Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 7/19/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It's amazing that Clayton Kershaw can struggle and still throw seven scoreless innings to win a game. Per Ken Gurnick at
"I was a little rusty tonight," said Kershaw, who hadn't pitched since a July 9 complete-game win over the Royals in the final game before the All-Star break. "The fastball command wasn't great, it got a little better as the game went. Nine days off definitely is not something I'm used to. I'm thankful to get out of that unscathed, and glad we won."
Kershaw now has 15 wins and the Dodgers are riding high with a ten game winning streak. Photo above via ESPN on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1977 Don Sutton took home All-Star Game MVP honors when the NL defeats the AL 7-5 at Yankee Stadium. As the starting pitcher, Sutton pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out four. Fellow teammate Steve Garvey hit a third inning solo home run. In 1993 outfielder Raul Mondesi made his Major League debut and recorded a single in his very first at-bat. 
  • Happy Birthday, Bill HartErve BeckBen GeraghtyLuis Avilan & Rachel Robinson
  • Per Brian Lauritzen at KUSC; "Scully at the Bowl." Here is a fun interview with Vin Scully after his performance of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait last week at the Hollywood Bowl:
BL: What does it mean to you to stand on the Hollywood Bowl stage and deliver the words of President Abraham Lincoln?
VS: Well, if I said you’re overwhelmed, it would be an understatement. First, the crowd was so warm and welcoming when I made that walk on stage with Gustavo. And then, his presence gave me some strength. The music absolutely devoured me. It was a giant tidal wave of emotion. I’ve never experienced anything quite like that. And then, the play of the music on the words of Abraham Lincoln just made it one of the most precious moments in my life. I was oblivious of the crowd during the narration. Going out with [Gustavo] to begin it was incredible. And then when the performance ended and the crowd gave us a warm, warm response, we walked off the stage together. Then Gustavo said, “Okay, now we go back!” And I said, “Go back? For what?” And then I realized as he pushed me back on stage, that we were going back for an encore bow, which I never expected. All in all, it was an incredible time.
The award, decided on by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, recognizes one player on each team who demonstrates a passion for baseball and “best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.”
  • Per Ken Gurnick at; "Ryu set to return from DL early next week: Lefty likely to face Twins; Kershaw to stay on normal rest."
"Ryu feels good, but now we've got to find a way to drop him in," Roberts said. "Early next week makes sense. A six-man rotation for an extended time, no. But we've done that at times before."

  • Tracy Hackler at The Knight's Lance shares a bunch of preview pics from Panini America's 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball card set; including the cards of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger seen below. Go here to check out more cards. This set officially release today.

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