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Giancarlo Stanton reportedly prefers to be traded to the Dodgers

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Giancarlo Stanton has provided the Marlins with a list of teams to which he’d accept a trade.

Neither the Marlins nor Stanton are talking about it, but Morosi reports that industry speculation is that the Dodgers are his first choice. Not shocking given that Stanton is from Los Angeles and given that they are, without question, set up to win now.

Still, there is no suggestion that the Dodgers are eager to add Stanton. Yes, any team would love to have him, but with $295 million on his contract and the Marlins likely asking for a number of top prospects for him, it would not be shocking if the Dodgers said “ya know, we won 104 games without you, so we’re good.”

To date the Giants and Cardinals have been mentioned most prominently among clubs interested in Stanton. One has to assume that the Marlins and Stanton’s people are going to do whatever they can to expand that pool of suitors.

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.