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OUT LOUD

"This time of the year, things tend to get a little uptight … These little sojourns from the normal I think are good for everybody."

— Cubs manager Joe Maddon explaining why he had a cheetah brought to Wrigley Field before Wednesday's game with Milwaukee.

GAME OF NUMBERS

26

Homers for Kris Bryant, a Cubs record for a rookie, beating Hall of Famer Billy Williams' mark in 1961.

13-6

Mariners' record in September, the best in AL.

118

Walks for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, a franchise record.

Rookie sensation

Greg Bird

1B, New York Yankees

The rookie's three-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Yankees a 6-4 win in Toronto on Tuesday. Bird has 10 home runs in 34 games and three in the past three nights. Bird ripped his helmet off and slammed it down as he returned to the dugout. "I was pretty pumped up," he said. "It's a big win for us. Good feeling."