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OUT LOUD

"I feel that I haven't been on the mound my whole life. It felt really weird out there."

— Diamondbacks pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, who gave up five runs in 1-plus innings in a 10-3 loss to San Diego on Monday after coming off the disabled list.

GAME OF NUMBERS

29-43

Astros' road record into Tuesday, worst in the AL.

46

Saves for Pirates closer Mark Melancon, the most in the majors and tying the club record set by Mike Williams in 2002.

264

Strikeouts for the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, a career high.

Timely clout

Prince Fielder

DH, Texas

Fielder broke a 3-all tie with Houston on Monday with a two-run homer in the eighth inning in a 5-3 Texas victory."That felt good," Fielder said. "Anytime you square a ball up, you feel good." His 19th homer of the season traveled an estimated 412 feet to center. He scored three runs.