Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has told Mike Matheny that Clayton Kershaw can throw two innings at the All-Star game.
Kershaw is fresh off a 41 2/3 scoreless inning streak that was snapped by a Chase Headley solo homer Thursday night. He'll be on regular rest for the All-Star game which Mattingly likely sees as a tune-up before the second half. Kershaw is neck-and-neck with Adam Wainwright at the half for Cy-Young honors. ANALYST:
Victor Oladipo will come off the bench Friday.
After struggling over a number of games, Oladipo was moved to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Knicks. He responded with 24 points and four rebounds over 26 minutes, so coach Scott Skiles is going to use him in the same fashion to see if it works for him again. Should he continue to perform as well, he should see closer to his usual 30 minutes that he was playing earlier in the year. Analysis: Howard Bender
Brett Lawrie is "likely to be traded" by the A's according to reports.
Oakland's trade for Jed Lowrie means the A's don't have room for both Lawrie and Danny Valencia, and Lawrie stands a better chance of getting traded. Lawrie finally stayed healthy last season, batting .260/.299/.407 in 149 games. Moving to a different ballpark and a better lineup should help Lawrie's fantasy production, but at this point he is nothing more than a solid middle infielder. Analysis: Steve Pimental