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Mariano Rivera has the most popular jersey in baseball


Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list:
1.    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

2.    Matt Harvey, New York Mets

3.    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

4.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

5.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

6.    Clayton Kershaw,  Los Angeles Dodgers

7.    Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

8.    Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

9.    Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics

10.  Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim

11.  Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

12.  Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

13.  David Wright, New York Mets

14.  Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

15.  Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

16.  Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

17.  Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

18.  David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

19.  Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

20.  Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

No Brian McCann here, but I have it on good authority that his jersey is the most popular among sheriffs offices all over the country.

Video: Clayton Kershaw notches his 300th strikeout

Clayton Kershaw
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Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.

He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.

Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …

The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.

Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Shelby Miller snaps 24-start winless streak

Shelby Miller
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Pitcher wins are stupid, but players do seem to put some stock in them. And so Braves starter Shelby Miller can finish his 2015 season with some positive vibes.

The right-hander held the Cardinals scoreless over eight innings in the first half of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Turner Field, an eventual 6-0 victory for the host Braves. Miller struck out seven, gave up only three hits, and finally got some run support to snap a 24-start “winless” streak. (Atlanta was actually 3-21 in that stretch).

Miller’s last official “win” before Sunday came May 17 in Miami. He shut out the Marlins and flirted with a no-hitter in that start.

The 24-year-old will finish the 2015 season with a 6-17 record, 3.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 171/73 K/BB ratio in 205 1/3 innings. He was traded to Atlanta from St. Louis over the winter in the four-player Jason Heyward deal and will be under the Braves’ control through at least 2018.

Heyward is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.