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Astros will wear gold-trimmed uniforms for their first two home games

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I think the Giants were the first team to do this in recent history, donning gold-trimmed uniforms back in April of 2013. Since then it’s become tradition for the World Series-winning team to go with the gold for their opening series, and now the Astros will follow suit:

Coming off their first World Series championship, the Astros unveiled special uniforms Wednesday they will wear during their first two home games of the season, April 2 and 3, against the Orioles. The lettering and the numbering on the front and back of the uniforms will be in gold, along with a gold star on the caps and a World Series champions logo.

Here’s what they’ll look like:

Of course you’ll be able to buy your own gold Astros jersey and cap and stuff at the team store because why do anything if you can’t make a buck off of it?

This is still only a B+ effort in my view. If the Astros really wanna make a thing of this, they should do what the 1921 Cleveland Indians did after winning the 1920 series:

And they wore those bad boys all season long, not for just a series. They didn’t give a rip about anyone’s feelings, brother.

I’m also guessing that if any team did that now, they’d lead the league in getting hit by pitches by a factor of about a thousand, but what price bragging rights, yes?

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.