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Juan Soto dodges injury, says MRI on calf came back clean

Juan Soto didn't start Monday, but walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of Washington's latest loss to Miami.Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

Juan Soto said an MRI on his left calf showed no damage after he left the Washington Nationals game Sunday against the Miami Marlins because of tightness, and he plans to take the situation day by day.

“Everything was fine,” Soto said. “We gonna be good. They said it’s just a little tight, so just going to take a couple days and see how it goes.”

Soto was not in Washington’s starting lineup Monday, but he pinch hit in the eighth and drew a walk during a 3-2 loss to Miami. He has 68 walks and 62 hits this season for the Nats, who at 29-53 are a distant last in the National League East.

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The 23-year-old star felt something tighten up behind his left knee and in his calf after making a throw in right field in the top of the third inning Sunday. He exited after running the bases and getting involved in a rundown in the bottom of the fourth.

“It didn’t feel that well, so I just take the decision to pull out of the game and make sure everything’s fine before I keep going and make it worse,” Soto said. “You don’t want to go out of the game that easy. I want to be out there, I want to give my 100 percent, so I wanted to try.”

In the game, a rare 11:05 a.m. start in Washington, Bryan De La Cruz hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in the 10th inning, the Marlins completing a sweep and beating the Nationals for the 12th time in 13 games this year. Miami is 26-39 against the rest of the majors.

The Nationals grounded into three double plays, adding to their major league-leading total of 80 this season. Also Monday, the Washington Post reported that in recent weeks, two potential ownership groups who would buy the team from the Lerner family — in charge since 2006 — visited in person, touring Nationals Park and sitting through presentations from high-level club staff in baseball and business. Another such in-person meeting with a third group is reportedly scheduled for later this month.

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White Sox opt to play despite Chicago mass shooting

The White Sox held a moment of silence Monday after a mass shooting in nearby Highland Park, Ill.Paul Beaty/Associated Press

The Chicago White Sox talked to Major League Baseball about postponing their game against the Minnesota Twins after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people. But after speaking with MLB and contact with local authorities, the game — which Minnesota won, 6-3, in 10 innings — began on time.

The postgame fireworks show was canceled, and the team observed a moment of silence before the first pitch. Several nearby cities canceled events, including parades and fireworks, some of them noting that the Highland Park shooter was still at large.

“Something need to change,” White Sox closer Liam Hendriks, an Australian, said. “I can walk into the stores as a non-American and buy a handgun in certain states. And that baffles me because I had to take a driving test when I came over here. I won’t have to take a test if I want to get a gun. That’s stupid.”

The game included an MLB first: An 8-5 triple play. With runners on first and second in the Chicago seventh, Byron Buxton ran down a AJ Pollock drive to the warning track in center. Both runners were between second and third when Buxton’s throw reached Gio Urshela, who tagged Yoan Moncada and stepped on second to double off lead man Adam Engel.

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Inside-the-park home run for Seiya Suzuki in Cubs return, but Brewers walk off

Victor Caratini hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to give Milwaukee a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Caratini’s big hit followed an eventful ninth inning that featured an inside-the-park homer from Chicago’s Seiya Suzuki and a two-out, bases-loaded walk by Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich. It was 1-all when Suzuki, playing for the first time since May 26 due to a sprained left ring finger, hit a drive off Josh Hader that ricocheted off an angled portion of the center-field wall, bounced past center fielder Jonathan Davis, and rolled along the warning track back toward right field. Suzuki slid around Caratini’s tag attempt at the plate to give the Cubs the lead, but David Robertson couldn’t protect the lead, loading the bases with two out and walking Yelich on four pitches to bring home the tying run . . . Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor homered, helping the Mets beat lowly Cincinnati, 7-4, and reach 50 victories. Taijuan Walker (7-2) struck out nine in six innings as NL East-leading New York earned its second straight win after a stretch of four losses in five games. Ace Max Scherzer is scheduled to return Tuesday night after being sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle . . . Yordan Alvarez homered with two outs in the ninth inning, and Houston beat Kansas City, 7-6, for its seventh straight win. Led by Kyle Tucker and Alvarez, AL West-leading Houston erased a five-run deficit on the way to its 15th victory in its last 18 games, highlighted by Alvarez’s drive to left-center against Connecticut’s Scott Barlow . . . Jorge Mateo limped to first base when Matt Moore hit him near the left knee with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, and Baltimore (37-44) reached the season’s halfway point by coming from behind late to beat Texas, 7-6. Rookie Adley Rutschman, who began the day in an 0-for-18 skid, tied the score against Joe Barlow with a two-out RBI double in the ninth. The O’s are 23-20 following a 14-24 start . . . Jonathan Schoop had two singles to close out a six-hit night, Eric Haase had his sixth home run, and Tyler Alexander pitched three-plus scoreless innings of relief to finish a Detroit doubleheader sweep of Cleveland, 4-1 and 5-3, in the Guardians’ third doubleheader in seven days. In the opener, Garrett Hill won his major league debut by pitching six impressive innings and Miguel Cabrera delivered a key two-run single which put him at 3,060 hits, tying Craig Biggio for 25th on the all-time list . . . Madison Bumgarner beat his former team as Arizona handed San Francisco its fifth straight loss, 8-3. The Giants have lost 11 of 14. Last season, they went 17-2 against Arizona in winning the NL West title, but Bumgarner allowed three runs in five innings and 100 pitches to begin the season series with the club the 32-year-old won three World Series with . . . Atlanta activated outfielder Eddie Rosario and lefthanded reliever Tyler Matzek from the injured list before its game against St. Louis, with Rosario getting the start in left field. Rosario was placed on the injured list on April 25 due to blurred vision and a swollen right retina. He had a procedure to repair the condition. He hit only .068 in 44 at-bats before landing on the injured list after hitting a combined .259 with 14 homers with Cleveland and Atlanta in 2021. The Braves will have a surplus of outfielders when Adam Duvall returns after being hit by a pitch on his left hand on Saturday. Manager Brian Snitker said Duvall “is still going to be a couple days before he can swing.” Matzek was placed on the injured list on May 17 with left shoulder inflammation.

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