The Boston / Dodgers series concluded with the first series loss for the Dodgers in months. I'm sure there are those who think this means it's time to panic, but I think it's best to take a deep breath. Rest, Relax and Realize that this team is doing fine. Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
- It seems like everybody was talking about a report about a potential contract extension for Clayton Kershaw that fell apart. Here is Ken Rosenthal of FoxSorts initial story. I think, like many, that a deal will eventually get done. After all, we still control Kershaw's rights for an additional season, and ownership would be skewered alive if they ever let him go. After the kind of season we've been seeing, I think it's fair to say that he deserves the richest contract in Baseball
- "Dodgers see a consistent Adrian Gonzalez in full L.A. bloom," via Steve Dilbeck at the LA Times.
“He goes up there with a great plan at the plate,” said A.J. Ellis. “He spends more time in the video room checking out the guy we’re going to face than anybody we have on the team. He’s a student of the game.
“He hits in situations extremely well. He knows when it’s time for a base hit, he knows when it’s time to go for an extra-base hit. You feel really comfortable when Adrian’s up anytime, but especially when you have runners there in scoring position.”
- "Beckett has high praise for dominant Kershaw," via Austin Laymance at MLB.com.
"I know he hasn't been doing it that long, but he could possibly be the best pitcher ever -- he's that good," Beckett said. "Coming over here last year, I knew he was good. But he exceeded my expectations."
- "Dodgers' Matt Kemp could play in minor league games this week," via Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times.
“If we can’t do that, I’m sure we’ll have guys in instructional league, things like that, being able to set up some sim games,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “I want him to be sharp when he comes. Give him the best chance to have success.”
- Jim Baker at the Hot Corner shares a drawing by former Dodger hurler Carl Erskine on eBay.
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