With the Chicago Cubs enjoying a much-needed off-day prior to their matchup with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, attention of Cubs’ fans was elsewhere as the weekend concluded.
Although the team wasn’t in action, reports emerged saying that Jason Hammel is a potential target now of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays join the likes of the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants as potential early suitors for the veteran right-hander’s services. With the day off, many, including our own staff, took a look at the nice bounce-back campaigns Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo have put together, as well.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ southpaw Clayton Kershaw tossed eight scoreless innings en route to another dominant win, this one leading his team to a tie atop the National League West standings – less than a month after trailing the division-leading Giants by a wide margin. With the win, his scoreless streak reached 28 innings – a career-high. The left-hander became just the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 6-0 with a sub-1.00 ERA (0.82 ERA) and more than 50 strikeouts (61).
In other news, Boston pounded the Yankees in the Bronx, Robinson Cano backed Felix Hernandez in a Mariners’ win and the Washington Nationals are set to activate outfielder Bryce Harper from the disabled list on Monday.
Kershaw Ks 13 in latest win – ESPN
Cubs’ Jason Hammel targeted by the Blue Jays? – Cubbies Crib
Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo making strong All-Star bids – Cubbies Crib