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OUT LOUD

"I'm happy to still be playing baseball. Anytime anybody wants you it's a good thing."

— Braves third baseman Juan Uribe, 36, who was traded by the Dodgers to the Braves in a six-player deal Wednesday.

GAME OF NUMBERS

3-4

Number of regular-season games Montreal's mayor has asked MLB to play in his city next season. Montreal had the Expos from 1969 through 2004.

6-0

James Shields' record with the Padres, who signed him as a free agent in the offseason. The former Kansas City ace is winning despite a 3.75 ERA and a majors-high of 15 homers allowed.

Mowing 'em down

Max Scherzer

RHP, Washington

He allowed only five hits in seven innings as Washington beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday. Scherzer also struck out a season-high 13 while walking one in his fifth consecutive win. "He's got extra gears that a lot of people don't have," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of Scherzer, who is 6-3 now.