The Dodgers are back on top in the NL West.
Clayton Kershaw allowed just two hits and a walk over nine shutout innings and Adrian Gonzalez finished 3-for-5 with two doubles as Los Angeles dominated the host Giants on Saturday night in San Francisco. Kershaw now has a 0.69 ERA in 78 2/3 career innings at AT&T Park and his 2014 season ERA is down to an MLB-best 1.76 through 112 1/3 innings this year. Gonzalez had a rough first half but is now 13-for-31 (.420) with five extra-base hits and eight RBI in eight games since the All-Star break.
The Dodgers will look to put some distance between themselves and the Giants in Sunday night’s series finale.
It’ll be Hyun-Jin Ryu versus new Giants starter Jake Peavy.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 4
Cardinals 6, Cubs 3
Nationals 0, Reds 1
Orioles 3, Mariners 4
Diamondbacks 10, Phillies 6 (10 innings)
Indians 5, Royals 7
Mets 2, Brewers 5
White Sox 7, Twins 0
Padres 3, Braves 5
Marlins 7, Astros 3
Red Sox 0, Rays 3
Athletics 5, Rangers 1
Pirates 1, Rockies 8
Tigers 0, Angels 4
Dodgers 5, Giants 0
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.