Clayton Kershaw pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 Sunday in the Dodgers’ 8-0 defeat of the Marlins.
It was his second career shutout and complete game, the other coming last Sept. 14 against the Giants.
Manager Don Mattingly decided it was fine to let Kershaw throw 116 pitches even though the game wasn’t in doubt. The Dodgers scored eight times off Ricky Nolasco, handing him his first loss of the season. The 15 hits given up by Nolasco set a new franchise record for the Marlins.
Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 and hit his first homer for the Dodgers. Jay Gibbons also had three hits, The Dodgers had 17 hits in all, 14 of them singles. Kershaw had two of them himself, knocked in a run and scored twice.
Kershaw is now batting .240 this season, while the league is hitting .218 against him. He fanned 10 for the second time this season and the 10th time in his career. He’s 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA.
In a column published on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Padres are “aggressively shopping” third baseman Yangervis Solarte. The 29-year-old is entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility and is projected to earn $2.7 million next season.
This past season, Solarte hit a solid .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances. It’s quite impressive factoring in that he plays in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
Given that Solarte is team-controlled for three more years and he offers lots of versatility with previous experience playing first and second base as well as corner outfield, the Padres should receive a fair amount of interest.
Update (6:52 PM EST): The deal is expected to be one year for $13 million, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the report.
The Yankees are close to signing veteran free agent Matt Holliday, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports.
Holliday, who turns 37 years old next month, was limited to 110 games in 2016 with the Cardinals due to a fractured left thumb suffered in the second half. He finished the season hitting .246/.322/.461 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances.
Holliday is likely looking at spending the majority of his time in the DH role. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann handled the DH role for a majority of the time last season but all three have moved on — Rodriguez was released in the second half, Beltran just signed with the Astros, and McCann was traded to the Astros last month.