Not only did Maddux not walk anyone, he didn’t get into a single three-ball count all day. You might think Maddux could have written a textbook in pitching efficiency that day, but actually, the game was probably moving too quick. The Braves beat the Cubs 4-1 in two hours and seven minutes.
For the second time in the last month, the reigning MVP has avoided serious injury and returned ahead of schedule. Kris Bryant continues to impress everybody with his magical healing abilities. He is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after injuring a finger on his left hand while diving into third base during the first inning of Wednesday's game in Atlanta. Bryant was immediately removed from that game, had the off-day Thursday, was held out Friday and expected to be sitting again for the second game of this Cubs-Cardinals series. But that's not the case. Bryant is once again hitting second and playing third base after missing only 17.5 innings with a finger issue
The New York Yankees’ biggest weakness is their rotation, and they might be in the market for one of the best pitchers on the trading block. The Texas Rangers reportedly are listening to offers for starter Yu Darvish, and so far, the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers have been named as potential suitors. But Yankees scout Brian Duckworth was at Tropicana Field on Friday night for Darvish’s start against the Tampa Bay Rays, per the New York Post, which has made some speculate whether New York is looking to make another deal before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. Darvish is a free agent after this season, and the Rangers reportedly are unsure if they’ll be able to re-sign the 30-year-old,