To no one's surprise, Clayton Kershaw has been named the National League Pitcher of the Month of June. Congrats! Graphic above via @Dodgers on twitter. Per a Dodgers press release:
Kershaw, who threw his first career no-hitter on June 18, was tops among qualifying Major League pitchers with a 0.82 ERA (4 ER/44.0 IP) last month while pacing the big leagues with six wins (6-0) and 61 strikeouts. The left-hander tied Philadelphia's Cole Hamels for the most innings pitched during the month and held opposing hitters to a .161 batting average, which was good for second in the N.L. behind Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (.157). Kershaw went the distance in two of his six outings last month and did not allow a single run in his last three starts - a span of 24.0 scoreless innings. The 24.0-inning scoreless streak marked the longest such streak in Kershaw's career, besting a previous high of 22.0 scoreless innings from May 8-19, 2012.
- Holy Moly! Via Kate Mather at the Miami Herald, "Deadlocked jury in Dodgers lawsuit told to keep trying for verdict."
A Los Angeles jury said Wednesday it was deadlocked over whether the Los Angeles Dodgers organization was responsible for the devastating injuries suffered by a San Francisco Giants fan beaten during the 2011 home opener at Dodgers Stadium.
But the judge in the case ordered the jury to return for further deliberations.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Dodgers sign Dominican outfielder Johan Calderon."
- Via Teddy Cahill at MLB.com, "Top pick Holmes shines in pro debut."
Right-hander Grant Holmes, the Dodgers' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw two scoreless innings in his professional debut Wednesday, helping the Rookie-level Dodgers defeat the Mariners, 5-2, in the Arizona League.
Holmes struck out five batters and walked one. Outfielder Alex Verdugo, the Dodgers' second-round pick, went 1-for-2 with a double, a run and three walks.
- Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA, "Behind every great man there stands a great chef – even for Vin Scully." Ron writes a great story about Chef Dave Pearson.
“Besides being a wonderful cook his personality is remarkable,” said Vin Scully of Pearson during a recent interview. “When you realize that there are so many demands on his time and trying to serve so many people coming and going, and yet he never appears upset, never appears short-tempered or grouchy, always everything is fine. He’s always smiling and that’s the key. He is a great gift to us besides the food that he cooks, oh yeah.”
- This might be the most horrible thing ever. Via a tweet from @MLB_PR, take a look at the caps the players will be wearing.
Players will wear special cap during #ASG for 1st time. Inspired by classic 1970s #Twins helmet design: pic.twitter.com/6WCT9ziW0o
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) July 2, 2014
- This might be the greatest thing ever! In the new MLB 14 video game there's a moment where the umpire takes the bat from Yasiel Puig and shows him the proper way to bat flip. I kid you not. Watch it below. (Hat Tip: Tom Ley at Deadspin) How do you do this?
(You) unlock by holding onto the ball on the mound and leaving the game unpaused for more than 30 seconds.
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