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Yelich's first career grand slam sends Brewers past Nats

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Yelich's first career grand slam sends Brewers past Nats

Christian Yelich hit his first career grand slam, Keon Broxton added a three-run homer, and the Milwaukee Brewers earned a series victory with a 9-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Both Broxton and Yelich homered as part of a seven-run fifth inning. It matched Milwaukee's highest-scoring inning of the season.

Washington starter Jefry Rodriguez (2-2) struggled with his control throughout his outing, walking seven while allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. But he wasn't hit hard until the fifth.

Rodriguez retired two of the first three batters that inning but yielded a Manny Pina single and then Broxton's blast to center.

Manager Dave Martinez pulled Rodriguez after another single and a walk, but reliever Tim Collins fared no better. His first six pitches were balls. Yelich hammered the seventh to left center for his 27th homer of the season to give Milwaukee a 9-4 advantage.

Yelich has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games and has homered nine times in that span.

Reliever Brandon Woodruff (3-0) pitched four scoreless innings to earn the victory.

Rodriguez walked the game's first two batters, and both scored on Mike Moustakas' one-out single. Washington got a run back in the second when Wilmer Difo homered into the visitors' bullpen, then took a 4-2 lead when Juan Soto delivered an RBI single and Mark Reynolds added a two-run single a batter later in the third.

Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra allowed four runs in three innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: Milwaukee's active roster is at 34 after recalling RHP Corey Knebel from Triple-A Colorado Springs and RHP Zach Davies from Class A Wisconsin. INF/OF Nick Franklin was activated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Colorado Springs.

Nationals: LHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) threw a simulated game Sunday. Martinez said he hopes Doolittle will be activated later this week. . RHP Erick Fedde (shoulder), on the disabled list since July 5, will be activated and start Tuesday against St. Louis.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Davies (2-5, 5.23 ERA) hasn't started a major league game since May 29 because of a shoulder injury and will get the ball Monday as Milwaukee begins a three-game series at home against the Chicago Cubs.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.22), who is one strikeout away from his fifth 250-strikeout season in a row, starts Monday against St. Louis as Washington's 10-game homestand continues.

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Gerardo Parra brings back 'Baby Shark' gesture to celebrate base hits in Japan

Gerardo Parra brings back 'Baby Shark' gesture to celebrate base hits in Japan

Gerardo Parra may no longer be playing for the Nationals, but that hasn’t stopped him from carrying on the “Baby Shark” legacy.

The veteran outfielder is now a member of the Japanese Nippon Baseball League’s Yomiuri Giants, who kicked off their preseason schedule last weekend. Facing the Chunichi Dragons on Tuesday, Parra roped a single up the middle and celebrated the hit with a finger shark to his teammates in the dugout.

Parra hasn’t ditched his signature walk-up song, either. When he stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat, “Baby Shark” rang through the speakers as fans chomped away. He responded by hitting a double down the leftfield line, which generated some shark claps from his teammates as well.

Of course, a double calls for a two-handed shark from Parra at second base.

Parra then scored on a triple off the bat of teammate Israel Mota, who didn’t hesitate to turn around and go full two-armed shark from third.

This is only the preseason, folks. It appears Parra Shark is here to stay, making this just the beginning of his rise to international fame.

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LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over Astros cheating scandal

LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over Astros cheating scandal

The Astros cheating scandal has gotten so big, LeBron James is chiming in with his take on how Major League Baseball has handled the situation. 

In consecutive tweets on Tuesday, James called out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, telling him to listen to his increasingly frustrated players. 

Following the league's investigation into the Astros' sign-stealing scheme from 2017, the Astros were fined $5 million and stripped of their first and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 draft.

General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were also suspended from baseball for a year and subsequentially fired for their roles in the scheme. However, no Astros players were punished, inciting plenty of frustration and anger around the league. 

Nick Markakis said every Astros player, 'deserves a beating,' Howie Kendrick called out Manfred's handling of the situation and that's just to name the most recent cases. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are some of the biggest names to voice their displeasure with the Astros and Major League's Baseball's shortcomings in the aftermath of the investigation. 

James is one of the most famous players in the world, no matter the sport, and is one of the more pro-player advocates in professional sports today. It's not surprising James is siding with the players on this one, but it shows just how big this Astros mess has become. 

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