Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw achieve strikeout milestones

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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw each achieved a career strikeout milestone on Sunday.

Hernandez, with a fifth-inning strikeout of Sam Fuld, moved to 2,000 over his 11-year career. He’s the eighth pitcher in baseball history to join the 2,000-strikeout club before his 30th birthday, according to Baseball Reference. Hernandez entered the start a perfect 5-0 on the season with a 1.73 ERA and a 44/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.

Kershaw, with a third-inning strikeout of Drew Stubbs, moved to 1,500 over his eight-year career. He’s one of 12 pitchers to rack up 1,500 strikeouts before his 28th birthday, per Baseball Reference. The lefty hasn’t quite had the results he’s looking for, owning a 1-2 record with a 3.73 ERA and a 51/7 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.

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Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.

After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.

Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.

The full statement:

Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.

We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.

We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.

Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.