Kenta Maeda killed it yesterday. In six innings of work he scattered three hits and gave up the Brewers lone run of the day to lead the Dodgers to a victory over Milwaukee, 8-1. Per Ken Gurnick and Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:
"Kenta had his breaking ball working, he threw good changeups," said manager Dave Roberts. "For him to give us six innings [was] huge for the 'pen."No doubt he was aware what he needed to do. Via Doug Padilla at ESPN:
“It hurts to lose Kershaw,” Maeda said afterward through an interpreter. “But my job is to throw as many innings as possible regardless and help the team win.”BTW, Corey Seager continues to rake. He slammed his 17th home run of the season (a two-run shot), walked and singled to extend his hitting streak to thirteen games. Watch him chat about his day with Alanna Rizzo here.
The pic above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1948 Roy Campanella made his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He caught Ralph Branca and hit a double and two singles. In 2011 Dee Gordon completed a stolen base cycle. During the seventh inning he reached base on a force out, stole second, then stole third, and finally swiped home with Casey Blake at the plate. Gordon is the 40th Major Leaguer to accomplish this in the same frame.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Pederson only has bruise, but may go on DL."
"We'll make a decision as far as what we do with Joc and the roster in the next day or two," manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Rob Segedin named to Pacific Coast League All-Star team."
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Clayton Kershaw to avoid back surgery."
Yesterday, Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins Jr. in Los Angeles after experiencing low back discomfort. Following an MRI, it was determined that he has a mild disc herniation that will not require surgery. We will know more about his recovery time at a later date.
- Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Dodgers know it will take a village without Clayton Kershaw."
“He’s been our most valuable player and when you lose a player to the disabled list like Clayton, that you have counted on every fifth day for a start, obviously that’s out of all of our control,” Roberts said, when asked what he is thinking about as his best player goes to the sideline for a few weeks. “I know Clayton is very disappointed. But it’s up to us to pick him up.”
- Via jodes0405 at Gaslamp Ball; "Tony Gwynn Museum at AleSmith Brewing Co. will open Friday, July 8th."
- Available directly from Topps for the next week is a six-card throwback set featuring two Dodger legends on the vintage 1955 Topps All-American Football card design. Check out what the Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider cards look like below. Go here to order.
- Via Lindsay Gibbs at Think Progress; "Republican Congressman Really Wants To Keep Minor League Baseball Players Below The Poverty Line."
“It’s despicable. You have billionaire major league owners working with millionaire minor league owners to add to their pockets more, and at the same time you have minor leaguers who are making below the poverty wage,” Garrett Broshuis told Sporting News. “You’re talking about a group of guys whose salaries start at $1,100 per month, and they’re only paid during the season. They’re not paid during spring training. They’re not paid during instructional leagues.”
- As many of you collectors surely know, the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City is coming next weekend. As a part of the festivities, Topps is handing out a six-card promo set to VIP attendees, and Dodger legend Duke Snider is a part of it. Check it out below. As you can see, they use the 1951 Topps Red Back Baseball card design. Go here for info on the convention.
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