dee Gordon who snags his eighth stolen base of the year and then scores on Chritian Yelich’s double to left field.  Through the next six innings, Lackey only allows three singles and is looking very sharp.  He starts the seventh inning off with a strikeout for the first out but hits Derek Dietrich who takes first base.  Jeff Mathis would step into the box and takes a two-seam fastball and launches to left center field for a home run giving the Marlins the lead.  Lackey does allow another hit but gets out of the inning.  Through seven innings, Lackey gives up seven hits, no walks and strikes out eight but does give up three earned runs.

Tom Koehler through five innings would only allow one walk and three hits with no runners scoring.  it wouldn’t be until the sixth inning that he gives up a single to Anthony Rizzo to right.  Rizzo advances to second on Koehler’s wild pitch and then to third on a ground out by Ben Zobrist.  Wilson Contreras drives in Rizzo with a ground ball to center field.

Kyle Barraclough enters in the bottom of the seventh for a 1-2-3 inning.  Joe Smith makes his debut for the Cubs in the top of the eighth getting the first out but gives up a solo home run to Christian Yelich putting the Marlins up 4-1.  Smith gets the second out but gives up back to back singles prompting Joel Maddon to bring in Carl Edwards Jr. to end the inning.  For the bottom half former Cub, Fernando Rodney steps to the mound giving up back to back singles to Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant.  With Fowler on third and Rizzo at the plate, Rodney throws a wild pitch allowing Fowler to score the Cubs second run of the game.  Rizzo would walk and Zo would advance both runners with a sac bunt.  Wilson strikes out and with two outs and two men on, Jason Heyward grounds out to shortstop to end the inning.

Justin Grimm enters the game in the top of the ninth.  He gets the first two outs but gives up an infield groundball hit to Dee Gordon who is 3 – 3 on the day all infield hits.   He then walks Martin Prado with two outs.  With Christian Yelich at the plate both runners advance on a wild pitch by Grimm but he gets Yelich to go down swinging.

A.J. Ramos takes over for the Marlins in the top of the ninth giving up a lead off double to Miguel Montero who is pushed over to third as Javier Baez singles to left.  Ramos then loads the bases walking Matt Szczur.  Dexter Fowler sends a fly ball to Stanton for an out but advances all three batters to put the Cubs down by one.  One out, Kris Bryant at the plate gets called out on strikes.  What could be the last chance for the Cubs, Rizzo steps in the box to receive the intentional walk to load the bases for Ben Zobrist who takes five pitches to draw the walk to tie the game at four for Wilson Contreras who takes the first pitch for a strike.  The 0 and 1 is wild, Szczur scores, Cubs Win! CUBS WIN!

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Game 2

Posted: July 23, 2016 by Daniel Kupres in baseball, fantasy, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio
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Day 2 at Wrigley Field North and John Lackey is searching for his eighth win of the season.  His last appearance in May against the Brewers, he only gave up  a run on four hits but did not get a decision as the Cubs lost by one in the 13th inning.  He’s taking on the 23 year old righty, Zach Davies, who is facing the Cubs for the first time this season sporting a 6-4 record.

Dexter Fowler would not lead off this game with home run.  Anthony Rizzo would double but that would be in all the action in the first.  Wilson Contreras and Addison Russell would walk in the second but again no runs.  Kris Bryant would single in the third but no runs. Davies would retire the next nine Cubs but is still taken out in the top of the 7th after giving uo a leadoff single to Ben Zobrist.  After getting Contreras out, Will Smith would replace Davies.  After giving up a single to Heyward, Russell would drive in Zo, giving the Cubs their first run of the game.  

John Lackey would strike out the first batter but gives up a single to Scooter Gennett but Lackey gets the second out.  Jonathan Lucroy would get into a full count after several foul balls and Pat Hughes more or less calling it, Lucroy sends a line drive to left center for a two run home run.  

Lackey would add a couple base runners in the second and third but doesn’t earn anymore runs.  In the top of the 4th, he would give up a solo home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis sending Bernie down the slide again.  Lackey makes it through the 5th and 6th inning with no issues.  

