Found July 21, 2013 on Baseball News Source:
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw turned in yet another strong outing on Sunday afternoon, outdueling Washington Nationals ace Jordan Zimmermann in a 9-2 rout of the Nationals at Nationals Park. For the 17th time this season, Kershaw pitched at least seven innings, as he surrendered two runs on two hits in seven innings of work on Sunday, striking out nine and walking none. With the victory, Kershaw inproved to a 9-6 record on the season and boasts a National League-best 2.01 ERA. Kershaw also leads the league in WHIP (0.88) and sits second in complete-games (3), innings pitched (152.1), and strikeouts (148). As for Zimmermann, the Nationals right hander suffered his shortest outing of the season, working just two innings while surrendering seven runs in the process. He now boasts a 12-5 record and witnessed his ERA jump from 2.58 to 3.01 on the season. The Dodgers stuck early on Sunday and with force, scoring seven runs in the second inning led by a Matt Kemp solo home run (his first at-bat since returning from the disabled list) and a three-run shot by Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has been on a tear as of late, posting a .393 batting average with three homers and 10 RBI throughout the month of July, while providing a solid glove at short. Los Angeles has been the talk of baseball recently as they have charged back to tie the Arizona Diamondbacks for the NL West divison lead. The Dodgers are 17-5 since June 22 and have come from a 9 1/2 game deficit (last place in the standings) and have charged to the front of the division, boasting a 50-47 record.

Hanley Ramirez leading Dodgers’ charge

For the first time all season, the Los Angeles Dodgers were a first place team on Sunday afternoon after completing a three-game sweep of the Nationals with a 9-2 win. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, their occupation of the National League West’s top spot was short lived and after only a 

Matt Kemp returns from DL, hurts ankle

When the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Matt Kemp an eight year, $160 million contract extension in November of 2011, most thought it was a solid investment. Two seasons later the team has to be wondering if it grossly overpaid. It’s not because of his play, but because he’s not on the 

Puig bounces off wall and still makes great catch

A lot of people thought Yasiel Puig was deserving of a spot on the All-Star roster after his phenomenal first five weeks in the majors. Now, in the Los Angeles Dodgers first game back after the Midsummer Classic, Puig continued to prove why he should have been there — this time from the field. In the seventh, Puig makes a great running catch in foul territory before colliding...

Dodgers' Kemp returns, homers in 1st at-bat

Matt Kemp homered and doubled in the same inning Sunday in his first two at-bats off the disabled list. The Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder led off the second with a solo shot, then doubled home Andre Ethier in a seven-run inning against Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann. Kemp, who had been hindered by inflammation in his left shoulder after offseason surgery, was...

Dodgers' Ted Lilly throws simulated game Friday, could join bullpen soon

Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Ted Lilly, out since June 4, continued working his way back to action on Friday night.'s Andrew Simon reports that Lilly threw 20 pitches to teammate Matt Kemp (also recovering from injury) and reported no issues with the strained neck that put him on the disabled list for the third time this year. Twenty pitches would allow Lilly to...

Minor leaguer Angel Sanchez helps team throw no-hitter

It hasn't taken long for the Ricky Nolasco Trade to pay off in a big way ... for Jupiter, that is. Right-hander Angel Sanchez, one of three pitching prospects acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6 as part of the Nolasco deal, combined with two Hammerheads relievers in no-hitting the Clearwater Threshers in a 5-0 victory Monday night. Sanchez (2-0, 1.69) waked two...

Kemp expected to miss at least Toronto series

TORONTO (AP) -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to miss the three-game series against the Blue Jays after spraining his left ankle. Out of the lineup for 11 games with a sore left shoulder, Kemp came off the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's 9-2 win over the Washington Nationals. He went 3 for 4 with a home run, but limped off the field after sliding into home...

Yasiel Puig is being sued for $12 million

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig is being sued for $12 million. Puig is accused of making false allegations against a man who is currently in prison, according to a Friday report from the L.A. Times. Puig, a 22-year-old who made his MLB debut last month after defecting from Cuba in 2012, testified in a human trafficking trial in 2010 that saw a man from Cuba, Miguel...

Woman struck by foul ball at Nationals game

The netting behind home plate wasn't enough to protect a fan from a foul ball at a Washington Nationals game. A woman sitting on the front row was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers pinch hitter Jerry Hairston Jr. in the ninth inning Saturday night. The line drive went straight back and appeared to go through the netting. It hit the woman in the left hand...

Matt Kemp’s Big Day in Return Leads to a Dodgers Sweep of the Nationals


"It sucks."

"It sucks." (Bryce Harper, via Washington Post, 7/19/2013) "That was frustrating." (Davey Johnson, via Nats Insider, 7/19/2013) "I don't know how he hit the ball." (Rafael Soriano on Andre Ethier's 9th inning HR, via, 7/19/2013) Dodgers 3, Nationals 2: Death, taxes, and no run support for Stephen Strasburg. Quick, someone...

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in First Place: The Reasons


Nationals' Zimmerman's neck is fine despite bad outting

There was some good news in Nats Nation. Just a little. Although the roughest start of Jordan Zimmermann's career led to the Nats' eighth loss in 10 games, Zimmermann’s neck is fine according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. “The neck feels awesome, just the command wasn’t there today,” Zimmermann said. Zimmermann earned an All-Star spot with a 12-3 first...

These 2013 Nationals Are Totally Mediocre In A Really Weird Way

The Nats came out of the All-Star break needing to win. Then the second half began with a loss on Friday, despite a quality Strasburg start. It continued with another loss Saturday, despite masterful stuff from Gio. The wheels fell off today as ZNN lasted two innings, and Jayson Werth was the only guy to get a hit. They’re lucky to be seven back of the Braves. This is the pattern...
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