Clayton Kershaw blanks the Angels over eight innings, runs consecutive scoreless innings streak to 37

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw dazzled again in Saturday afternoon’s start against the Angels. The lefty tossed eight scoreless innings, limiting the Halos to two hits and a walk while striking out seven. The outing bumps his consecutive scoreless innings streak up to 37. Kenley Jansen allowed a run in the ninth inning, but held on for the save in a 3-1 victory.

Kershaw’s teammate Zack Greinke recently had his consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped by the Mets at 45 2/3. Former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser holds the all-time record, tossing 59 consecutive scorelesss innings in 1988.

Kershaw last allowed a run on July 3 in the fourth inning against the Mets. He held them scoreless for three more innings before departing. He then tossed a shutout against the Phillies, held the Nationals scoreless over eight innings, and threw another shutout against the Mets ahead of Saturday’s start against the Angels. As Jason Lukehart of LetsGoTribe.com points out, the last pitcher to post four consecutive starts of eight or more scoreless innings was Hershiser in ’88 during his record-setting streak.

Greinke is the clear frontrunner on the NL Cy Young Award race with two months remaining. But Kershaw has covered some serious distance, now standing with a 2.37 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, and a 192/28 K/BB ratio over 148 innings.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.