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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Watch: Yasiel Puig, Nick Hundley ejected after starting fight

Dodgers Giants brawl

A brawl broke out between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night after an exchange between Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley got physical.

Puig was batting in the bottom of the 7th inning with his Dodgers trailing 1-0. Puig took a big swing and fouled off a pitch, after which he tossed his bat to himself. Hundley appeared to start talking to Puig, who then got in Hundley’s face.

Puig then swiped at Hundley twice, leading to benches from both teams clearing.

Replay showed that Puig reached out to slap Hundley during the brawl.

Both Puig and Hundley were ejected from the game.

Puig getting into a fight with the Giants is nothing new. The only surprise is he didn’t get into it with Madison Bumgarner.

Clayton Kershaw explains his lack of strikeouts in unusual outing

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs on six hits over six innings in a Wednesday loss to the Oakland Athletics. And most surprisingly of all, he struck out just one batter.

The lone strikeout was a season-low for Kershaw, but perhaps even more odd than that was the All-Star managed to get only four swinging strikes. Still, it was enough to earn his seventh consecutive quality start.

It was just the third time in Kershaw’s career that he struck out fewer than two batters and over eight years since the last time he had that sort of strikeout futility. It was also the longest Kershaw had gone into a start (4 1/3 innings) without recording a strikeout in his career (307 career starts).

After the game, Kershaw acknowledged that he got through with nothing but “smoke and mirrors.”

“I didn’t have much of anything tonight. It was a little bit of smoke and mirrors,” Kershaw told the Orange County Register. “I was getting ahead of guys but especially in that 4th inning when they scored – a lot of hits with 2 strikes there. I didn’t really have those put-away pitches.”

Kershaw’s (5-5) next start is scheduled for Monday, August 13 against the San Francisco Giants.

Astros take swipe at Dodgers on Twitter during blowout

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros treated us to one of the most exciting World Series battles in recent history last year, but Saturday night’s game was about as lopsided as it gets. You can’t blame the home fans for not wanting to stick around to see the finish, but that didn’t stop the defending champs from flexing their Twitter muscles.

The Dodgers appeared to be running out of chances when they were trailing 5-0 after seven innings, but Houston made them throw in the towel by putting up seven additional runs in the eighth. That’s when fans started to clear out of Dodger Stadium, and the Astros were happy to call attention to that.

Of course, there were many Dodger fans who took offense to that and pointed out that the Astros have historically had bad attendance.

Blowouts like that are quite uncommon in baseball, and the thought of beating the traffic and getting home early in a situation like that is simply too much to pass up. The Astros have been doing quite a bit of trolling this season, and they’ve been backing it up quite well.

Dodgers about to have incredibly stacked bench

Dave Roberts

Some pre-trade deadline maneuvering coupled with players getting healthy will lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to soon have one of the deepest benches in baseball.

Justin Turner is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. That will give the Dodgers their 2017 NLCS MVP back — a certainly welcomed addition. While Turner was out with a groin injury, Manny Machado had moved to third base, but he figures to return to shortstop. In addition to Turner and Machado having spots in the lineup, the Dodgers also acquired Brian Dozier, who figures to see most of the starts at second base.

Getting Turner back and moving Machado to shortstop means the versatile Chris Taylor will likely move back to center field. After struggling the first month of the season, Taylor has come on lately and has raised his OPS to .776.

Cody Bellinger could also see time at center field along with Taylor. He slumped in July, batting just .228 with a .683 OPS. But he’s hit righties pretty well and could find himself in the lineup either in center or first base.

Home Run Derby participant Max Muncy, who has seen time at first, second and third, will likely form a platoon with Bellinger at first. Muncy has 24 homers and a .960 OPS but has been striking out and slumping the last few weeks.

The Dodgers also have three guys for two corner outfield spots: Joc Pederson, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig.

Pederson, who is batting .264 with an .866 OPS, figures to see regular action in left. Kemp, who is batting .298 with an .852 OPS and rebounded to All-Star form, will likely play both corner spots. Puig, who has a .790 OPS, will also see action in right. He was recently activated from the disabled list.

We have also gone this far without mentioning utilityman Enrique Hernandez. The supersub, who has played every position this season except catcher, is batting .214 but has 17 homers and a .768 OPS.

Not only will one of Bellinger, Taylor and Muncy likely find himself on the bench to start games, but the Dodgers will also have a top spare corner outfielder on the pine. Hernandez will probably join them.

Nobody can say that Dave Roberts won’t have plenty of options moving forward.

Eight MLB teams that improved the most at the trade deadline

Brian Cashman

Though waiver trades can still be made until the end of August, the July 31 trade deadline is generally seen as MLB teams’ last, best shot to improve for a playoff run. Subsequently, the moves made Tuesday and in the leadup to the date are going to be heavily dissected to see how it sets up teams going forward. Who got better? Who got worse? Who didn’t do enough?

Here are eight teams who made the moves to get much better ahead of the stretch run.

8) Atlanta Braves

Acquiring reliever Brad Brach was a nice low-risk move for the Braves, and the same goes for the addition of power-hitting outfielder Adam Duvall to boost an offense that hasn’t quite been running on all cylinders recently. Their decision on Tuesday to trade for Baltimore Orioles starter Kevin Gausman is an intriguing one. A former top prospect who has never quite lived up to the billing, Gausman still has a good arm. A change of scenery might be just what he needs, as well as the entry into a pennant race.

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Dodger Stadium power outage was caused by balloon

The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers experienced an unexpected 20-minute delay in their game on Monday night due to a power outage, and an investigation has determined the cause.

Hold onto your balloons, people.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power revealed that the power outage at Dodger Stadium was caused by a Mylar balloon. Those are the kind that are made of a foil-like substance, and they are apparently problematic if they come in contact with electrical equipment.

“That a metallic balloon can cause a power outage like the one at Dodger Stadium may come as a surprise to some, but those in the utility industry know all too well the damage one Mylar balloon can cause,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said. “When metallic balloons come in contact with power lines or other electrical equipment, it can melt electrical wires resulting in fires that could lead to injuries, property damage or an outage like the one that occurred last night. We have built our systems to ensure reliable power flow to major venues, but even a brief disruption in power flow can cause on-site systems to need to be reset.”

Since there was still some daylight and Dodger Stadium has a backup electrical system, the outage was only a minor inconvenience.

We’ve seen power outages in the past at some of the biggest sporting events of the year, so this isn’t anything new. The fact that it was caused by a balloon, however, gives the Dodger Stadium outage its own place in power outage history.

Orioles only expected to receive prospects from Dodgers in Machado trade

Manny Machado

The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be in the driver’s seat to land Manny Machado in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, and some details about a deal are emerging.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday about the deal and said that the Dodgers are “increasingly likely” to land Machado.

Rosenthal says the Orioles’ return will only include prospects and no major league players.

Dustin May and Gavin Lux are two of the prospects who could be involved in the deal. May was a third-round pick in 2016 and has had success pitching in the minors. Lux was a first-round pick in 2016 and has really come on this season, batting .325 with a .922 OPS as a shortstop.

On Monday reports said the Phillies were closing in on a deal, but now it looks like the Dodgers have taken the lead in the sweepstakes.

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