Clayton Richard enters the game in the bottom of the 7th giving up a double to Hernan Perez, then hits Ramon Flores.  Maddon would bring Adam Warren in.  Jake Elmore would pinch hit for Will Smith sacrifice bunting to push both runners up but Warren gets out of the inning.  He would stay in for the 8th, gets two outs but puts Ryan Braun and Lucroy on. Maddon would bring in newly acquired Mike Montgomery who gives up a three run home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis putting the Brewers up 6-1.  

Carlos Torres would come in giving up a single to Zo but would close out the game giving the W to the Brewers.  Lackey would be charged with a Loss today putting him at 7 and 7 on the season. 

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The series finale between the Cubs and the Texas Rangers ends today with John Lackey seeking his eighth win against the strong Cole Hamels looking to grab win number 10.  Hamels would strikeout the first six batters.  Cole gives puts the first batter on due to a fielding error by Adrian Beltre with Albert Almora taking first base.  With two outs, Javier Baez sends a line drive to left field allowing Almora to cross home for the Cubs first run of the game.  

The Rangers were quick to end first inning but Lackey gives up back to back singles to start the second off to Pronce Fileser and Ryan Rua.  With one out, Elvis Andrus drives in Prince with a line drive to center field.  Robinson Chirinos sends a fly ball to Almora but it’s far enough to bring Rua in for the second run for the Rangers.   

The Rangers are up 2-1, going into the 4th and Lackey assists in adding another run by walking Ryan Rua and Nomar Mazara.  Chirinos’s double to left brings in Rua for the third run of the game for the Rangers putting them up by 2.  

Lackey is able to hold the Rangers up until the eighth inning when he gives up a leadoff home run to Ian Desmond but is able to end the inning completing eight innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits but strikes out 8.   I would say a pretty typical outing for Lackey but without the run support.  Clayton Richard enters game preserving the game for Lackey and the Cubs.  

Cole Hamels combats Lackey with eight full innings but only gives up only one run but strikes out seven.  Sam Dyson enters the game for the Rangers to hold the game for the Rangers and receives his 19th save of the year.  The Cubs took the series, everyone wants a sweep but this is still a positive weekend for the Cubs.  

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John Lackey looks to stay above .500 with another win to go into the All Star break on a good note.  Jonathon Niese would get the start for the Pirates and immediately get the ball rolling for the Cubs with singles to lead off man Ben Zobrist, then on one out to Anthony Rizzo and to load the bases Wilson Contreras.  Addison Russell would also smack a single but this one gives him two RBI’s.  Lackey would only give up one single in the bottom half. After the 1st, Cubs 2-0.

Cubs would go down quick in the top of the 2cd but Lackey would allow a solo home run to star off the bottom half to Sean Rodriguez.  Adam Frazier singles and scores on Eric Fryer’s one out double to left.  With two outs, John Jaso sends a line drive to right scoring Fryer.  The Pirates are now up 3-2.  

Kris Bryant stars off the 3rd with a walk and advances to third on Rizzo’s double to right.  Contreras would ground out to first but drives in Bryant to tie the game at 3.  Andrew McCutchen would lead off the bottom half of the 3rd with a solo home run to take the lead.  

The back and forth of leads would stop in the top of the 4th, after Albert Almora, Jr launches his 2cd home run of the season driving in Baez to take the lead, 5-4.  Niese would then give up back to back singles to Bryant and Rizzo prompting his removal for Arquimedes Caminero to end the inning.  

Lackey would make it to the 7th walking Josh Bell and giving up a single to John Jaso.  With no outs, Maddon brings in Pedro Strop.  He gets the first out and the second out from McCutchen but is scored as a sac fly to tie the game at 5.  

Pirates set up man, Tony Watson enters the game and immediately strikes out Almora but gives up a double to Matt Szcuzr.  Zo pops out on a bunt.  With two outs Bryant’s sends a line drive to left scoring Szczur for the Cubs to take the lead again giving Watson a blown save.  

Carl Edwards, Jr and Hector Rondon take the last two innings of the game for the hold and save as Strop is awarded the W with a blown save.  Lackey would go six innings giving up five runs on seven hits but strikes out nine only walking two.  Not the greatest outing but with the bats hitting and the bullpen holding, the Cubs take a game from the Pirates putting their lead at 7 above the second place Cardinals.   
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The Cubs bounced back after being swept by the Mets, coming back to dominate the Reds yesterday, 10 to 4.  John Lackey heads to the mound hoping to improve to 8 and 4 against southpaw Brandon Finnegan.  However, it wouldn’t be that kind of day for Lackey as he’d get the loss in 6 full innings.  

