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Cubs sign Peter Bourjos to minor league deal


The Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder Peter Bourjos to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

The book on Bourjos is the same as it ever was: he’s fast and plays good outfield defense — though not as good at 30 as he did when he was younger — but he can’t hit enough to stick as a regular. Last year he hit a mere .223/.272/.383 in 203 plate appearances.

He’ll be 31 when Opening Day rolls around. He’ll try to make it as a fifth outfielder for the Cubs but, if I had to guess, I’d say that he’ll either be heading to Iowa on that day or will have been released to see if he can’t make another club’s 25-man roster.

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.