After Yasiel Puig’s mother threw out the first pitch and 40,000 fans got his bobblehead doll, the slugger had his biggest game at the plate in quite a while. Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers realize their roster could look much different when they go back to work in two days, so they enjoyed what might have been this group’s last night together. Pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez delivered the go-ahead, two-run double during the Dodgers’ five-run seventh inning, and Los Angeles rallied from a three-run deficit for a wild 10-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

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Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday due to hip soreness. Kershaw is expected to start Friday in the Freeway Series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said during batting practice. Mike Bolsinger (5-3) stepped in for the start against the A’s.

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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 Oakland Athletics may be selling off parts, but pitcher Sonny Gray is here to stay. The right-hander was excellent during a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] Gray was so good that the Athletics didn’t need to use any other pitcher during the contest. He went the distance, giving up just three hits during a complete game shutout. Gray struck out nine and walked one during the performance.  It was Gray’s fourth career shutout. Two of those have come this month. That’s Gray’s second shutout this month. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 29, 2015 Gray apparently wasn’t satisfied with just dominating on the mound. He actually picked up his first major-league hit during the contest. Gray singled on a 96 mph fastball from Pedro Baez to open the eighth inning. Though he had an outside chance at a double, Gray showed excellent awareness, opting not to test Yasiel Puig’s arm. Gray, who had been sharing a bat with Scott Kazmir all season, used one of Billy Butler’s bats for the hit. Though he said it was too heavy, Butler told Gray he could keep the bat. Gray used Butler’s bat for his hit. Says it was way too heavy. Butler says he can keep it. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 29, 2015 Gray improved to 11-4 with the win. The Athletics are currently 45-56, which puts them in last place in the American League West. YANKEES EXPLODE FOR 21 RUNS The New York Yankees came to play Tuesday night. The club exploded for 21 runs during a blowout of the Texas Rangers. Though New York eventually wound up on top, things didn’t look so rosy early. Starter Chris Capuano couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up five runs.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] It didn’t take long for the Yankees to strike back. In the second inning, the team scored an incredible 11 runs. Six different players accounted for run-scoring hits in the frame. Both Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan each had two run-scoring hits. While the output of the second inning wouldn’t be topped, the Yankees didn’t let up. The club scored four more runs in the third, three in the sixth and two in the ninth. Pretty much every player on the team turned in a big offensive game. Four Yankees had at least three RBIs, two walked three times and six wound up scoring multiple runs. With the win, New York improved to 57-42 on the year. SYNDERGAARD LOOKS SUPER New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is nicknamed after a superhero, and now he’s starting to pitch like one. Syndergaard was fantastic during the club’s 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Syndergaard tossed eight shutout innings, giving up just three hits during the contest. He struck out nine and did not issue any walks. The rookie has been on a tremendous run lately. Over his last six starts, he’s allowed just six earned runs. Syndergaard has started throwing a slider more often during his last two starts, so that could be a reason for his recent success. While he’s been great lately, it’s tough to argue against Tuesday being his best start of the season. Syndergaard had a perfect game entering the seventh inning. That was broken up by a Will Venable single to lead off the frame. With the win, the Mets improved to 52-48 on the season. THE WHITE SOX WON’T LOSE The Chicago White Sox are certainly making things interesting at the trade deadline. The club ripped off another win Tuesday, picking up the 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. With the victory, the team now has a six-game winning streak. Due to the club’s recent success, some are starting to wonder whether pitcher Jeff Samardzija will actually be dealt at the deadline. Better chance of Tigers trading Price than White Sox trading Samardzija, as I just said on @FOXSports1 #MLBWhipAround . — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 29, 2015 Though the White Sox’s record is just 48-50, the club remains 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot. Given how horrible they’ve looking to open the year, that’s pretty shocking. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The White Sox have two more games against Boston before the trade deadline. If they can continue to extend their winning streak, they may not sell like everyone expected. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games?  Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

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In their second trade in four days, the Mets acquired closer Tyler Clippard from Oakland on Monday for minor league pitcher Casey Meisner in a swap of right-handers that increases New York’s payroll by a little more than $2 million. The 30-year-old Clippard, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is 1-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances. The Athletics obtained him from Washington in January.

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The Oakland Athletics have lost four in a row and already traded one of their top pitchers when they sent Scott Kazmir to Houston. It’s been over a half-century since an entire league was within nine games of a postseason spot at this point in the year, and what’s happening in the AL speaks not only to the effect of an extra wild card – but also to a level of parity that has become the norm in baseball in recent years. On the morning of July 27, 1958, the entire eight-team National League was within 8 1/2 games of first place, according to STATS LLC. There were no divisions and no wild cards back then, so you had to finish first to make the postseason.

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Tim Hudson knows almost nobody around the ever-changing Oakland Athletics anymore. Hudson earned a win against the only team he had never beaten in a 17-year big league career, pitching the San Francisco Giants past the struggling A’s 4-3 on Sunday for a sweep in the Bay Bridge Series. Matt Duffy hit a two-run homer in the first and drove in three runs, and Brandon Belt added an RBI single in the initial inning to back Hudson, who became the 15th pitcher to defeat all 30 current teams in the majors.

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The first domino has fallen. We look at the Scott Kazmir trade and the rest of the week's big baseball news.

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Madison Bumgarner took another step toward cementing his status as the best-hitting pitcher in the majors. The Giants’ three-time All-Star was still more pleased with what he did on the mound than at the plate. Bumgarner hit a home run and pitched seven innings for his third consecutive win, and San Francisco beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Saturday.

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