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If we told you that Jon Lester and Max Scherzer set an MLB record Wednesday night during the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals game, you might think it had something to do with the number of millions on the mound. After all, they were the two biggest free agents of the past offseason. Not quite. But this did have something to do with zeroes. Lester, hitting in the second inning against Scherzer, set an MLB record by starting his career 0-for-58 at the plate. Lester hit a deep fly out to Denard Span that looked like it might just break his streak of futility. Alas, Span caught it and Lester moved past former San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Hamilton, who started his career 0-for-57 before getting a hit in 1995. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Following the deep fly out, Lester struck out in his second at-bat of the game, increasing his “record” to 0-for-59. Here’s Jon Lester’s laughable spray chart… Only one deep fly ball ever. pic.twitter.com/Jkejsx1ooF — Daren Willman (@darenw) May 28, 2015 The Cubs didn’t pay Lester $155 million for his bat, so this isn’t a huge disappointment in Wrigleyville. In fact, fans in Chicago are much happier with Lester these days, after he rebounded from his slow start to the season. Though he took the loss in Wednesday night’s pitcher’s duel with Scherzer — the Nats won 3-0 — Lester tossed seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out 12. He’s nearly cut his ERA in half after finishing April at 6.23. Lester’s currently 4-3 with a 3.30 ERA.  And we’re pretty sure the Cubs would take 0-for-2s at the plate from Lester all season if he’s striking out 12 batters on the mound. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester established a major league record Wednesday night for the longest hitless drought to begin a career.

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Matt Kemp erased a month of frustration and ended nine innings of scoreless ball with one cathartic swing of his bat. Kemp hit a three-run double down the left-field line with two outs in the 10th, and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 on Tuesday night. Kemp equaled his RBI total from his previous 15 games with his big hit for the Padres.

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It’s a no-win situation: pitch to reigning AL MVP Mike Trout with the potential winning run at third base and two out in the ninth inning, or walk him intentionally and try your luck with three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols. If I was the manager, I would have done the same thing,” Pujols said. You have to understand that you’ve got one of the best hitters in the game right now hitting in front of you, so it doesn’t make any sense to let the best guy on the team beat you.” Kevin Quackenbush (1-1) gave up a one-out walk to Marc Krauss and No. 9 hitter Johnny Giavotella followed with a single up the middle that sent pinch-runner Collin Cowgill to third.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Los Angeles Angels gave the San Diego Padres a choice not many teams would like: Mike Trout or Albert Pujols? Spoiler alert: The Padres didn’t choose correctly. With the score tied at three Monday night and two out in the ninth inning, the Padres could have pitched to Mike Trout with runners at first and third base. But they chose to walk him to load the bases and take their chances with Albert Pujols. Can’t blame the decision. No need to risk it with the best player in the game. But Pujols made them pay just the same, slapping a broken-bat, walk-off single into left field off Padres’ closer Craig Kimbrel. The Angels were the victors, 4-3 . Pujols notched his 17th career walk-off hit and, according to ESPN Stats & Info , that’s the second most among active players. David Ortiz is No. 1. Pujols appeared to get chirpy with the Padres dugout right after his single, as evidenced here: Albert said after the game that he would have walked Trout too, so that must not be what made him angry. Pujols on walking Trout ahead of him: “It’s not rocket science. If I’m the manager, I would’ve done the same thing.” #Angels — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 26, 2015 We’ll see if there’s any fallout Tuesday for Pujols yelling at the Padres dugout. DREW HUTCHISON THROWS A ‘MADDUX’ FOR BLUE JAYS The up-and-down season of Toronto Blue Jays opening day starter Drew Hutchison was way up Monday, as the 24-year-old pulled off a “Maddux” in Toronto’s 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. What’s a Maddux, you ask? It’s an Internet-created designation , in which a pitcher throws a shutout on fewer than 100 pitches. It’s named for Greg Maddux, because he did it 13 times. Hutchison threw 96 pitches, allowing just four hits and striking out eight. It wasn’t the first Maddux of 2015. Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves has already thrown two of them . JESSE HAHN SHUTS OUT TIGERS Oakland A’s starter Jesse Hahn threw too many pitches (112) for a Maddux, but he’s plenty happy with a complete-game shutout and a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. Hahn says this is his first complete game at any level. Didn’t even have one in college. Says, “The ninth inning has been foreign to me.” — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 25, 2015 Hahn, acquired in a winter trade from the San Diego Padres, turned in his best start with Oakland, allowing four hits and striking out five. A four-run sixth inning was all the offense Hahn would need. DODGERS BEAT BRAVES WITH THREE HOMERS IN THE EIGHTH Well, we knew the Los Angeles Dodgers could launch homers and now the Atlanta Braves do too. The Dodgers, second in all of baseball in homers, broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning by knocking three homers and putting four runs across the plate. Andre Ethier was first, followed by pinch-hitter Alex Guerrero, who hit a two-run dinger, then Jimmy Rollins hit the third of the inning. The Braves added a run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 6-3 loss . Want to see more from Monday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Mike Bolsinger is in an unbeatable groove, and the punchless San Diego Padres had no answer for him. Bolsinger retired his final 23 batters after giving up a leadoff single in the first inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Padres 2-0 Saturday night, sending the Padres to their sixth shutout loss in a span of 18 games. ”He kept them in between speeds all night long and executed pitches,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said.

