With seven shutout frames against the Padres, Clayton Kershaw lowers ERA to 1.88

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Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was nearly unhittable as usual tonight against the Padres, blanking them over seven innings of work. The lefty allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out ten, improving to 15-9 and lowering his ERA to 1.88. Not that Kershaw needed to do anything else to ensure that the NL Cy Young award is his.

The outing is Kershaw’s fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season. It was also the ninth time in 32 starts that he threw at least seven shutout innings. The last came on August 22 against the Marlins.

Also of note in tonight’s game: Yasiel Puig hit a tape-measure shot to center, over the batter’s eye at Petco Park. As MLB has been unhelpful with embedding videos lately, you can click here to watch the tater.

The Dodgers wrapped up the NL West title yesterday, but are still competing for home-field advantage in the National League. Tonight’s win, their 89th, leaves them two games behind the Braves and Cardinals with seven games left in the season.

Three A’s rookies hit their first big league home runs on Saturday

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The Athletics followed Friday’s 3-0 shutout with a rookie-led home run derby on Saturday afternoon, watching not one, not two, but three rookies belt their first major league home runs off of the White Sox’ James Shields.

Right fielder Matt Olson was the first to strike, taking Shields deep on a first-pitch, two-run blast in the first inning for his first home run in 49 major league plate appearances:

Fellow outfielder Jaycob Brugman duplicated his teammate’s results in the second inning with a solo home run, his first extra-base hit of any kind since he made his debut on June 9:

In the third, with a comfortable 4-0 lead backing two scoreless frames from Oakland right-hander Daniel Gossett, Franklin Barreto took his shot at Shields. After getting the call several hours prior to Saturday’s game, he became the fastest of the three rookies to record his first big league homer, going yard on a 2-2 changeup and driving in Bruce Maxwell to give the A’s a six-run advantage.

The Athletics currently lead the White Sox 8-2 in the top of the sixth inning.

Athletics call up top prospect Franklin Barreto

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The Athletics called up their top prospect on Saturday, inserting shortstop Franklin Barreto into the lineup for their second game against the White Sox. Barreto was originally scheduled to make his major league debut on Sunday, but got a head start after Jed Lowrie sustained a minor knee sprain in Friday’s 3-0 win and was scratched from Saturday’s lineup.

Barreto, 21, has been rapidly climbing the rungs of the A’s minor league system after getting dealt by the Blue Jays in 2014. He got his first taste of Triple-A action late last year, going 6-for-17 with three RBI and getting caught stealing in two attempts. He fared little better this spring, slashing .281/.326/.428 with eight home runs and a .754 OPS through his first 309 PA in Nashville.

While his minor league production has been solid, if underwhelming for a prospect of his caliber, the A’s are expected to give the rookie infielder a long leash with both Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder sitting on the disabled list. Pinder landed on the 10-day DL after suffering a left hamstring strain on Friday. Semien, meanwhile, is still working his way back from the 60-day DL with a right wrist fracture and likely won’t rejoin the team until he completes a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton.