Clayton Kershaw improved to 17-3 after allowing one run on three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over eight innings of work in a win against the Nationals on Tuesday night.
Par for the course. It's looking like Kershaw might be the first pitcher in major league history to lead the MLB in ERA four consecutive seasons in a row. He's Giancarlo Stanton's lone challenger for the NL-MVP crown. ANALYST:
Ryan Ludwick has been told he will not make the Rangers.
Ludwick is considering his options at the moment, which include going down to Triple-A until the big league club needs his services, or requesting a release and looking for another team that can offer him a spot on the 25-man roster. No matter what happens, though, he is not going to be fantasy relevant. Ludwick's calling card is power, but he last hit over 20 home runs in 2012 with 26 (and before that was in 2009), and the now-36 year old is only losing power potential at this point. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Brady Aiken announced Thursday that he had Tommy John surgery.
This is unfortunate for Aiken as he now probably wishes that he signed with the Astros last summer after being the number one pick in last year's draft. Instead, he suffered an arm injury last week and will now be on the shelf for the next year. He still has a high ceiling, but his overall value is definitely diminished at this point. Analysis: David Kerr