MLB notebook: Kershaw's no-hitter burnishes resume
Seeing his best friend only one out away from pitching a no-hitter, A.J. Ellis got a bit teary eyed.
Not that Ellis could get too emotional, though. The Dodgers' catcher still had to call the pitches for Clayton Kershaw to finish off the gem.
Kershaw added to his most remarkable resume Wednesday night, throwing his first no-hitter and striking out a career-high 15 as Los Angeles beat Colorado 8-0.
Only one batter got on base against Kershaw — Corey Dickerson reached on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez leading off the seventh inning. Kershaw struck out a swinging Dickerson to end the game.
“I guess I haven't really thought of the ramifications of throwing one of these things, but it it's definitely special company,” Kershaw said.
“I don't take for granted the history of this, or what it means. I definitely understand all that. But as far as individually, it's right up there with winning playoff games and all that stuff. It's pretty cool,” he said.
Nats' Harper flashes power in 1st BP
Nationals slugger Bryce Harper showed plenty of pop Thursday in his first on-field batting practice since undergoing ligament surgery on his left thumb last month.
“Honestly, we almost ran out of baseballs,” manager Matt Williams said. “Between he and Wilson (Ramos), whoever gets in the park first today and goes to the outfield will have lots of souvenirs.”
Williams said Harper will begin a minor league rehab assignment after the Nationals begin a road trip next week.
Ausmus apologizes again for comment
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologized again Thursday, a day after he sarcastically told reporters he beats his wife when his team isn't playing well.
Ausmus said he realized his words were insensitive and in poor taste as soon as they left his mouth.
The first-year manager was asked after Detroit's 2-1 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday how his mood is when he heads home from the ballpark these days. The Tigers have dropped 20 of 29. Ausmus, clearly trying to joke, said: “I beat my wife.”
Padres' Alonso on DL with tendinitis
The Padres placed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, because of tendinitis in his right wrist. Alonso is hitting .210 with five homers and 22 RBIs.
MLB will honor Gehrig anniversary
Major League Baseball is preparing to honor Lou Gehrig on the 75th anniversary of his famed “luckiest man” speech. MLB will donate $300,000 to organizations that fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. The Hall of Famer was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when he spoke at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.
The first baseman died two years later from ALS at age 37.