Scott Hairston hits for the cycle against the Rockies

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They’re only in the seventh inning out in Colorado, but Scott Hairston has already hit for the cycle.

Hairston singled in the third, hit a solo homer in the fourth, connected for an RBI triple in the fifth and then hit a two-run double in the sixth. It’s the first cycle of his career and the 10th cycle in Mets’ history. The last Met to do it was Jose Reyes on June 21, 2006.

Hairston’s cycle was somewhat overshadowed by the Rockies plating 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, thanks to four Mets’ errors. The big inning fell one shy of the Rockies’ franchise record (July 30, 2010 against the Cubs) while the 11 runs allowed tied a franchise record for the Mets. Carlos Gonzalez drove in five runs in the frame, via a three-run homer and a two-run single, establishing a new club record. He has six RBI on the night so far.

So yeah, pretty boring game, really.

UPDATE: Hairston finished the day 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and three runs scored, but the Rockies routed the Mets 18-9.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.