Angels protest of Friday night’s game denied

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The Angels lodged a formal protest of Friday night’s game against the White Sox.

The basis for the protest: In the first inning of the game, Paul Konerko hit a grounder to third with the bases loaded and no outs. Alberto Callaspo started what was to be a 5-2-3 double play. He went home with the throw to force out Alejandro De Aza at the plate, and then Chris Iannetta’s threw to first. The throw pulled Albert Pujols off the bag, however. Mike Scioscia argued, however, that Konerko’s running path was in the direct throwing lane of Iannetta, causing the throw to sail wide. Thus the protest.

Just a few minutes ago, Joe Torre said nope, protest denied.  Which was expected because, really, when was the last time anything like that was upheld?  I can’t remember one anyway.

The game now remains an 8-6 win for the Sox thanks to an Alex Rios walk-off homer in the 10th.

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.