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Giancarlo Stanton is Home Run Derby favorite

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The gambling site Bovada has come out with its odds for Monday night’s Home Run Derby. You will not be surprised who the favorite is:

I’d probably pick Stanton and Judge at 1-2 as well, and by a hefty margin. For betting purposes, though, I think Sano at 12/1 is pretty tasty.

But yeah, I think this is Stanton’s to lose, with Judge a solid choice if he falters.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.