Monday, August 21, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 8/21/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Kenta Maeda and Tigers ace Justin Verlander were locked in a pitching duel Sunday afternoon - both of whom had no-hitters going into the 6th inning. Then the Dodgers stuck first when newly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson hit his first homer as a Dodger to break up Verlander's no-no. Soon thereafter, Maeda lost his when he coughed up four runs during his half of the 6th inning. Per Jason Beck and Catherine Slonksnis at MLB.com:
(Pic via @Dodgers on twitter)
"Well, it's good to go ahead and try to put us in a situation, at that point, to break up the no-hitter, to give us the lead," Granderson said. "But to not get enough to help this team win tonight, I'm a little dissatisfied because you want to put yourself in a situation where we could earn the sweep here."
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1970 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent infielder Jerry Royster out of Sacramento High School. He would be traded five years later to Atlanta as part of a package for Dusty Baker, and go on to have a ten-year career with the Braves. In 1975 the Cubs pitching brothers of Rick and Paul Reuschel combine to shutout the Dodgers, 7-0.
  • Happy Birthday, Woody WilliamsShawn HillegasJohn WettelandCraig CounsellIsmael Vald├ęzJesse Chavez!
  • Video: Dave Roberts talks about Kenta Maeda 5-hitless innings, facing Justin Verlander and more after the Dodgers' 6-1 loss to the Tigers on Sunday. (video link)
  • Video: Dave Roberts talks to the media about Cody Bellinger's injury and the 3-0 win over the Tigers. (video link)
  • Video: Cody Bellinger speaks with Alanna Rizzo about leaving the game with a mild right ankle sprain. (video link)
  • Connor Byrne at MLB Trade Rumors picks up on a report from Japan indicating that an eight person contingent of Dodger brains; including Andrew Friedman, were in Japan on Sunday to watch Shohei Otani. 
  • Per Catherine Slonksnis at MLB.com; "Kershaw improving, set for sim game Monday."
Kershaw, who has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain, threw off flat ground on Sunday with positive results following a 35-pitch simulated game on Wednesday. Manager Dave Roberts said that the next step is to have Kershaw throw three innings against live hitters in early batting practice.
“We just think he’s a really good fit both on the field and in the clubhouse, just from a character standpoint,” Zaidi said. “He’s one of the most well-respected veterans in the game. We think he’ll be additive to the energy and environment we have in our clubhouse.”
  • Via Blowout Buzz, Forever Collectibles is offering a new line of Caricature Bobbleheads; including a fun Clayton Kershaw bobble you see on the right. It reminds me a little bit of the Weirdo bobbles from the 60's. Go here to check it out.
  • Per Alden Gonzalez at ESPN; "Die-hard Giants fan Jared Goff is warming up to the Dodgers."
  • "Any time the Giants are playing, I'm rooting for them," Goff said. "But yeah, the year the Dodgers have had has been exciting for the entire city of L.A. There are a couple guys on the team that I am friends with. I'm rooting for them. If their team wins, I'm excited."

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