It would start off bad for John in the first with a 1 out walk to Billy Hamilton who steals 2cd.  Then walks Joey Votto.  With Jay Bruce at the plate, a passed ball credited to David Ross allows Bily to score the 1st run with Votto to 3rd.  Bruce would also reach on a walk.   Both Jay’s score on Brandon Phillips 2 out line drive to left but the Cubs get Bruce out on the throw to 3rd.  Reds 2-0.

In the top of the 2cd, with Eugenio Suarez on 1st, Finnegan forces him out at 2cd but he scores on Zach Cozart’s home run to left center.  They score yet again with 2 outs in the top of the 3rd when Ramon Cabrera doubles to right scoring Suarez.  The 6th run comes in the top of the 4th after Zach Cozart scores on a sac fly by Joey Votto.  

The Cubs would score in the 3rd with 3 home runs.  2 would be solo home runs by Javier Baez and Kris Bryant.  Anthony Rizzo would walk and score on Addison Russell’s 10th home run of the year.  Russell would smack his 11th home run of the year and second of the day in the bottom of the 5th.  Finnegan wouldn’t make it to the 6th as Lackey did but he leaves with the win opportunity.  After 5, it’s Reds 6, Cubs 5.

The top of the 7th would see the Reds add to thier lead with Travis Wood at the mound.  He gives up a double to Billy and scores on Votto’s double to left.  Reds 7, Cubs 5.   

The top of the 9th, Maddon would bring in Pedro Strop enter the game and get the first out but walks Joey Votto who comes home on Jay Bruce’s 18th home run of the year.  Tony Cingrani enters the bottom of the 9th and mows through Bryant, Rizzo and Contreras to end the game with the Reds winning 9 to 5.  

Tomorrow is the rubber match, here’s to the Cubs taking the series.  

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Joel Maddon would go back to his pitcher batting in the 8 hole  with Albert Almora, Jr batting 9th and keeping Wilson Contreras in the game in left field.  Kris Bryant would be batting 2cd and would start the game with a double but wouldn’t reach again until he walks in the 9th. Aside from Contreras’s walk that would be all in the 1st.  Lackey would lead off the bottom of the first walking Ichiro Suziki who would score on Chrstian Yelich’s sac fly to center.  The Cubs would strike back in the second with Miguel Montero’s solo shot to right tieing the game at 1 at run a piece.

The top of the third would see the patient rookie Wilson walk on two outs, Javier Baez would get hit by a pitch setting up Addison Russell for a three run blast to left center.  Cubs up 4-3.

Lackey would retire 7 straight batters until he walks Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the 4th, then Justin Bour launches his 14th homer run of the season bringing the Cubs lead to 1.  John gets the first out in the 5th but gives up a single to Ichiro who scores again on Martin Prado’s double to left.  With the game tied, Lackey walks Yelich prompting Maddon to visit the mound but he after gives up an RBI single to Stanton, Maddon would pull him for Gerardo Concepcion, who on his 4th pitch gives up an RBI double to Bour.  Derek Dietrch would join in the RBI fun with a sac fly to left scoring Stanton.  Marlins up 7-4.

Spencer Patton enters the 6th making it quick but gives up a 2 RBI double to Stanton scoring Prado and Yelich to put the Marlins up by 4 in the 7th bringing Justin Grimm in to finish the inning.

Russel would lead off the 8th with walk and moves to third on Montero’s single to left and then scores on Chris Coghlan’s 3-6-3 double play.  Carl Edwards enters the bottom of the 8th for the Cubs making it a quick 1-2-3 inning.

Dustin McGowen who gave the Cubs a run in the 8th comes back out for the 9th and is the pitcher who gave up the lead off walk to Bryant.  After Anthony Rizzo’s ground out, Wilson Contreras gets his first double of the year scoring Bryant.  This would have the Marlins bring in A. J. Ramos who hits Russell but gets his 24th Save of the season.

John Lackey would only go 4 and 1/3 innings striking out 5 and only walking 3 but gives up 7 runs on 7 hits which 1 was a home run.  The Cubs have the opportunity to split the series on Sunday.

