Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of closers and stolen bases.

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Kyle Hendricks hadn’t thrown a complete game or shutout in his two-year big league career. Kris Bryant, who starred at the University of San Diego, hit a two-run homer on the game’s seventh pitch. ”I’m going to remember this one, definitely, for a long time,” said Hendricks, who is from up the freeway in Mission Viejo.

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MIAMI (AP) — A.J. Pollock beat out a run-scoring infield hit with two out in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed their first four-game sweep in seven seasons by beating the Miami Marlins 7-6 Thursday.

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Chase Anderson worked diligently to improve his two-seam fastball during spring training and he used it to keep the Marlins’ hitters off-balance. Anderson allowed four hits in a career-high eight innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks dealt Miami its sixth straight loss with a 6-1 victory on Wednesday night. ”Chase did a wonderful job tonight,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said.

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Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale got the matchup he was looking for and A.J. Pollock delivered in a big way. Pollock had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Arizona to a 4-2 win over the struggling Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Marlins left-handed reliever Mike Dunn (0-3) issued the pivotal homer to Pollock, who pinch-hit for left-handed hitter David Peralta.

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Drew Silva discusses Corey Dickerson's bout with plantar fasciitis, the emergence of Enrique Burgos, and more in Wednesday's Daily Dose.

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On the surface, Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and legendary New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth don’t seem to have much in common.  Ruth was arguably baseball’s first power hitter, a man who led the league in home runs in 12 different seasons. Ichiro, on the other hand, has never really been considered a power hitter. He’s relied more on a contact-heavy approach, leading the league in hits seven times.  Despite the difference in approaches, the two managed to cross paths Monday. With his two hits, Ichiro tied Ruth on the all-time hits list. Both players are currently tied for 42nd all-time with 2,873 hits. Ichiro reached the milestone during the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After singling in the third inning, Ichiro stepped to the plate in the fifth looking to tie Ruth.  On the second pitch of the at-bat, Ichiro took an 89 mph fastball from Rubby De La Rosa and sent it into left field for a single.  Ichiro said he wasn’t thinking about the milestone during the contest, but he did offer up some thoughts after the game , according to Steve Wilaj of MLB.com. “Obviously, when you think of Babe Ruth, he’s a home run hitter,” he said. “I never seen him play, and don’t know too much about him. For me, I’m just such a different type of player. I like to get hits and use my legs to get different types of hits and obviously he’s hitting home runs. “So you can’t really compare. Obviously, we happen to be on the same number [of hits] right now, but it’s tough to compare the two because we’re such different types of players.” Ichiro is just three hits away from tying Mel Ott for 41st on the all-time list. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Given his diminished role over the past few years, Ichiro hasn’t topped 200 hits in a single season since 2010. He’s remained productive, however, and could have a legitimate shot a 3,000 hits depending on how long he wants to stick around. That’s one heck of an accomplishment for a player whose career in Major League Baseball didn’t start until he was 27. 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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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. Dan Jennings will begin his managerial career with a loss. The new Miami Marlins manager couldn’t lead his club to victory Monday, losing 3-2 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It wasn’t really Jennings’ fault, though. Miami had a tough time doing anything against D-Backs starter Rubby De La Rosa.  De La Rosa was both dominant and efficient during the contest. He allowed two runs on six hits over nine innings. De La Rosa made one mistake, hanging a breaking ball against J.T. Realmuto in the seventh. Realmuto blasted the pitch out to left, tying the game 2-2.  De La Rosa had only thrown 94 pitches through nine innings, but the club opted not to bring him out for the 10th. He wound up with a no-decision. De La Rosa was matched by Dan Haren during the start. Haren allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings. He also wound up receiving a no-decision. The two teams remained deadlocked until the 13th inning. With a man on first, David Peralta managed an RBI-double, giving Arizona the 3-2 lead. Enrique Burgos would come on in the bottom of the inning, nailing down the save. With the win, Arizona improved to 16-21. SURGING SOX SAVED BY SANCHEZ The Chicago White Sox continued their winning ways Monday against the Cleveland Indians. They would need extra innings to do so, pulling out the 2-1 victory for their sixth straight win. With the win, the club is over .500 for the first time this season. It didn’t come easy, however. Indians ace Corey Kluber proved to be on his game again, striking out 12 White Sox over nine innings. He allowed just one run on four hits. Kluber was matched by Chris Sale. Sale gave up a run on four hits over eight innings. He struck out seven during the start. With the game tied in the bottom of the 10th, rookie infielder Carlos Sanchez stepped to the plate with a chance to become a hero. He did not disappoint. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Sanchez knocked a walk-off single against Indians reliever Zach McAllister. Left fielder Zach Walters nearly made a diving catch, but couldn’t get to the ball in time. Sanchez, who was recently called up to replace Micah Johnson, is hitting .263 in his brief major-league stint.    MAYBERRY DELIVERS FOR METS The White Sox weren’t the only team to pick up a walk-off win Monday. The New York Mets managed to accomplish the same feat, picking up a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.  New York was on track to win the game in nine innings, but the club’s bullpen allowed the game to stretch into extra innings. Starter Matt Harvey was fantastic, giving up just six hits over eight scoreless innings. He struck out nine during the contest. With the club up by a run in the bottom of the ninth, Jeurys Familia came on for the save. Up until Monday, he had been a perfect 13-13 in save chances. That did not last. With a man on third and one out, Familia allowed a sacrifice fly, tying the game 1-1. The two teams would remain deadlocked until the bottom of the 14th. With the bases loaded, the Mets turned to pinch-hitter John Mayberry. On the first pitch he saw from closer Trevor Rosenthal, Mayberry hit a groundball past the shortstop, bringing in the winning run.  With the win, the Mets improved to 23-16. PHILLIES KEEP WINNING Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia Phillies are surging. The club picked up its sixth straight victory, beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Monday. Philadelphia was led by Cole Hamels, who turned in a strong start. The left-hander allowed one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the contest.  The Phillies bullpen nearly blew the game late, but managed to hold on. Luis Garcia allowed a run in the eighth inning, cutting the lead to two. Closer Jonathan Papelbon came out for the save opportunity in the ninth, but ran into a bit of trouble. After notching a strikeout to begin the frame, Papelbon gave up a triple against DJ LeMahieu. Papelbon would pick up another strikeout, but couldn’t stop Charlie Blackmon from driving in LeMahieu with a single. With the lead down to just one run, Papelbon managed to strike out Nolan Arenado to end the game. With the victory, the Phillies no longer reside in the cellar of the National League East.  Want to see more from Monday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard .

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In a decision that would be described as interesting, out-of-the-box, and even bizarre, the Marlins on Monday presented their new manager, who last coached 30 years ago at a high school in Mobile, Ala.

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Sean O’Sullivan’s biggest difficulty during his first win in more than four years was receiving a ball from his own catcher. O’Sullivan won a big league game for the first time since May 12, 2011, staying in after he was hit on the throat by a throw from Cameron Rupp, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0 Sunday for their first five-game winning streak since last summer. ”I didn’t see the ball for one second,” O’Sullivan said. Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg came to the mound and, after a brief delay and one warmup toss, O’Sullivan retired Aaron Hill on a flyout with his next and final pitch of the day.

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