The Chinese Taipei national baseball team will face a pretty decent lineup

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Not too long ago Major League Baseball announced that a team of major leaguers was going to go to Taiwan to play an all-star series against the Chinese Taipei national team in November.  They just announced the players who will be participating. Among them: Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Pablo Sandoval and Miguel Cabrera.

There’s a lot of falloff after that, going down to Logan Morrison and then guys like Jeff Mathis and Erick Aybar, but it still seems like Bruce Bochy — who will manage this bunch — can put together a pretty darn good starting lineup. Pitching is way more suspect with Dillon Gee and Jeremy Guthrie vying for the title of “ace” of the staff.  Mark Melancon will be the closer.

A mixed bag to be sure, but with an offensive core like that, I presume that they’ll still thump whatever the Chinese Taipei national team will be able to muster.

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.