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David Freese walloped a three-run double in the second inning on Sunday, leading the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Freese continues to excel in the middle of the Pirates lineup, slashing .290/.369/.448 with six bombs and 30 RBI.
Jun 26 - 10:55 PM

Chad Kuhl defeated the Dodgers in his MLB debut on Sunday night, allowing three runs on four hits over five innings of work.

The right-hander punched out five on the night while walking four. All of the damage against him was inflicted by Justin Turner who clubbed a two-run homer and an RBI double. It'll be interesting to see if he bought himself another start with this effort, or if the team will turn back to Juan Nicasio or perhaps call up Tyler Glasnow to fill the rotation spot next time around. If Kuhl does get another start, it'll come against the Athletics in Oakland on Saturday.
Jun 26 - 10:53 PM

Justin Turner continued his hot-hitting ways in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

Turner accounted for all of the Dodgers offense in this one, smacking a two-run homer off of Chad Kuhl in the third inning and adding on an RBI double in the fifth. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now slashing .250/.332/.437 with 11 homers and 37 RBI.
Jun 26 - 10:52 PM

Clayton Kershaw had a rare off-night on Sunday, surrendering four runs on nine hits over six innings in a losing effort against the Pirates.

The All-Star southpaw struck out four and walked two on the evening. This marked the first time all season that Kershaw has issued more than one walk. All of the damage against him was done with two outs in the second inning, where Adam Frazier delivered an RBI single and David Freese smacked a three-run double. Even with this poor outing, Kershaw still owns a stellar 11-2 record, 1.79 ERA and 0.73 WHIP on the season. He'll take on the Rockies his next time out at home on Friday.
Jun 26 - 10:50 PM

Andrew McCutchen was ejected from Sunday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called third strike call.

McCutchen doesn't get visibly frustrated often, but he let his emotions spill over in this one on what was a questionable third strike call. He'll catch the rest of this game from the clubhouse.
Jun 26 - 10:47 PM

Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac on Monday.

He's only going to need a couple of appearances before he's deemed ready to rejoin the Nationals, which should come at some point next week. Shawn Kelley, who has filled in as the Nats closer in Papelbon's absence, will return to a setup role upon the veteran right-hander's return.
Jun 26 - 10:24 PM

Jordy Mercer was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Dodgers with head and right ear discomfort.

Mercer sustained the injury while sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play. He'll likely be re-evaluated on Monday, but it doesn't sound as though a trip to the disabled list is in his future.
Jun 26 - 9:52 PM

Marlins activated RHP Nefi Ogando from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans.

Ogando has been sidelined since May 9 due to a fractured rib on his right side. He'll continue to work his way back into game shape at the minor league level and should get another chance with the Marlins later in the summer.
Jun 26 - 8:26 PM
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