Rockies-Dodgers preview (The Associated Press)

Los Angeles confronts the National League's most potent offense without the major leagues' best pitcher Friday night when the Dodgers begin a three-game series at home against the Colorado Rockies. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, scheduled to start Friday, instead went on the disabled list with a herniated disk. Kershaw, who lost his last start Sunday in Pittsburgh, complained of back stiffness after the game.

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Mets rally, hold off Cubs 4-3 to stop skid in NLCS rematch (The Associated Press)

A streak or two of celebration whipped cream was still stuck in Brandon Nimmo's hairline as he peeled off his baseball socks in the clubhouse Thursday night. Plenty of time to clean up, the Mets rookie figured. Yoenis Cespedes socked a colossal home run , Jeurys Familia pitched out of a huge jam in the ninth inning and Nimmo keyed a three-run rally in the seventh that sent New York past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in their first meeting since last year's NL Championship Series.

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Baseball results (Reuters)

July 1 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB games on Thursday (home team in CAPS) NY YANKEES 2 Texas 1 LA Dodgers 8 MILWAUKEE 1 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6 Minnesota 5 WASHINGTON 13 Cincinnati 4 Cleveland 4 TORONTO 1 NY METS 4 Chicago Cubs 3 Detroit 10 TAMPA BAY 7 ATLANTA 8 Miami 5 Kansas City 4 ST. LOUIS 2 San Francisco 12 OAKLAND 6 SEATTLE 5 Baltimore 3

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LEADING OFF: Hammel vs deGrom, Rangers need relief (The Associated Press)

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

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Podcast: Lenny Dykstra on steroids, jail and his new tell-all book (Big League Stew)

Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies out fielder Lenny Dykstra has lived an … uh … interesting life. At some point, he realized this and decided to put all his stories together in one place. Dykstra appeared on this week’s StewPod to discuss some of those subjects and promote his new book. Anyone who followed Dykstra during his career, or is interested in some of the things he’s said thus far on his media tour won’t want to miss this edition of the StewPod. Former Met and Phillie Lenny Dykstra has written a tell-all book about his life.

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Mets RF Curtis Granderson sidelined with strained calf (The Associated Press)

Curtis Granderson was out of the New York Mets' lineup again Thursday night because of an injured right calf. General manager Sandy Alderson said Granderson had an MRI that showed a mild strain. The right fielder was unavailable off the bench against the Chicago Cubs and is expected to miss at least a couple of games.

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Watch live: Cubs, Mets meet for first time since NLCS (Big League Stew)

The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets meet for four games beginning Thursday. It’ll be the first time they’ve played since last season’s National League Championship Series, in which the hard-throwing Mets swept the upstart Cubs and advanced to the World Series. You can see what happens when the Cubs and Mets meet again, right here on Yahoo Sports. The first two games of the series — Thursday night and Friday night — are the MLB Free Games of the Day.

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Dodgers send ace pitcher Kershaw to disabled list (AFP)

Standout left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw was sent to Major League Baseball's disabled list Thursday by the Los Angeles Dodgers after receiving an epidural to relieve pain in his aching back. The Dodgers are 14-2 this season in games started by Kershaw, who returned from Milwaukee to Los Angeles on Wednesday for tests after complaining of pain and stiffness in his lower back over the past few days. The epidural means Kershaw would likely be idled for several days.

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Five players who need your All-Star vote right now (Big League Stew)

The Major League Baseball All-Star game is just around the corner. On July 12, the American League and National League will go at it in San Diego to determine home field advantage in the World Series.

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LEADING OFF: Cleveland streaking, Bumgarner needs no DH (The Associated Press)

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

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