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Game 68 has the St. Louis Cardinals coming to Wrigley for the first time this season with Jamie Garcia taking on John Lackey.  His last outing in St. Louis, he went 7 innings striking out 11 but giving up no runs for his third straight win to open the season.  Tonight he hopes to continue his domination of his former team.  He would get through the first inning giving up a single Aledyms Diaz and walking Stephen Piscotty but giving up no runs.  Jamie Garcia would do the same giving up a single to Ben Zobrist and waking Anthony Rizzo.  Lackey gets himself in to trouble giving up a solo home run to Brandon Moss, then gives up a single to Kolten Wong who moves to second on Garcia’s sac bunt.  Matt Carpenter would walk and end up at second on Diz’s single to left scoring Wong.  Lackey gets out of the inning but the Cards are up 2-0.  Baez would get a single but that would be all the action for the Cubs in the second.  Johnny Peralta leads off the third with a solo home run but Lackey gets out of the inning but not before giving up a single to Wong.

Zo would start off the bottom of the third with a single and scores on Kris Bryant’s 16th double of the season.  With Rizzo at the plate, Garcia would throw a wild pitch moving Bryant to third.  After Rizzo strikes out, Wilson Contreras would get his second RBI of his young career sending a single to center.  Cubs 2, Cardinals 3.

Lackey would score his first 1-2-3 inning with two flyouts and a ground out.  Jamie Grcia would do the same but with two ground outs and a K.  Both men would hit a batter in the 5th but Lackey would give up a single to Stephen Piscotty.  Lackey would score his second 1-2-3 inning of the game.  The bottom half would see a walk to Baez but all three batters would fly out.

Trevor Cahill would replace John Lackey in the top of the seventh getting all three batters out.  Garcia would stay in the game getting the first two outs but gives up a single to Jason Heyward bringing Tommy Pham into the game to face Kris Bryant who flys out to end the inning.

Travis Wood comes into the eighth making it a quick 1-2-3 inning.  Seung Hwan Oh enters the game giving up a single to Rizzo who ends being forced out on Contreras’s double play.  Baez would come up to the plate but goes down swinging.

Justin Grimm comes in the eighth striking out Pham but walks Matt Carpenter who gets caught caught stealing second.  Aledyms Diaz walks and that brings Maddon to the mound for a new pitcher.  Clayton Richard  would come into the game to face Jedd Gyorko giving up a double that Diaz would try to score on but gets caught on Kris Bryant’s relay to Russell.

The Cubs last chance sees Trevor Rosenthal enter the game for the Cards to try and get the save and starts out by striking out Russell.  Albert Almora Jr would double and Chris Coghlan, pinch hitting would get hit to reach first.  Almora would get gunned down at third by Yadier Molina.  Zo would send a single to right field moving Coughlan to third.  Man on first and third with Jason Heyward at the plate but he pops out to end the game for the Cubs.

Not a win for the Cubs and only a small loss for Lackey.  He goes to 7 and 3 but the Cubs at 47 and 21 still hold the best record in the Majors.

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Game two at Nationals Park has John Lackey up against the struggling Gio Gonzalez with Lackey looking to secure win number 8. Dexter Fowler would lead off the game with a single to right but is caught up in a double play ball hit by Heyward.  That would be all the action in the first two innings with Lackey having three K’s to Gio’s 1.  

Gio would continue the third with getting the first two outs of the inning but gives up a single to Lackey.   Fowler would smack his 19th double of the year pushing Lackey to third.  Heyward redeems himself with a two RBI double.  A visit to the mound and they decide to walk Bryant but gets Rizzo to strikeout to end the top half.  Lackey gives up a lead off single to Danny Espinosa but strikes out Jose Lobaton.  Then he hits Gio and gives up a single to Ben Revere to load the bases.  Jayson Werth would send a fly ball to right scoring Danny for a sac fly.  Harper walks but Daniel Murphy lines out to end the inning.  Cubs 2, Nats 1 after 3.  

Ben Zobrist leads off with a walk, Baez grounds out to Gio pushing Zo to second.   Zo steals third as Russell reaches by walking.  David Ross singles to center scoring Zo for another run.  Dusty Baker visits Gio again calming him down enough to strike out Lackey and get Fowler to flyout to end the inning.  Cubs up 3-1.  Lackey adds another K in his half of the inning for a 1-2-3.  

