Dose: Dodgers Lose Kershaw

Dose: Dodgers Lose Kershaw
In Friday's Daily Dose, Jesse Pantuosco looks at Clayton Kershaw's back injury and discusses the Dodgers' trade for Bud Norris.
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Justin Smoak (knee) struck out in all three of his at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.

Smoak hadn't started in over a week while battling a sore knee. He's hit a wall of late, batting just .125/.239/.325 over his last 18 games.
Jul 1 - 8:43 AM

Buster Posey went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run in Thursday's 12-6 win over the A's.

Posey slugged a three-run homer to center off A's starter Dillon Overton in the third inning. The stalwart backstop has notched multiple hits in three of the last five games. On the whole, he is slashing .288/.349/.464 with 18 doubles, nine homers and 39 RBI across 267 at-bats.
Jul 1 - 1:58 AM

Yonder Alonso went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

Alonso's two-run homer in the seventh inning drew the A's to within 8-4 and gave them a fighting chance in the late innings, but their bullpen foiled any legitimate comeback attempt by allowing the Giants to score four times in the top of the ninth. For his part, Alonso is slashing .250/.308/.342 with three homers and 22 RBI across 240 at-bats. While he has now homered in back-to-back contests, Alonso offers no real fantasy value.
Jul 1 - 1:58 AM

Madison Bumgarner posted a rare misstep of a start in Thursday's 12-6 win over the A's, allowing four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Bumgarner made headlines before the game, as the Giants became the first team to forego the DH since 1976, allowing the southpaw ace to take his hacks. He doubled in his first at-bat for his lone hit of the game. Bumgarner finished 1-for-4 at the dish. As for the pitching side of things (he does that, too), not so hot. At least by his lofty standards. A sign of his dominance, the four earned runs on Thursday were the most he has yielded in 17 starts. He will carry a 2.20 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 126/29 K/BB ratio into a home start against the Rockies. As the schedule stands right now, that would be his last start before the All-Star Break.
Jul 1 - 1:53 AM

Dillon Overton was flattened in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering eight runs on eight hits over three-plus innings.

Overton allowed a respectable three runs to the Angels over 5 2/3 innings in his major league debut last time out, but the Giants hit him early and often in start No. 2. Six of the eight runs on his line scored in the third inning. Brandon Belt burned him for a two-run double in the frame, followed by a Buster Posey three-run homer and a Brandon Crawford solo shot. The home run has been an early issue for Overton, who has yielded a whopping five of them through just 8 2/3 innings. He was pitching fantastically at Triple-A Nashville prior to his promotion earlier this month -- 1.40 ERA in his last seven starts -- but has yet to find that same kind of footing with the big league club.
Jul 1 - 1:52 AM

Seth Smith went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

Smith launched a Chris Tillman offering deep into the night in the fifth inning, helping to break open a 1-0 game in the process. For the season, he is slashing .263/.361/.404 with seven homers and 29 RBI over 198 at-bats. If he can catch a little hot streak in the second half of the season, he would have a shot at matching or surpassing the career-best 17 homers he posted with the Rockies in 2010.
Jul 1 - 1:39 AM

Hyun Soo Kim went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

Kim cracked a solo home run off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker to lead off the seventh inning. One inning later, he notched an RBI single. The 28-year-old rookie has been used as a part-time piece this season and is hitting a crisp .344/.433/.484 with eight doubles, three homers and 11 RBI across 122 at-bats.
Jul 1 - 1:33 AM

Taijuan Walker (foot) pitched well in Thursday's win over the Orioles, yielding just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Walker was skipped last time through the rotation, as he is dealing with a bout of tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. The nagging injury has forced him out of two starts this month, but he showed no signs of discomfort in Thursday's win. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five without walking a batter. The lone blemish on his line came when Hyun-soo Kim rocked a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. Foot injuries can linger given mankind's bipedal nature, but unless the Mariners indicate otherwise, fantasy owners can safely start Walker when he takes his 3.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 75/17 K/BB ratio (82 innings) into a road start against the Astros next time out.
Jul 1 - 1:26 AM
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