Edwin Jackson made his Cardinals’ debut last night and tossed seven innings of one-run ball as part of a 9-2 victory over the Cubs. He was aided by a three-run homer by David Freese, three RBI off the bench by Ryan Theriot and Albert Pujols, who pulled an RBI double down the third base line in the bottom half of the eighth inning for his 2,000th career hit.
Pujols is the fifth Cardinal to reach the the 2,000 hit plateau, joining Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Rogers Hornsby and Enos Slaughter. With 1,650 games under his belt, the 31-year-old first baseman is the 12th fastest player in MLB history to reach the mark.
Your Friday box scores:
Cubs 2, Cardinals 9
Pirates 3, Phillies 10
Angels 2, Tigers 12
Mets 8, Nationals 5
Royals 12, Indians 0
Giants 3, Reds 4 (13 innings)
Orioles 4, Yankees 2
Marlins 0, Braves 5
Rangers 2, Blue Jays 3
Astros 0, Brewers 4
Red Sox 1, White Sox 3
Twins 9, Athletics 5
Rays 8, Mariners 0
Rockies 3, Padres 2
Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 9
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain. He’s slated to throw a three-inning simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Plunkett adds that if all goes well, the earliest Kershaw could return is August 31 against the Diamondbacks, but September 1 is more likely against the Padres.
Kershaw, 29, hit the disabled list on a pace to win his fourth Cy Young Award. He’s 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers have managed just fine without Kershaw. The club is 19-4 since July 24. At 87-35, the Dodgers own baseball’s best record, well ahead of the second-best Astros at 76-48.
Last week, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from a game against the Rangers after giving home plate umpire Angel Hernandez a look after a pitch was thrown outside for a ball. Kinsler was apparently unhappy with calls Hernandez had made earlier. Manager Brad Ausmus, too, was ejected.
After the game, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”
Kinsler was fined by Major League Baseball for his remarks, Mlive’s Evan Woodbery reports. According to Ausmus, the fine levied on Kinsler was the largest one he’s seen in nearly 25 years in baseball. Kinsler said, “I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, then that’s their problem.” Ausmus said, “To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for.”
As Ashley noted on Saturday, the umpires wore white wristbands to protest “escalating attacks on umpires.” The umpires agreed to drop their protest on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with the umpire union’s governing board, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports.