Long Beach native Dodgers infielder Justin Turner served the community of Long Beach at the Long Beach Rescue Mission on Jan. 28. Dodgers alumni Ken Landreaux and Matt Luke, Dodgers employees and Bank of America volunteers along with Turner served at the Long Beach Rescue Mission. The group prepared meals, set tables and assist in the Long Beach Rescue Mission’s meal service program. (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff photographer)
Justin Turner is the Dodgers’ nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player’s community involvement. Players from every team choose one nominee each season.
Voting for the six finalists is open to fans online. Click here to vote.
Here’s more about the award from an MLB Players’ Assocation release:
Dodgers starters Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw each make a strong case to win the National League Cy Young Award. (Associated Press photo)
Cliff Corcoran of SportsIllustrated.com regularly lays out his case for who should win each of the major BBWAA awards in each league as the season progresses. I point out his column today because, 1, the Dodgers aren’t playing and 2, he has Clayton Kershaw ahead of Zack Greinke in his hypothetical National League Cy Young Award vote.
The third reason I recommend it: It contains a rather convincing argument.
(For the record, I do not have an NL Cy Young vote this year.)
Buster Posey is out at first base after being picked off Clayton Kershaw — one of two pickoffs in the game by the Dodgers’ pitcher. (Leo Jarzomb/Staff photographer)
By striking out 15 batters on Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw did something no San Francisco Giants opponent had done since Aug. 9, 1987. The last pitcher to do it: Nolan Ryan. (H/t to Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly for that pull.)
Kershaw was all the Dodgers needed. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Mike Bolsinger will start Friday in San Diego, giving everyone other than Mat Latos an extra day’s rest.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta received the pitching rubber at Dodger Stadium after his no-hitter here on Sunday. (Getty Images)
When Hideo Nomo no-hit the Colorado Rockies
at Coors Field in 1996, he received the baseball that he threw on the game’s final pitch. Mitch Poole, now the Dodgers’ clubhouse manager, painted the ball to suitably commemorate the occasion.
When Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, he received a much larger memento: the actual pitching rubber from the Dodger Stadium mound.
The gesture is beginning to border on tradition.
CINCINNATI — Prior to today’s game against the Reds, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked about sitting Kiké Hernandez for the first time on the eight-game road trip, what it would mean to sweep the three-game series against the Reds:
He also discussed the “sense of urgency” message propagated by Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, which seems to have carried into Cincinnati: