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Beckett missed only one start after being placed on the disabled list July 8. Paul Maholm stepped in and threw six shutout innings against the San Diego Padres on July 12.
The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding roster move when Beckett is activated from the DL. The most likely candidate to come off the roster is left-hander Paco Rodriguez, if only because he can be optioned to Triple-A and the Dodgers will still have two left-handed pitchers in the bullpen: Maholm and J.P. Howell.
The Dodgers have days off on Thursday and Monday. Will Mattingly reshuffle the rotation?
Dan Haren has lost three straight starts while posting a 9.64 earned-run average. By skipping his next turn, aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke would each pitch this weekend against the San Francisco Giants and next week against the Atlanta Braves.
“It’s not something we’re willing to talk about at this point,” Mattingly said. “We know who’s going to pitch these next three games. From there, we start having some options. We want to make sure everybody knows where they’re going to be so their work schedule goes along with that.”
Viewership ratings for Tuesday’s All-Star Game were the highest in four years, according to ratings released today by Major League Baseball.
Fox’s telecast of the game attracted 11.34 million viewers, the most since the American League beat the National League 3-1 at Angel Stadium in 2010. The last All-Star games for Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera in 2013 and Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter on Tuesday helped the game achieve its first viewership increase in back-to-back years since 1993 and 1994.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and right fielder Yasiel Puig were among the top five players mentioned most often via social media. Here’s a graphical breakdown of the game’s social media impact:
Clayton Kershaw won’t start the All-Star Game for the National League despite throwing a no-hitter amid 41 consecutive scoreless innings this season.
And it came as little surprise.
National League manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals chose his own pitcher, Adam Wainwright, to start the game tomorrow night. Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 earned-run average. Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA, best in the major leagues. It’s a bit reminiscent of last year, when the All-Star Game was played at Citi Field and New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey got the start over Kershaw despite similar credentials.
It’s no secret that managers look at more than just the numbers.
“If I’m Mike Matheny, I probably start my own guy. If I’m me, I start my guy,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday, when asked for his pick to start the game. “If I’m Bud Black, I’m starting Despanga [Odrisamer Despaigne] or whatever his name is.”
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, who is taking part in tonight’s home run derby at Target Field, is batting second and playing right field. Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon and pitcher Zack Greinke are also on the National League roster.
The full lineups for both teams:
Kershaw threw his first career no-hitter on June 18 against the Colorado Rockies.
Yasiel Puig is ninth and Hyun-Jin Ryu is 18th as announced by MLB. The Dodgers are the only MLB club with three players on MLB’s top 20 jersey sales list.
Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award in 2013 and last week threw the first no-hitter of his career. Beckett missed most of last season with thoracic outlet syndrome, then came back this year to pitch a no-hitter of his own.
The ESPY awards will air July 16 on ESPN, during the MLB All-Star break. Drake is hosting the annual made-for-TV awards show at the Nokia Theater.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wasn’t nominated in the Best Fighter category.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 15 strikeouts were the most in Major League history by a pitcher that did not allow a runner to reach base via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch. The previous mark of 14 strikeouts in such a performance was shared by Nap Rucker (September 5, 1908), Sandy Koufax (September 9, 1965) and Matt Cain (June 13, 2012). In addition, the 15 strikeouts were tied for third-most overall in a no-hitter, and tied for the most by a left-hander, matching Hall of Famer Warren Spahn (15 on September 16, 1960). Kershaw’s performance was the 22nd no-hitter in Dodger franchise history, which is the most by any Major League club. It came just 24 days after his teammate Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter (May 25 vs. PHI), marking the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer did it in consecutive starts on June 11 and 15, 1938 (Elias Sports Bureau).
For the season, Kershaw is 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA.
This is his fourth career Player of the Week honor. He previously won the award April 1-7, 2013; May 14-20, 2012; and June 20-26, 2011.
If you’re a Dodgers season ticket holder, check your email today.
The club eliminated the distribution of paper tickets for season-seat holders prior to this season. Approximately 34,000 were sold. That’s a lot of built-in souvenirs from Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies — almost all of which were distributed electronically.
People like having paper tickets as a memento from a big game, so the club is prepared to offer one to every season-ticket holder. A letter of notification is going out today, according to a Dodgers spokesperson.
A few fans already have theirs. I spoke to one fan today, Bill Roebuck of Claremont, who purchased a total of 444 tickets prior to the season and complained when the club suggested he print them out at home. “I don’t own a smart phone,” he wrote, “and they expect me to print that many pages out and spend that much on ink — after they already charged me a handling fee?”
Because Bill complained, and the Dodgers complied with his request for paper season tickets, we have some idea what the special souvenir tickets might look like:
Update (8:24 p.m.): The tickets won’t look like that, unless you have a really good printer.
While paper tickets are available to season ticket holders, fans report that they have been asked to print their own.
— Sumyun Guy (@Frjcorp) June 21, 2014
Update (2:13 a.m.): Here is what season-ticket holders were given today: