Brett Anderson proving to be a wise gamble for Dodgers

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The Dodgers signed left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract over the winter even though injuries had limited him to a total of 123 innings at the major league level between 2012-2014. It has proven to be a wise gamble thus far.

Anderson struck out a season-high 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 win over the Marlins last night. He gave up just five hits and one walk, with the only run scoring on a ground out from Adeiny Hechavarria in the first inning. Amazingly, he allowed just one fly ball in the 25 batters he faced while inducing 13 grounders.

Anderson now has a 3.13 ERA and 62/24 K/BB ratio in 89 innings across 15 starts this season. Meanwhile, his ground ball rate of 68.7 percent is the highest among major league starters. The 27-year-old has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six out of his last seven starts and has gone at least seven innings in four of them. He has already logged his most innings in a season since his age-22 season in 2010 with the Athletics. His career veered off track after that due to a long list of injuries, but not only is he healthy right now, he’s thriving. It’s easy to get overlooked on a staff which also includes Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, but his steady presence has been important for a rotation which has lost Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy to injury.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.

“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.