Gregg Zaun not about to lose the limelight

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Matt Wieters’ debut in Baltimore tonight is getting all of the
attention, but let us not lose sight of the fact that the man whose job
he is taking — Gregg Zaun — is himself a megastar.

Don’t believe me? Just check out his website,
which is not the sort of thing you’d expect for a journeyman catcher
with a .383 slugging percentage. If aliens came from outerspace and saw
that thing they’d think he was some sort of demi-god. A warning,
though: if you’re at work — or if the prog-rock stylings of Rush
aren’t your cup of tea — you may want to turn your volume down before

I wonder what song Matt Wieters will put on his website . . .

(thanks to reader JohnnyNebraska for the heads up)

Clayton Kershaw completes spring training with a 0.00 ERA

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Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.

In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.

The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.