Kevin Cash retires, takes scouting job with Blue Jays

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From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that veteran catcher Kevin Cash has decided to hang up his cleats for good and accept a job as a major league advance scout with the Blue Jays.

Cash, 34, played for the Jays, Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Astros during an eight-year major league career, tallying 117 hits and 12 home runs in 714 plate appearances. He was a .245/.330/.409 career hitter in the minor leagues and a .183/.248/.278 career hitter in the bigs.

Cafardo says Cash is “one of those guys you always thought would wind up being a major league manager,” so that’s something to keep in mind for the future. For now, he’ll chart and monitor Toronto’s opponents.

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.