Red Sox avoid arbitration with Andrew Miller

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WEEI’s Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox and Andrew Miller have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.903,125. Miller, in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, had filed for $2.15 million while the Red Sox filed for $1.55 million.

Miller was having a solid season for the Red Sox in 2013 until he suffered a Lisfranc injury, torn ligaments in the middle of his left foot. Prior to the injury, Miller had a 2.64 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with a career-best strikeout rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio. Once hailed as a top prospect as a starter back in 2007, Miller has enjoyed success with the Red Sox — his third organization — over the past two seasons contributing out of the bullpen.

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.