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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Well, I mentioned that Christian Yelich's bothersome back looked good during batting practice. It looks pretty good during the game, too. Yelich homered down the right-field line off Philadelphia starter Jerad Eickhoff to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead in the third. That's 20 bombs on the season for Yelich. He's hit 16 homers at Miller Park in 20 games there this season. His home OPS is currently 1.691 and he's driven in 33 runs in those 20 games.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian Yelich is back in the Brewers' lineup tonight after missing a couple of games with a balky back. He certainly looked ready during batting practice, and it turned out to be a good thing he didn't show up at Miller Park today saying he needed another day off. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell, like the rest of us, saw the viral video of Yelich chugging a brewskie at last night's Bucks-Raptors game. Counsell said, "When I saw him doing that, I was pretty sure he was going to play today. It made me feel really good." Basically, it was the most Milwaukee baseball press conference ever.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Didi Gregorius will begin a rehab assignment in Tampa tomorrow night. It likely will last less than 20 days, manager Aaron Boone said. After 2-3 games in Tampa, he'll probably be moved to Scranton for a few more. He's going to be in pinstripes really soon. Said Boone: "Since the surgery, it's kind of gone how we hoped. Every step of the way. And this is another indication of that, another big step in working his way back that looks like it's going to be sooner rather than later now ... Didi's just a ballplayer, man. He's tough. He likes to play. He likes all that goes with it. So I haven't been surprised at all. When I talked to him in the winter, it was like, ‘I'll be ready to go. I'm ready now.'"

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As James Paxton indicated in Tampa today, tomorrow will be a big day in figuring out what his next steps may be. Aaron Boone just said he heard Paxton threw well, and showed "all the things we wanted to see." The problem, though, is Paxton still felt some discomfort in his knee. The goal is for him to feel good from a discomfort/soreness standpoint tomorrow morning. If he doesn't, they'll have to figure out what else he'd need to do next before returning to the rotation. Oh, and do the Yankees have enough pitching to possibly cover another one of Paxton's turns (not to mention CC Sabathia's), Boone smiled and said yes. "We'll have to mix and match and get creative," but the Yanks have that pitching, he said.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Steve Cishek discuss his blown save in the Cubs 6-5 loss to the Reds.


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Yankees open (or at least try to, weather permitting) in Kansas City, here's how they'll line it up: 2B LeMahieu 1B Voit CF Hicks C Sánchez SS Torres DH Morales RF Frazier 3B Urshela LF Gardner SP Green

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Aledmys Diaz with a brilliant slide home to score a run and give the Astros a 1-0 lead over Boston.