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Clayton Kershaw rips Rockies starter Tyler Anderson for being “disrespectful”

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Last night Clayton Kershaw stood on the mound in Dodger Stadium, waiting to throw the first pitch of his team’s game against the Rockies. The home plate umpire told him to wait, however. That’s because Rockies starter Tyler Anderson had taken a couple of extra pitches in the bullpen before the game and was walking along the first-base line toward the Rockies dugout.

Anderson soon made it to the dugout and the game began. It ended with a Dodgers win and yet another excellent performance from Kershaw. But even three hours later, he was not in a good mood about that first inning delay:

“That was one of the more disrespectful things I’ve been a part of in a game. Really didn’t appreciate that. The game starts at 7:10. It’s started at 7:10 here for a long time. Go around or finish earlier but that wasn’t appreciated, for sure. I’m not going to say any more or I’ll get in trouble.”

For his part, Anderson said he meant no disrespect:

“I threw a few extra pitches in the bullpen before the game,” Anderson said. “I didn’t mean any disrespect by it. I was surprised the umpire didn’t let him pitch.”

Kershaw struggled a bit in the first inning but then settled down, though he said the Anderson thing had nothing to do with it. Yasmani Grandal said he thought it fired Kershaw up. Whether that’s the case is something only Kershaw really knows.

The Rockies next play the Dodgers the weekend of May 12-14. If this truly was one of the more disrespectful things, and if Anderson is pitching in that series, you may want to tune in.

The Giants might be ready to part ways with Hunter Pence

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.

The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.

Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.