Gary Matthews Jr. stole home; caught stealing

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Gary Matthews Jr. stole home yesterday. As evidenced by the photo to
the right, he’s also adept at robbing people of home runs. He’s not going to be able to rip off the mother of the child he had back in 2004 anymore, however:

An Arizona woman is entitled to the level of child support she would
receive if she had lived with the father, pro baseball player Gary
Matthews Jr., an Arizona appeals court ruled. The trial court ordered
Matthews to pay Jamie Hunt $1,561 for the child they had in 2004.
Matthews’ salary is $10 million per year. He also had to pay for the
child’s medical, day care and private school expenses.

Hunt sought a higher amount on appeal, and Judge Hall agreed.

Dude makes $10 million and he is forcing the mother of his child to
mount an extended court battle to raise child support above $1,500 a
month? Interesting choice on his part. A better choice, however, would
have been for Matthews to step up and come to an agreement with the
mother that would have corresponded with the law’s requirement that
child support be based upon the combined income of the parents.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.