What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s afternoon action

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We have five afternoon contests today, including a Clayton Kershaw performance. Yes, he gets his own solo billing now. And why not? Kershaw is 7-0 over his last eight starts and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a game over that stretch. He has likewise struck out at least ten batters in eight of his last 10 starts. The dude is as dominant as it gets.

Elsewhere we see the continuation of the Cubs-Nationals series with Jason Hammel taking on Stephen Strasburg. The Yankees play the Rockies too. Here’s hoping that the carnage of last night doesn’t carry over into today. Someone, please, think of the bullpens.

New York Yankees (Ivan Nova) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 3:10 PM EDT, Coors Field

Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin), 3:40 PM EDT, Chase Field

Miami Marlins (Justin Nicolino) @ San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo), 3:40 PM EDT, Petco Park

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto), 3:45 PM EDT, AT&T Park

Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg), 4:05 PM EDT, Nationals Park

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.