Josh Hamilton loses track of outs on game-ending play

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Regardless, the Angels were going quietly on Friday night. They didn’t have to go so carelessly as well, though.

Josh Hamilton, the Angels’ $125 million man, forgot how many outs there were on a foul popup in the ninth inning and got doubled off to end Friday’s 5-0 loss to the Astros.

The absent-minded Hamilton went 0-for-4 in the game, dropping his average to .179. He was only on first base in the ninth because he reached on a fielder’s choice. Mark Trumbo followed that with a popup to the left of home plate that catcher Jason Castro caught.  Hamilton, thinking there were two outs, ran it out, even though there was never any chance of it landing fair.

Hamilton wasn’t overly chastised by his manager afterwards, and there was no indication that a day off was in store, though it might not be a bad idea.

“That’s a mental mistake,” Mike Scioscia said. “Josh knows it. He’s accountable.”

The Angels fell to 2-8 with the loss. The Astros are two games better at 4-6.

 

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.