Scooter Gennett had a game for the ages

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Scooter Gennett on Tuesday night became the first player to hit four home runs in a game since Josh Hamilton on May 8, 2012. He’s the 17th player to ever do it and the 15th in the modern era; the sixth in this millennium. He finished 5-for-5 with the four homers and 10 RBI.

Of the 15 modern era four-homer performances, only one other player — Mark Whiten — reached double-digits in RBI. Five others had five or more hits, including Shawn Green, who had six.

Gennett is the ninth outfielder to have a four-homer game in the modern era. Five of the 15 performances were achieved by first basemen and one by a third baseman (Mike Schmidt).

The only players to reach base in each of his plate appearances during his four-homer performance, along with Gennett, were Hamilton, Carlos Delgado, Green, Rocky Colavito, and Joe Adcock.

Gennett is also arguably the most unlikely player to have achieved a four-homer game. To put his performance in perspective, Gennett hit 9.5 percent of his 42 career home runs against the Cardinals on Tuesday night. He raised his season triple-slash line from .270/.308/.450 to .302/.336/.578. His career triple-slash line went from .279/.317/.422 to .281/.319/.431.

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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.