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Starting Nine: Welcome to the Majors, Gerrit Cole

1. The Pirates' Gerrit Cole crushed his first-ever Major League start on Tuesday. The No. 1 pick in the 2011 Draft shut out the Giants into the seventh inning -- while also grabbing a hit and two RBIs -- earning an 8-2 win over San Francisco.

We compared Cole's performance to other top-pick pitching debuts, and Amy Crawford found herself torn between rooting for boyfriend Gerrit and brother Brandon.

2. The benches cleared twice during a tense bout between the D-backs and the Dodgers that culminated in a seventh-inning brawl. Six players were ejected before Los Angeles secured a 5-3 victory.

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3. It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superfan!

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4. Did Ian Kinsler really nap through his teammate's home run celebration?

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5. We all love Mike Trout. Apparently, so does fellow Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos, who decided to pay homage to Trout's 2012 home run-rob of J.J. Hardy by -- well, renacting it almost exactly:

6. Tuesday was a big night for soccer in the US, with the US Men's National Team defeating Panama in the World Cup qualifiers, and Yankee Stadium hosting a friendly between the national teams of Spain and Ireland.

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7. The Royals may have Billy Butler's BBQ sauce to thank for their recent six-game winning streak. In addition to working its #RallySauce magic, Billy's Hit It a Ton also makes a great cuddle-buddy:

8. The Spurs trounced the Heat, 113-77, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. San Antonio's fans and the Warriors' Steph Curry met the occasion with some masterful trolling:

9. Speaking of basketball, Jimmy Kimmel Live invited NBA players and commentators to read rude fan messages aloud in the latest edition of Mean Tweets.

-- Cut4 Staff