The Braves called the union about last night’s late start


The Mets may have too — the game started nearly four hours after the scheduled game time and the teams play a day-night doubleheader today —  but Mark Bowman reports from the Braves’ side of things:


Bowman’s response to Twitter inquirers revealed that the Braves weren’t complaining as much as they were trying to figure out what the late start and late finish meant for today’s early-starting doubleheader. I assume that relates to what time they have to report to the park, whether they have to take BP, media availability and all of that.

I imagine that if there were complaints, however, they were immediately rescinded after Freddie Freeman hit that walkoff homer.

Clayton Kershaw completes spring training with a 0.00 ERA

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Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.

In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.

The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.