Clayton Kershaw gave the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen a much-needed night off, pitching a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Reds on Monday.
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On Monday, we learned that the Chicago Cubs were human, Yoenis Cespedes and Clayton Kershaw might not be, while two old dogs still have some bite.
Albert Pujols homered to lift the Angels to a win. Although the numbers don't look great in 2016, there are some positive indicators moving forward.
Clayton Kershaw tossed a two-hitter for his third shutout of the season, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past Cincinnati 1-0 Monday night for their eighth straight win over the Reds.
Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run, the 569th of his career, and Nick Tropeano threw 6 2/3 strong innings to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Monday night.
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Strong effort tonight from Nick Tropeano, shutting down the Rangers for 6.2 innings and allowing just five baserunners. His ERA drops to 2.86, although that's thanks in part to the second-highest strand rate among starters in the majors. Now let's see if the Angels' pen can hold the 2-0 lead.
Will the Lakers look to develop their young core or seek to sign an all-star? Ireland maps out how the Lakers offseason will go down, starting with the signing of Ingram.
Angels jump four spots in rankings
Despite Mike Trout's early exit from Sunday's game and C.J. Cron's low-homer start to the season, the Angels made a jump to No. 22 in the rankings this week. Next up: A trip to Texas to face the Rangers. Week 7 Power Rankings
The time is now for Greg Robinson
The Rams have been patient with the former No. 2 overall pick, but he needs to show progress in Year 3. Adding to the pressure: Robinson will man the blind side of this year's top pick, Jared Goff. Most to prove
Paul Pierce's daughter had an interesting gift request for her fifth birthday. She wanted a pet llama, and her dad obliged.
Dodgers can't dodge big drop in rankings
The Dodgers are coming off a brutal week, losing five of seven against the Angels and Padres and dealing with an unreliable bullpen that could use some help in the form of Julio Urias' call-up. As a result, L.A. is now well out of the top 10. Week 7 Power Rankings
Which Pac-12 schools are likely to feature a 1,000-yard rusher in 2016? Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington are among the strong bets.
Age not a factor in Urias delay
Although he's just 19 years old, Julio Urias' age isn't what's preventing him from being called up to the majors. "It’s more an issue of experience and readiness," Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said. "If everything else lines up -- if we think he’s ready, if there’s a role that makes sense, nobody’s going to say, 'But he’s 19 so we can’t do it.'" Orange County Register
Trout has fun when Weaver pitches
Whenever Jered Weaver takes the mound for the Angels, Mike Trout amuses himself by trying to guess what the pitcher will throw next. "He got me every time. His pitches are so off balance, it’s frustrating," Trout said. "I’m happy I’m in center field." Los Angeles Daily News
Who are the X factors in each Power 5 conference who have the potential to become major difference-makers in 2016?
Should Lakers draft Bender at No. 2?
Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton discuss the possibility that Los Angeles should be bold and select Croatian teenager Dragan Bender with the second overall draft choice in the hope of finding the next Kristaps Porzingis. Lakers' Euro option (Insider)
Better late than never for Dodgers
The Dodgers scored four times in the 17th inning to beat the Padres 9-5 on Sunday. Elias Sports Bureau notes that's the third time in franchise history that L.A. has won a game that's gone at least 17 innings by at least four runs.
- 6-2 in 20 innings vs. Braves, 1940
- 5-1 in 17 innings vs. Reds, 1941
On this date: Green's historic 4-homer day
On May 23, 2002, Dodgers slugger Shawn Green went 6-for-6 with four home runs and set a single-game MLB record with 19 total bases.
Dodgers-Pads nearly exhaust all options
The two teams' 17-inning affair on Sunday lasted five hours and 47 minutes -- the longest game in history between the NL West rivals. The Dodgers even turned to Clayton Kershaw -- Monday's probable starter -- to pinch-hit in the 15th.