Dee Gordon, SS
Jerry Sands, RF
Matt Kemp, CF
Juan Rivera, LF
James Loney, 1B
Russ Mitchell, 3B
Tim Federowicz, C
Justin Sellers, 2B
Chad Billingsley, P
Triple Crown Watch
Jose Reyes (.3295)
Ryan Braun (.3291)
Albert Pujols (37 homers)
Matt Kemp (.3259, 37 homers)
Once more unto the breach, dear friends ...
Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com traces Clayton Kershaw's development to superstar.
... When Kershaw's second pitch in the top of the sixth inning hit Parra on his front elbow, plate umpire Bill Welke ejected the pitcher immediately.
The next day I asked the same veteran player who had told Kershaw it would be OK to back away from this fight whether or not Kershaw had proved something to him, whether he liked him more or less than he had the day before.
"Neither," the player said. "I already knew him." ...
Peter Gammons endorses Kemp for NL MVP in a long piece at MLB.com.
Joe Block of Dodger Talk speculates that, because of the theory of "progression to the mean," injuries deprived Juan Uribe the opportunity to recover from his poor first half of the season.
Kevin Baxter of the Times runs a list of the top 10 free agents this offseason alongside the cautionary tale of the top 10 free-agent flops of last offseason.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball checks in on some minor-leaguers with major-league bloodlines, including one Matt Scioscia.