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Kershaw struck out his 2500 batter, and the Diamondbacks lost

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

(CBS Sports) How Zac Gallen, a silver lining in Diamondbacks’ lost season, turned into a Cy Young contender

The Arizona Diamondbacks were expected to contend this season. After all, they went 85-77 last year — which meant they would have made the playoffs under the 2020 format — and added Madison Bumgarner and Starling Marte in the offseason. Instead, they head into Thursday at 14-23 and in last place in the NL West. It’s been a disaster.

There is one silver lining, though: They’ve got a staff ace in young Zac Gallen.

(LA Daily News) Clayton Kershaw dazzles as he passes milestone in Dodgers’ victory against Diamondbacks

Kershaw got Nick Ahmed to swing and miss at a curveball in the second inning for the 2,500th strikeout of his career. At 32 years and 168 days old, Kershaw became the third-youngest pitcher to reach the milestone.

(Bleacher Report) Way-Too-Early Team-by-Team MLB Free-Agency Predictions Post-2020 Trade Deadline

The Snakes can reset the calculus this winter, but considering their disastrous 2020, it seems unlikely they’ll be big buyers this winter.

(New York Post) Alex Rodriguez fuming over ‘fixed’ sale of Mets to Steve Cohen, sources say

The former Yankees third baseman is now convinced that the Mets spoon-fed his bid information to Cohen so the billionaire financier and art collector could have the highest offer and win the team. “They took the bids and showed them to Cohen,” a source familiar with A-Rod’s thinking claimed.

(CBS Sports) Brewers’ Josh Hader sets MLB record with 12th straight hitless appearance to begin season

Wednesday night at Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader made history in his team’s win over the Detroit Tigers (MIL 8, DET 5). Hader struck out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning and again did not allow a hit. It was his 12th consecutive hitless outing, a new record to begin a season.