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As the Associated Press reported, Mark Ellis and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been sizzling lately. Ellis is batting .415 since the All-Star break, getting hits in 11 straight games including a walkoff single Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium that sent his team to a 3-2 victory against the New York Yankees.
The Dodgers have been hot for even longer, going 27-6 since June 22, their best stretch since going 29-5 from Aug. 7-Sept. 9 1953. It's been a fun run, Ellis said:
'We like where we're at,'' said Ellis, who went 2 for 4 while helping the Dodgers win their eighth consecutive one-run game.
Andre Ethier singled against Shawn Kelley and stole second with two outs — he came in 24-of-47 for his career stealing bases — to set up Ellis. Yasiel Puig went 1 for 4 with a run scored, because you were wondering.
Pirates 2-6, Cardinals 1-0: One day left in July and the Bucs are 22 games over .500 and in first place.
Brewers 6-3, Cubs 5-2: An injured hamstring makes Yovani Gallardo tough to trade.
Roger Clemens, back at Fenway to honor the 1988 team managed by Joe Morgan, waves to the crowd. (Getty)
Phillies 7, Giants 3: San Francisco's losing streak reaches five, but Philly's eight-gamer ends.
Tigers 5, Nationals 1: Alex Avila hit a grand slam off Stephen Strasburg, who never had allowed even a three-run homer before.
Braves 11, Rockies 3: Freddie Freeman goes deep twice for the Braves, who've won five straight and lead the Nationals by 10 games in the NL East.
Padres 4, Reds 2: With two outs in the eighth, Nick Hundley drilled a two-run, go-ahead double against Sam LeCure, demonstrating that flipping a lead then is nearly as demoralizing as doing it in the ninth.
Rays 5, Diamondbacks 2: What if the Rays traded a starting pitcher for some hitting?
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 0: Call it cynicism, but Mark Buehrle appears to be trying to pitch his way into a trade so he can work for a place that allows his pet dog.
''Oh, I'm so happy. I can go home and sleep tonight. Just eat food again. I don't have to wake up every three hours and cry.''
— A very sarcastic Chris Davis, after hitting his first home run in 10 games.
This is former major league All-Star Frank Tanana checking the oil in a car. Do you really need to know any more?
• The Tigers have won eight of nine to move 15 games over .500 for the first time this season.
• The Rangers have won consecutive games for the first time in three weeks.
• The Braves own a league-best 36-15 home record.
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