MLB notes: Dodgers' Kershaw writes history with no-hitter

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) celebrates with left fielder Matt Kemp...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) celebrates with left fielder Matt Kemp (27) and second baseman Dee Gordon (9) after the final out of his no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Jun 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw added his name to the record books on a number of fronts in tossing his first no-hitter Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Kershaw had career-high 15 strikeouts, tied for third most in history and tied for most by a left-hander in a no-hit situation with Warren Spahn. Kershaw did, however, fan the most batters in a no-hitter without giving up a walk.

Kershaw’s teammate Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter May 25. The last team to throw the first two no-hitters of a season was the Chicago Cubs in 1972. Kershaw also did it just 24 days after Beckett, the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds did it in consecutive starts, four days apart, in 1938.

The lefty is the third reigning Cy Young Award winner to throw a no-hitter and the second Dodgers pitcher to do so. Sandy Koufax did it for L.A. in 1964 and Bob Gibson for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971.

Finally, counting the team’s stay in Brooklyn, the Dodgers have thrown 22 no-hitters for the most in MLB history.

DEJESUS DOWN

David DeJesus may be out of the Tampa Bay Rays lineup for a while.

The veteran outfielder fractured his hand on a check swing Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

DeJesus, who was acquired from the Washington Nationals last season, is hitting .269 with five home runs and leads the team with an .806 OPS.

Brandon Guyer was activated from Tampa Bay’s disabled list to replace DeJesus on the roster.

LIGHTS OUT BUCHHOLZ

Clay Buchholz appears to be rounding into form as he recovers from a hyperextended knee.

The Boston Red Sox right-hander tossed six shutout innings Thursday at triple-A Pawtucket. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five batters.

Before being put on the disabled list, Buchholz went 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts.

MR. NEXT MET

The New York Mets have locked up first-round draft pick Michael Conforto with a $2.97 million bonus.

Conforto, who is known more for his bat than his glove, hit .345 with seven home runs and a 1.050 OPS in 59 games for Oregon State this past season. Baseball America ranked the 21-year-old as the eighth-best prospect in the draft.

 


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