Domestic violence case dismissed against Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera

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Everth Cabrera was in court yesterday to face domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged incident with his wife during spring training, but Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the trial “was abruptly canceled” and prosecutors dismissed the case.

Cabrera’s lawyer told Schrotenboer that “we were ready to proceed to trial” and suggested that “discrepancies about what happened that night” led to the dismissal, although prosecutors could potentially re-file the charges between now and next March.

Cabrera was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on March 16 and according to the police report the Padres shortstop struck his wife in the face and slammed her head into a wall. Police also stated that Cabrera’s wife hit him and threw objects at him, and his lawyer claims he was acting in self defense.

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.