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OUT LOUD

"My worst at-bat of the game was the base hit with two RBIs, but in the boxscore it was the best."

— Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos on his bloop single in the eighth inning in Detroit's 10-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

GAME OF NUMBERS

9

Homers for Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber in 35 games through Tuesday.

1

Career game-winning hits for ex-Twin Pedro Florimon. His triple drove in the winning run Tuesday in the Pirates' 9-8 victory over Arizona in 15 innings. He failed on a sacrifice bunt attempt in the 13th.

SMART MOVE

Melvin Upton Jr.

OF, San Diego

Because Will Venable was traded away, Upton got a chance to start Tuesday against Atlanta, his former team, and hit two two-run homers in the Padres' 9-0 win over the Braves. "I didn't see that coming, but I felt pretty good at the plate," he said. "Obviously the situation that me and Will were kind of alternating, that's tough for anybody." Upton has five homers this season.