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Out Loud

"I hope we're panicking a little bit. … There needs to be a sense of urgency."

— Pitcher Clayton Kershaw, whose Dodgers lost five consecutive games entering play Tuesday.

GAME OF NUMBERS

12

Walk-off wins for the Cubs entering Tuesday, most in any season in the expansion era.

36

Mets home runs in August, which leads the NL entering Tuesday.

7

Third basemen who hit 20 or more homers as rookies in baseball history. Kris Bryant joined the club Monday.

back on the field

Denard Span

OF, Washington

The 31-year-old was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list by the Nationals after missing 40 games because of a back injury. Span intends to ease his way back into being an every-day player. He said, "I haven't played in a long time. My body still needs to get into shape." Span is batting .304 with five homers and 11 steals in 59 games this season.