Dodgers Test Waiver Wire as They Try to Even Freeway Series Behind Kershaw

With news that only one of numerous stars who currently wear the uniform of the best team that money can buy and who were put on revocable waivers to see what interest they would draw was actually claimed, the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw will try tonight to even the Freeway Series with their cross-county rivals from Anaheim. Info leaked from supposedly informed sources indicates that of a group of high-priced Dodgers’ names, including Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Hanley Ramirez that hit the waiver list, only Ramirez was claimed, and he allegedly by the Giants, and only to help ensure that he did remain with LA the rest of the season. nice, leisurely stroll along a Florida beach following a game this past weekend in Tampa Bay.

With Kemp’s current hot streak, one would have thought that some rich contender would

have found the mere $115 million that he is still owed under his current contract to be a worthwhile investment.

The Angels made mince meat of Zack Greinke last night, due in part to the porous defense provided by Ramirez and Crawford, but the Angels may well have a more difficult time tonight as Kershaw seeks his 11th straight win and to become the majors first 14-game
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winner, despite missing five weeks of the season due to that back ailment that now seems to have been so long ago. Similarly, the Dodgers do not face Garrett Richards, who totally handcuffed they last night while winning his 12th of the season and while pitching his career first complete game shutout. Instead, the Dodgers face Hector Santiago, who earlier failed terribly in a starting role, but who has responded well to another shot due to injuries first to C.J. Wilson and now to Tyler Skaggs. He’ll be looking for his fourth straight win, three of them in relief.

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Speaking of Angels' relief pitching, the club addressed that, its biggest weakness, in a big way leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, acquiring two solid set-up guys and in Huston Street, a real, honest-to-God professional closer,. But now, in a couple of days, they've lost two relievers to injury. First, the newly acquired Joe Thatcher went on the disabled list with a sprained ankle, and now today, Mike Morin has joined him on the DL after reportedly cutting his foot while taking a

And, finally, speaking of relief pitchers and the disabled list, the recently recalled Paco Rodriguez was put on the DL by the Dodgers, with a strained teres major muscle. If that sounds vaguely familiar, that is the same upper back injury that Kershaw injured somewhere between Australia and Dodgers’ Stadium, and that kept him out of action for those five grueling, early season weeks. Guess we’ll next be seeing Paco in late September or next Spring.

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