Gio gets a quick 1-2-3 fifth.  Lackey tries to follow but puts two men on but gets out of the inning with no runs added.  Gio strikes out the side in the sixth, Lackey only gets two K’s.   

Gio would walk Ross in the top of the seventh and Lackey’s bunt would push him to second prompting a call to the pen for Oliver Perez who shuts down the inning. Lackey gives up a walk by hitting Espinosa who ends up at third on Lobaton’s double to right.  Maddon decides to bring in Pedro strop who gets out of the inning but not before allowing Danny to cross the plate.  After 7 it’s 3-2 Cubs.  

Sammy Solis enters the game and gives up a two out double to Zo but strikes out Baez to end the inning. Travis Wood comes in for the Cubs walking Harper and getting Murphy to line out to bring in Hector Rondon who gives up a single to Ryan Zimmerman, then a sac fly to Rendon who brings in Harper to tie the game.  

With Solis still in for the Nats, he walks Russell to start the 9th who moves to second on Ross’s sac bunt.  Albert Almora, Jr who came into the game when Wood was pulled smacks a sharp liner to left scoring Russell putting the Cubs back up by 1 going into the bottom of the 9th.  Hector Rondon still in also makes it a 1-2-3 bottom half to end the game and add another W for the Cubs.  In what could be a playoff preview the Cubs really have the Nationals number making this a better foreshadow for the Cubs.  

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Game 3, Phillies throw 24 year-old Vince Velasuez to the Cubs, who number 3 John Lackey takes to the mound.  Lackey throws two perfect innings compared to Velasquez, who gives up three singles in the first to Dexter Fowler, Jason Heywrad and Anthony Rizzo who’s single brings in Fowler for the first run of the game.  Miguel Montero leads off the second inning with a 2-0 fly ball that hits the right field score board.  

Lackey would start the third off by walking Tyler Goeddel but he’d get his counterpart Velasquez to pop out and then strikes out both Peter Bourjos and Odubel Herrera.  Velazquez would get Fowler and Heyward out but would give up a single to Kris Bryant.  Then Anthony Rizzo would walk.  Ben Zobrist would continue his hitting streak with his 7th home run of the season putting the Cubs up by 5.  

John would give up a lead off double to Freddy Galvis but gets Andres Blanco to ground out.  Maikel Franco would walk.  Tommy Joseph would step two the plate with one out and opportunity to cut down the Cubs lead.  He ends up sending a ground ball to Zobrist to Rizzo for an inning ending double play.  Vince gets his first 1-2-3 inning of the day.  In the fifth, Lackey would give up two singles and a walk but gets out of the inning.  Vince would walk to Fowler to lead off the fifth.  Fowler would be forced out at second on Heywards ground ball but Heyward would advance to second on an error by Galvis. Bryant would single to center racking up his 37th RBI of the season.  Velazquez would get Zobrist to strike out.  Montero would send a soft line drive to left scoring Bryant.  Brett Oberholtzer would replace Vince to end the inning with Russel’s force out.  Cubs up 7-0.  

Lackey would have an easy  1-2-3, 6ht inning.  Brett would get the first two outs but would walk the bases loaded but would get out of the inning without adding any more runs.  Lackey would get the first two outs of the 7th then gives up a solo home run to Tyler Goeddel.  He would give up a walk but then ends the inning with a pop out.  David Hernandez would enter the game and give up a walk to Montero then a single to Russell but Matt Szczur would ground into an inning ending double play.  

Travis Wood replaces Lackey in the top of the 8th getting the first two batters out but then gives up a single to Andres Blanco.  Joel Maddon would visit the mound bringing Pedro Strop I no the game getting Maikel Franco to ground out.  Colton Murray enters the bottom of the 8th striking out Tommy La Stella, then Fowler would line out to center.  Another pitching change for the Phills, Hector Neris strikes out Jason Heyward.  

Justin Grimm enters the game in top of the ninth.  He would give up a lead off home run to Tommy Joseph but would get the next three batters out no problem ending the game and the Phillies chance to take one of the three games.  Grab your brooms because it was a sweep!  We start a four game series with the Dodgers on Memroial Day.  

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