MLB In Full Bloom - Kershaw With Total Domination In No-Hitter - 6/19/2014

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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.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Brian McCann went 2-for-3 with a bases-clearing triple and a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays. McCann is starting to heat up, but he still has a long way to go to get his numbers to a respectable level. He is hitting .226 with 8 home runs and 33 RBI. His fourth-inning homer off of Mark Buehrle was his eighth of the season, and his third in his last three games. He also unloaded the bases with a seventh-inning triple off of Chad Jenkins.
  • Alfredo Simon improved to 10-3 by allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday's win over the Pirates. Simon left with one out in the sixth after a rain delay. Simon allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five Pirates. He is the first in the National League to double-digit wins and owns a 3.05 ERA. Simon will face the Cubs on the road in his next start.
  • On Wednesday, Bartolo Colon got his first hit since 2005 and it was a double! Let's just give him the Silver Slugger now! Colon even scored when Eric Young followed with a double to center and the Mets won 3-2. The double snapped a 0-43 drought at the plate and at 41-years old, Colon can still get it done!
  • Giancarlo Stanton (wrist) will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets according to Marlins manager Mike Redmond. Stanton's left wrist, which he hurt in a collision with the outfield wall Wednesday, was swollen after the game but the marlins did not feel the need to send him for any tests. Stanton homered after suffering the injury in the first, but the wrist got tighter as the game went on.
  • Andrew Heaney will make his major league debut tonight when the Marlins face the Mets. One of the top prospects in baseball, Heaney should be picked up in all fantasy leagues where he is still available. The 23-year-old left-hander has a 2.47 ERA  in 76 2/3 innings this season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. He carries front-line starter potential and must be owned in all fantasy formats.
  • The Kansas City Royals won their 10th straight game on Wednesday afternoon in Detroit as they completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers. The win increased the Royals lead to 1 1/2 games over the Tigers in the American League Central. The last time the Royals were in first place after 70 games or more since August 29th, 2003. The Royals are 15-4 in their last 19 games and after pummeling Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer and scoring 22 runs in the first two games, Wednesday's contest was a pitching duel that Jeremy Guthrie was better than Drew Smyly. Meanwhile, the Tigers have lost 12 of their last 17 games.
  • Since we had a no-hitter thrown last night by Clayton Kershaw, the first 20,000 registered MLB.com users are eligible for a free Dominos pizza which begins at 12pm Pacific Time today. The promotion is called the DOMI-NoNo! Just got to  back to MLB.com/dominos at that time to redeem. To become eligible, simply create an account at MLB.com and win free pizza today!

MLB In Full Bloom - Samardzija Soon To Be Traded? - 6/16/2014

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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.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Matt Adams hit his third home run in three days and the Cardinals held on to beat the Nationals 5-2 on Sunday. Adams gave the Cardinals an early lead with a two-run shot off Doug Fister in the second inning, and the Cardinals never looked back in this one. Adams has been on a home run binge since coming off the disabled list on Friday, hitting one in each of his three games after hitting three in his first 52 games. Adams is batting .327 with those six homers on the season.
  • Todd Frazier went 2-for-6 with a home run and four RBI in the Reds' 13-4 blowout victory over the Brewers on Sunday. Frazier delivered a two-run home run in the fifth inning before belting a two-run double in the ninth to cap the scoring. The home run was the 15th of the year for the third baseman, which is the third-most in the National League. Frazier is also among the league leaders in runs scored and slugging percentage in what's been a breakout year.
  • Josh Donaldson snapped his 33 at-bat hitless streak with an RBI single on Sunday afternoon.  Donaldson's hit was a weak single to the right side on a defensive swing and he continues to look lost at the plate and has expressed some frustration. Donaldson had an incredible first two months of the season that started up for MVP discussion, but has been brutal in June on both sides of the ball.
  • Derek Norris was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer on Sunday afternoon as the Athletics blew out the Yankees. On Mother's Day, Norris hit two three-run homers and now on Father's Day he adds a third three-run bomb. He now has 7 homers and 29 RBI.
  • Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with a double and two singles in Sunday's win over the Red Sox. Santana has become comfortable hitting out of the No. 8 spot in the Indians order and he should return to the middle of the lineup as he steadily makes his climb back to the Mendoza Line. Now batting .190 on the season, Santana finally appears to be starting to look like the player who was one of the better hitters at his position over his previous four seasons in the big leagues.
  • The Kansas City Royals have won seven straight games after completing a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. The Royals have hit 14 home runs in their last 16 games. The Royals improved to 12-4 in its last 16 games, in which they have averaged 5.1 runs per game. This is the type of team the Royals envisioned after making an impressive second-half run at a Wild Card berth last season.
  • Mega prospect Gregory Polanco became the first Pittsburgh Pirates player to get a hit in each of his first six games since Roberto Clemente did it in 1955. Polanco went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Marlins and is now the owner of a  .387 batting line.

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