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Justin Upton erupted Sunday, in a positive way for the San Diego Padres. Upton hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as the Padres broke loose, backing unbeaten James Shields in an 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. A day after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, Upton tied his career high for RBIs.

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The Los Angeles Angels are returning from a lengthy road trip on the other side of the country, but their winning percentage remains the same as the day they left – exactly .500. The Angels will try again to break free from mediocrity in a 10-game homestand that begins Monday night against the San Diego Padres, and Jered Weaver will attempt to start that on a winning note by adding to his recent turnaround. Los Angeles was 17-17 when it started its 10-game trip against AL East teams and moved two games above .500 on Wednesday with Weaver’s 4-3 victory over Toronto.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. How’s this for a pitching performance? Los Angeles Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger allowed a leadoff single to San Diego’s Yangervis Solarte in the first inning, and that was it for the evening. Bolsinger, who’s been thrust into action following injuries to Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy, recovered to induce a ground ball double play from Cory Spangenberg and strike out Matt Kemp to end the first inning. From there, he retired the next 21 batters in succession until being lifted following the eighth inning. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth and continued the roll, setting down all three batters he faced to wrap up the 2-0 victory . Though not a perfect game, it’s pretty much the most efficient game a pitching staff can throw. The Dodgers faced the minimum 27 batters and needed exactly 100 pitches to go the distance. Bolsinger ended up with eight strikeouts over his eight innings while lowering his ERA to 0.71 over four starts. He’s currently on an 18 2/3 scoreless innings streak. Offensively, the Dodgers had all they needed one batter into the game. Joc Pederson, who hit the game-winning homer in Friday’s win, launched a leadoff blast on Saturday. Howie Kendrick also homered off Dan Haren. As for the Padres, it’s the eighth time their revamped offense has been shutout this season and the sixth time in their past 18 games. [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] ANTHONY RIZZO PLAYS HERO WITH HOME RUN, SIX RBIS After a difficult loss in 13 innings on Friday, the Chicago Cubs turned to the rock in the middle of their batting order for guidance on Saturday. Anthony Rizzo answered the call, driving in a career-high six runs in Chicago’s 9-6 win. Rizzo did all of his damage with two big swings. In the fifth, he cleared the bases with a ringing double off Rubby De La Rosa. He then provided the difference for the Cubs with a go-ahead three-run homer off Enrique Burgos in the ninth. The Cubs bailed out Jake Arrieta, who experienced a rare difficult start on Saturday. Arrieta allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in six innings. They pulled even following his exit on Jorge Soler’s two-run double. Ediwn Jackson, James Russell, Jason Motte and Pedro Strop combined for three innings of hitless relief to secure the win. With the victory, Chicago gained another game on the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost 3-2 in a rain-shortened game in Kansas City. The Cubs sit 2 1/2 back headed into Sunday. MATT HARVEY ROUGHED UP IN PITTSBURGH Even baseball’s “Dark Knight” is due for a dark day every now and then. On Saturday, Matt Harvey experienced his against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing a season-high seven runs in a season-low four innings as the Mets fell 8-2 .  Harvey was done in by the long ball early, allowing a two-run homer to Andrew McCutchen in the first and a solo blast to Pedro Alvarez in the second. The Pirates continued pecking away in the fourth, sending eight batters to the plate and scoring four times. Opposing starter A.J. Burnett even contributed a sacrifice fly, which further cements this as an off day for Harvey. Speaking of Burnett, he was outstanding, allowing just one run on five hits through seven frames. He struck out a season-high 10 while lowering his ERA to an astonishing 1.37. Pittsburgh will go for the three-game series sweep on Sunday as they inch closer to .500 at 20-22. The Mets fell to 24-20, but remained a game and a half behind Washington. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] COLE HAMELS CRUISES AS STEPHEN STRASBURG STRUGGLES AGAIN It was a tale of two pitchers in Washington. Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who still figures to be traded prior to the July 31 trade deadline, was outstanding again. Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg, who may need a change of scenary to get on track, continued to scuffle as the Phillies knocked him around in their 8-1 victory .  For Hamels, it was his fourth consecutive win in as many starts and his fifth in six outings. He pitched eight innings, allowing one run on five hits. The 31-year-old left-hander’s stock continues to rise as his ERA lowered under 3.00 for the first time all season. He’s at 2.98 with a home matchup against Colorado awaiting next weekend. For Strasburg, well, there’s not much good to say. He was tagged for six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings. His defense didn’t help, committing four errors during his abbreviated outing, but he wasn’t fooling many batters on this afternoon. Strasburg has now failed to complete four innings in three of his last four outings. He hasn’t completed six since April 25 in Miami. Something’s definitely off, and it’s up to Strasburg and the Nationals to figure it out quickly. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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