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today:HOT TEMPERSSuspensions could be on deck after Wednesday night’s melee between the Braves and Marlins. Ronald Acuna’s chance to extend his home run streak was put on hold when Miami pitcher Jose Urena hit the rookie slugger in the left elbow with his first pitch Ronald Acuna Jr. Jersey , a 97 mph fastball that left Acuna in obvious pain. The benches and bullpens for both teams emptied twice. Urena and Atlanta manager Brian Snitker were ejected, and Snitker had angry words for the pitcher. The 20-year-old Acuna exited in the second inning — the Braves said X-rays were negative and results of further tests would be announced Thursday. Atlanta won 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep.REDBIRDS SOARINGMarcell Ozuna and the Cardinals try to extend their season-best winning streak to nine games when they go for a four-game sweep of fading Washington. St. Louis, which is 18-9 since the All-Star break, hopes to have Matt Carpenter back in the lineup. On a major tear at the plate, Carpenter was removed from Wednesday night’s game as a precaution after being hit on the hand by a pitch in the seventh inning. X-rays were negative, and Carpenter doesn’t expect to miss any time. “The pain and swelling started to go down a bit,” he said. “I definitely dodged a bullet there.” Before leaving, Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games. He has 17 homers and 30 RBIs during the run.TRYING TO FIND ITStruggling lefty Jon Lester and the first-place Cubs visit Pittsburgh in the opener of a four-game series between NL Central rivals. Lester (12-5, 3.89 ERA) is 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. Ivan Nova (7-6 Sean Newcomb Jersey , 4.42) gets the ball for the Pirates.LET’S PLAY FIVEPhiladelphia hosts the New York Mets in an odd five-game series that begins with a single-admission doubleheader and ends with a “home” game about 180 miles northeast of Citizens Bank Park. The doubleheader Thursday includes the makeup of a May 12 rainout. Aaron Nola (13-3, 2.28 ERA) starts the opener for the Phillies, who trail first-place Atlanta by two games in the NL East. Steven Matz is set to come off the disabled list for New York. Zach Eflin opposes Mets rookie Corey Oswalt in the nightcap. The teams then have a 6:05 p.m. start time Friday because of a postgame concert. They play a late-afternoon game Saturday before traveling to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for Sunday’s Little League Classic.IF YOU CAN MAKE IT THERE …Tampa Bay has lost 12 consecutive series at Yankee Stadium dating to September 2014, but Blake Snell and the Rays can end that dubious streak in the finale of a three-game set. Snell (13-5, 2.18 ERA) makes his second start after a stint on the disabled list because of left shoulder fatigue. He faced Toronto in his previous outing and was perfect through five innings before being pulled. Masahiro Tanaka (9-3, 4.08) pitches for New York. A weekly look at some of the standout players during spring training and how they might help their teams this season (through Wednesday):JACK FLAHERTY, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Preston Tucker Jersey , RHPThe 23-year-old struck out nine over four scoreless innings in his most recent start, including seven in a row. He was among the National League’s top rookies last season, going 8-9 with a 3.34 ERA in 28 starts with 182 strikeouts in 151 innings.ALBERT PUJOLS, LOS ANGELES ANGELS, DH/1BThe three-time Most Valuable Player started with seven hits in 12 at-bats, including a double and a home run. The 39-year-old’s production has declined over the past several seasons and he hit .245 with 19 homers in 117 games last year, a season cut short by knee surgery in August.FERNANDO TATIS JR., SAN DIEGO PADRES, INFThe 20-year-old is batting .318 with seven hits in 22 at-bats Zack Greinke Jersey , including two homers, one double and one triple.CHRIS ARCHER, PITTSBURGH PIRATES, RHPHe pitched hitless innings while striking out four in his first outing Tuesday. The 30-year-old, a two-time All-Star, was 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 10 starts after he was acquired from Tampa Bay on July 31.AARON JUDGE, NEW YORK YANKEES, OFThe 26-year-old started 6 for 15 (.400) with three homers and three doubles. Judge has hit 79 homers over the past two seasons, including 27 last year despite playing in just 112 games because of a broken right wrist.CHARLIE MORTON http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , TAMPA BAY RAYS, RHPCharlie Morton, projected as one of three starters on a team that uses openers, has pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings over two starts. The 35-year-old agreed to a $30 million, two-year contract as a free agent.CHANCE SISCO, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, CThe 24-year-old had four homers in his first 12 at-bats. He struggled as a rookie last season, hitting .181 with 66 strikeouts in 160 at-bats.
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