Jose Fernandez strikes out 14 batters, joins 500 strikeout club in a no-decision

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Jose Fernandez was dominant but inefficient in a no-decision against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, striking out 14 batters over 6 1/3 innings. He yielded two runs on four hits and a pair of walks, using 104 pitches.

The Phillies scored their first run in the first inning. Odubel Herrera doubled to lead off the game and later came around to score on a Maikel Franco ground out. Tommy Joseph drilled a solo home run to lead off the seventh. Fernandez would strike out Cody Asche, then walked Freddy Galvis before being pulled from the game. The Marlins fought back for two runs to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning against Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez. They pushed across one more on a Martin Prado solo home run in the top of the 11th to eventually win 3-2.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola, making his first start since July 2, out-pitched Fernandez. He blanked the Marlins on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts over six innings. Nola was hit in the right shoulder by an Adeiny Hechavarria line drive, but stayed in the game and completed the inning.

Fernandez’s 10th strikeout of the game, against Asche in the fourth inning, was the 500th of his career. He is the third-fastest to 500 strikeouts behind Doc Gooden and Yu Darvish, according to MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter account.

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After Monday’s no-decision, Fernandez is 11-4 with a 2.53 ERA and a 168/33 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.