Clayton Kershaw suspended five games, will appeal

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As first reported by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Major League Baseball handed a five-game suspension to Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday for intentionally throwing at Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand on Tuesday night.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer were also suspended one game each for their actions following Kershaw’s ejection.

The left-handed Kershaw has decided to appeal and will remain available to the Dodgers until that process is carried out.  He may be able to avoid missing a start if all goes according to plan.

Through 20 starts this season, Kershaw has posted a 9-5 record, a 3.15 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has also fanned 135 batters in 122 2/3 innings for a 9.90 K/9 that ranks first among all National League starters.  The Dodgers are 49-45 on the season — six games back of the Padres in the National League West.

White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.