Fox boasts highest All-Star Game viewership since 2010.

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:

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Dodgers’ quartet sees mixed results in All-Star game.

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Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon meets with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Associated Press photo)

Dee Gordon, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke could be proud of the way they performed against the American League’s best Tuesday in Minneapolis.

Yasiel Puig‘s memory of his first All-Star Game might not be as sweet.

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All-Star Game lineups announced; Yasiel Puig bats second, Clayton Kershaw in bullpen.

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Clayton Kershaw has a no-hitter and a streak of 41 consecutive scoreless innings but won’t start the All-Star game tomorrow night in Minneapolis. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

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:
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Clayton Kershaw ranks third in MLB player jersey sales.

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Clayton Kershaw pauses before throwing the final pitch of his no-hitter June 18 at Dodger Stadium. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Turns out a no-hitter amounts to more than baseball history. It makes for good merchandising.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw ranks third, behind New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, on MLB’s list of jersey sales since Opening Day.

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.

Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett nominated for ESPY awards.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been nominated for Best Baseball Player, and Josh Beckett is a finalist for Best Comeback Athlete, as voting for the ESPY awards began Tuesday.

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.

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Clayton Kershaw named National League Player of the Week.

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Clayton Kershaw pauses before throwing the final pitch of his no-hitter Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Clayton Kershaw was named National League player of the week for the week ending Sunday. Kershaw threw his first career no-hitter on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies (PHOTOS | STORY)

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.

Dodgers season ticket holders will receive paper tickets from Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter. Update.

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:

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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.

Update (2:13 a.m.): Here is what season-ticket holders were given today:

Clayton Kershaw no-hitter: By the numbers

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and catcher A.J. Ellis embrace after Kershaw no-hit the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Clayton Kershaw came within a Hanley Ramirez error of throwing a perfect game on Wednesday night.

Kershaw couldn’t control the defense behind him, but here’s some data on a few things he could control, including pitch selection, pitch speed and location. All statistics via BrooksBaseball.net:

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Clayton Kershaw no-hitter: What the Colorado Rockies were saying.

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Clayton Kershaw pauses before throwing the final pitch of his no-hitter Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:

“I think that anytime there is a special moment for someone, you want to watch how the guy responds,” (Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki) said. “Clayton, obviously, I have a lot of respect for. I know how hard he works.

“It’s nice for me to see how something means enough to bring tears to (their) eyes. It means that they care. I care a lot about this game and it was a special moment for me, too, to see somebody who values this game so much and see it pay off.”

“His breaking stuff was pretty much unhittable tonight,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “When his fastball is hitting 95 mph, his breaking stuff is hard to deal with.”

In the critical ninth inning, fans were on their feet, taking flash pictures for posterity with their smart phones. First, Kershaw got DJ LeMahieu to ground out to first. Next, he got Charlie Culberson to pop out to right. Kershaw finished his masterpiece by striking out Corey Dickerson with an 87 mph slider.

“I wasn’t going up there to take (a pitch), that’s for sure,” Dickerson said. “But he was throwing strikes all night and getting ahead of everybody.”

After Dickerson struck out to become part of history, he slowly walked to the Rockies’ dugout, all the while peeking over his shoulder to watch Kershaw being mobbed by his teammates.

“He’s always been a stand-up guy and a class act,” Dickerson said. “His stuff was phenomenal tonight. I think all of the guys felt that. So we tip our cap to him.”

“His fastball had a little cut to it and he was painting the corners. Then he got ahead and was able to use his curveball. His velo (velocity) was up and he still had movement.”

Not all of the Rockies were quite so enthralled about being part of Dodgers history.

“Not good, not good. It’s terrible,” said Brandon Barnes, when asked about his team being no-hit. “He was just making his pitches when he needed to. He’s a good pitcher and he’s got good stuff. That’s why he gets paid a lot of money. But there is nothing we could have done about it tonight. We gave it everything we had.”