Lucas Duda will homer off of you, and your brother, too

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On Saturday night, Lucas Duda hit solo home runs in his first two at-bats. At that point, his last eight hits had each been home runs. He broke the streak by delivering an eventual game-winning RBI double in the eighth inning.

The eight hits, eight homers stat was cool enough, but it turns out he also pulled off another rare feat. As Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal details, Duda homered off of two brothers — Tyson Ross of the Padres, and Joe Ross of the Nationals — within four days of each other. Stats, LLC could only find 10 other players who had done that. Adam Dunn accomplished it most recently, homering off of Orlando Hernandez of the Diamondbacks and Livan Hernandez of the Nationals in 2006.

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.