Chris Sale’s return to Chicago wasn’t what the ex-White Sox ace was hoping for, but at least it was better than former teammate Jose Quintana, Tuesday’s opposing starter.
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The expected pitchers’ duel between southpaws turned into a shootout early after Quintana was crushed for seven runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work.

Dodgers (33-20) at Cardinals (24-25), 8:15 p.m. ET — One of the hottest teams in baseball, Los Angeles will send Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-5, 4.28 ERA) to the mound to attempt to sweep the Cardinals and earn their seventh straight win and build on their half-game lead in the NL West. Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.32 ERA) will look to stay hot for the Red Birds.

UPDATE: Strickland went with the I wanted to come inside defense after the game. Obviously I’ve left the ball over the plate a couple of times to him and he’s taken advantage of that, so just just mostly go inside and, obviously, I got it in a little too far. Strickland also said that the playoff homers Harper hit off him in 2014 were the past and not connected to Monday.

Harper, for his part, is thinking that Strickland maybe hasn’t put the past behind him.

Youth Paul George Jersey I don’t want to go on a baseball field and fight somebody, he told reporters (per MASN.com’s Mark Zuckerman). Especially when it’s somebody that’s in the past. It’s so in the past that it’s not even relevant anymore. They won the World Series that year. I don’t even think he should be thinking about what happened in the first round. He should be thinking about wearing that ring home every single night. I don’t know why he did it or what he did it for, but I guess it happens.