Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw's no-hitter gave the Dodgers the only two no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett threw one on May 25th in Philadelphia. Normally we watch pitchers gain momentum in a no-hit bid, but on this magical night, Kershaw had that momentum from the first inning and never lost it. In addition to the 15 strikeouts, Kershaw allowed only three balls to be hit out of the infield -- Brandon Barnes flew out to center in the first inning, Troy Tulowitzki flew out to left in the third inning, and Charlie Culberson flew out to right in the ninth inning. That's it. Every other out was recorded on the infield. Kershaw's performance was total domination and it did not come against any other team. The Rockies currently lead the National League in runs scored and Kershaw no-hit them and racked up the 15 strikeouts. An announced crowd of 46,069 were at Dodger Stadium to witness history and something tells me this won't be the last no-hitter that the left-hander will throw in his career.
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It's no secret that the Chicago Cubs will trade Jeff Samardzija before the trade deadline that is now six weeks away. However, it appears the Cubs are ready to pull the trigger now to capitalize on Samardzija's hot start while also expanding the field of teams that could have interest since there are many teams still in the playoff hunt. On Sunday, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the San Francisco Giants are showing "strong interest" in Samardzija and that the Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Red Sox and Blue Jays are also "in the picture". An addition of Samardzija by the Giants might mean a move to the bullpen for Tim Lincecum. In return for Samardzija, the Cubs are looking to add at least two top pitching prospects by doing this trade. The Cubs have their "Core Four" which consists of four position players in Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and Albert Almora. The Cubs must add some top pitching prospects by dealing Samardzija.
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