Zack Greinke helped the Dodgers starting pitchers set a record yesterday

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Fun from the Elias Sports Bureau: yesterday Zack Greinke walked two guys. That broke a record, as it was the 37th consecutive game n which a Dodgers starting pitcher allowed two walks or fewer. The previous record was held by the  2005 Twins.

No, it’s not exactly one of those “I’ll always remember where I was when that record was set” records, but it’s pretty cool anyway. As is the fact that Dodgers starters have 488 strikeouts this season to only 122 walks. That’s a K/BB ratio of 4.00, which is far and away the best among all rotations in the bigs.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.