Missed Opportunity in Los Angeles Seems Familiar — Atlanta Braves

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It was the top of the second inning on a Sunday afternoon, 99 games into the Los Angeles Dodgers' first-place season and eight days before the non-waiver trade deadline, and Kershaw's back was acting up again.

Clayton Kershaw is checked for a possible injury during the second inning of Sunday's start.

Kershaw, unbeaten in 15 consecutive starts, left after 21 pitches because of right low back tightness.

This could be a way of getting the Dodgers at a better price especially at home where they've won 39 of 51 games. "Hopefully find out more".

The crowd, so appreciative of the spectacular and sustained success of the home team, did not dream of booing this rare off night ... no, check that.

"I think it's more of a declaration - not necessarily a challenge - to our own guys". (Logan Forsythe has a week to figure out how much he wants to demand from Yu Darvish in exchange for his no. 11 jersey.) But much like Carlos Correa's busted thumb ligament, the regular season isn't the issue.

Roberts said Kershaw felt "100 percent" heading into that outing.

Kershaw finished the day with two innings pitches, no runs and no hits.

Mariners left-hander James Paxton (9-3, 3.06) is 4-0 with 2.05 ERA in four July starts. Kershaw hasn't lost a start since May 1.

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"There's a lot of frustration", a visibly disappointed Kershaw said following the game. I felt really, really good up to this point. While the Twins are still in play, they are back to square one when it comes to landing the veteran lefty.

Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers also homered for Atlanta, which has won seven of its last nine away from SunTrust Park. Brandon Guyer's three-run double was the key hit in the first, when Cleveland took a 4-0 lead against J.A. Happ (3-7). "He's had a little stiffness and he couldn't get loose, even though he's throwing the ball well". That miscue didn't lead to a run, but the announced crowd of 46,083 might have checked the standings to make sure they were watching the best team in baseball.

However, the Dodgers would not score again.

He bounced back to be a 10-game winner for St. Louis in 2015 and 2016. "He had good stuff, was on the attack".

After the homer, Jansen got Johan Camargo to fly out to center field to end the inning.

You can see the stunned faces in the crowd, some with their hands on their head, jaws dropped.

Kershaw, who is a leading candidate for both the National League Cy Young Award and MVP, walked straight to the team's clubhouse following the second inning. Matt FREAKIN' Adams shot one to right field for a 3-run homer, tying the game. This leaves him more open to the possibility of someone taking him deep.

Garcia (4-7) was charged with seven hits and three runs, all earned, in seven innings. "Those two walks still are irritating me right now". In his previous 10 starts, he had given up six runs in 62 innings. He struck out nine and scattered three hits, but the walks proved to be his undoing. Dayton missed 11 games with a stiff neck.

"Weirdly enough, I thought it was the best I've thrown in months", McCarthy said.

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