Found July 19, 2013 on Next Impulse Sports:
Clayton Kershaw is the first-half N.L. Cy Young winner.Photo Credit: SD Dirk, Flickr, Wikimedia Commons, 2010 The 2013 Major League Baseball season resumes Friday night, July 19. We can reflect on the best performances of the season so far with unofficial claims to first-half awards. Only official qualifiers may get the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards; the Rookie of the Year may go to someone who came up late but has still made a tremendous impact — especially if he appears likely to meet the minimum qualifications by the end of the season. Here are National League awards for the first half of 2013. All statistics are as of July 18. Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw It is a tough choice between the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (8-6, 1.98 ERA) and Arizona Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin (11-1, 2.35). It goes to Kershaw for his monthly splits. Only in June has he had an ERA over 2.00, and it was still 2.65. His offense did not support him early on or he might have a record much...

Report: Puig being sued for $12 mill

Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig is reportedly being sued for $12 million by a man in Cuba who claims Puig made false accusations against him. Here are the details.

Los Angeles Dodgers trade rumors: starting pitching edition

Clayton Kershaw (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) With the All-Star break ending, the Los Angeles Dodgers will return to the field Friday in Washington against the Nationals. Ricky Nolasco will be on the mound for his third start as a Dodger, second straight after he pitched in the first half finale against the Colorado Rockies. Just 13 days remain before the July 31 trade deadline...

A New Kershaw, Die-Cut UCLA Blue, a Jays' Auto, and Assorted Cheapness

I won a lot of nine cards for 99 cents recently, and after some California sales tax the total came to $1.08 delivered. Included in said lot: a die-cut Trevor Bauer (30/100), a dual Bauer/Gerrit Cole Building Blocks insert, a Shane Optiz auto (841/964), and a new addition to my Clayton Kershaw PC.The nine-pocket page is haggard, so marks and schmutz are from that. The seller didn...

Matt Kemp spent over $6K to give teammates Beats by Dre headphones

While Matt Kemp’s season on the field has been an utter disappointment. Between two trips to the disabled list, one of which he currently is on for a left shoulder issue (a 15-day stint as of July 6) and woefully subpar numbers at the plate across the board, the Los Angeles Dodgers superstar can’t seem [...]The post Matt Kemp spent over $6K to give teammates Beats by Dre headphones...

Dodgers ink SS Moises Perez out of Venezuela, have about $250,000 left in the tank

The Dodgers continue to splash in international waters, inking 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Moises Perez for $250,000, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Perez, 16, is an athletic player who stands out in the field with clean hands, good actions and an above-average arm. He’s a 6-foot righthanded hitter whose advanced glove is ahead of his bat. On a related note,...

Report: Puig sued by man in Cuba

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is being sued for $12 million by a man in Cuba who claims Puig made false accusations about him that resulted in a seven-year prison sentence, according to the Los Angeles Times. Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot filed the suit in federal district court in Florida, though he remains in Cuba. The suit claims that Corbacho Daudinot was subjected...

Why The Dodgers Shouldn’t Trade Andre Ethier Now

Happy days are here again for Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier. Since June 6th, Ethier has raised his batting average from .232 to .268, played every outfield position, and summoned the spirit of “Captain Clutch” with his 9th inning lead-taking home run in Washington D.C. last night. (Image source: True Blue L.A. at

Report: Yasiel Puig Being Sued $12 Million by Imprisoned Man in Cuba

This is probably not how Yasiel Puig envisioned the second half of his stellar rookie season to begin. The Dodgers phenom is facing a $12 million lawsuit by a man in Cuba, who is alleging that Puig made false allegations against him that led to his seven-year prison sentence, according to the Los Angeles Times. The suit, which was filed in federal district court in Florida, “seeks damages...

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...

Claude Osteen: Dodgers’ Valuable Third Wheel

Everyone remembers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. The duo pitched 11 years together in Brooklyn and in Los Angeles. Together, the pair  helped the Dodgers reach the Fall Classic five times, three of which their team won. But there’s a good chance  they wouldn’t have won their third and World Series title without the help of their third wheel, Claude Osteen. One of just 56 players...

Yasiel Puig can throw a bit, too bad the umpire wasn’t in on that info

Yasiel Puig did this with his arm last night… …though somehow the umpire blew the call.

Dodgers Try to Heal Heading into Second Half

By Jordan Webb Despite their hot play as of late, the All-Star break couldn’t have come any sooner for the ailing Dodgers. The Dodgers currently have seven players on the Disabled List, which partially explains why this talent-filled roster is hovering around a .500 winning percentage. The Dodgers need to get healthy and avoid future injuries – if they have...

Dodgers 3, Nationals 1(10)

Hanley Ramirez doubled to highlight at two-run 10th inning Saturday night, and the Los Angeles Dodgers used seven pitchers to again tame the tepid offense of the Washington Nationals in a 3-1 victory. Adrian Gonzalez led off the 10th with a double off Craig Stammen (5-5). Ramirez followed immediately with an RBI double for his third hit of the night, then scored two batters later...

What the Dodgers Need For A Strong Second Half

Now that the All Star Game has come and gone, the teams now will focus in on what needs to get done for a strong stretch run.  Technically, the second half of the season started about two weeks ago, the Dodgers having now played 94 games of their 162 game schedule.  However, the All Star Game symbolizes a break in the action and can occasionally result in momentum shifts.  The...

Ethier homer in ninth lifts Dodgers over Nationals

The Dodgers went into the All-Star break on a tear that carried them back into contention from the brink of a lost season. They picked up right where they left off on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Nationals. Andre Ethier smacked the go-ahead solo home run in the ninth inning, Hanley Ramirez kept up his hot hitting with a two-run shot, and the Dodgers...
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