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Dodger pitching finally allowed a run, falling just shy of a record

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Most of the focus, as the Dodgers jumped out to a hot 3-0 start to the 2016 season, was actually on the Padres who were so offensively inept that they scored exactly zero runs in their first three games facing the Dodgers. Starters Clayton Kershaw went seven scoreless innings, while Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda delivered six scoreless each.

Alex Wood took the bump for the Dodgers on Thursday against the Giants with the opportunity to pitch his team into the history books. If he made it through the fifth inning without allowing a run, he would help the Dodgers match a major league record with 32 consecutive scoreless innings to begin a season. The only other team to do so was the 1963 Cardinals, who relented a run with no outs in the sixth inning of their fourth game.

Wood got through the first four innings without relenting a run as the Dodgers went up 4-0, but he quickly found himself in trouble in the fifth inning. He issued a leadoff walk to Brandon Crawford, then was victimized by a perfectly placed bunt single by Kelby Tomlinson, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Angel Pagan moved both runners up a base with a soft grounder to third base. Denard Span brought home the first run with a ground ball to second base, with Chase Utley choosing to get the sure out at first base. That ended the Dodgers’ scoreless streak to begin the season at 31 1/3 innings. The offense continued as Joe Panik then drilled a Wood offering over a diving Joc Pederson in center field, bringing home Tomlinson. Buster Posey followed up with a double to score Panik. The trouble continued as Wood walked Hunter Pence, but he was able to get Brandon Belt to ground out to second base to end the inning.

Hard to think of a better way to start the season. The Dodgers’ pitching was a bit of a concern given all of the injuries they’ve endured, but things are looking pretty good for the moment.

Justin Turner rips Rob Manfred like no player has ripped him yet

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Every day brings a new player showing up to camp, facing the media and offering their two cents about the Astros, the sign-stealing scandal and Major League Baseball’s handling of it.

Today Justin Turner of the Dodgers gave more than his two cents. He gave a few bucks worth.

Speaking to the Dodgers media contingent, Turner reacted most strongly to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s comments yesterday, in which he talked about why he chose not to force the Astros to vacate their 2017 World Series title, calling the World Series trophy, “a piece of metal.” From the L.A. Times:

“I don’t know if the commissioner has ever won anything in his life. Maybe he hasn’t. But the reason every guy’s in this room, the reason every guy is working out all offseason, and showing up to camp early and putting in all the time and effort is specifically for that trophy, which, by the way, is called the commissioner’s trophy.

“So for him to devalue it the way he did yesterday just tells me how out of touch he is with the players in this game. At this point the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says ‘commissioner’ on it.”

Turner is also upset that Astros players were not disciplined, and basically implied that, to the Astros, manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow losing their jobs over this was worth it:

“Now anyone who goes forward and cheats to win a World Series, they can live with themselves knowing that, ‘Oh, it’s OK. … We’ll cheat in the World Series and bring the title back to L.A. Screw Dave Roberts and screw Andrew [Friedman]. It’s just those guys losing their jobs. I still get to be called a champion the rest of my life.’ So the precedent was set by him yesterday in this case.”

Turner thinks the Astros should give their rings back and give back the trophy. Though, really, I’m not sure what the league would do with it. To them it’s just a piece of metal, right?