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By making Bogdan Bogdanovic the highest-paid rookie in NBA history with a 3-year, $36 million deal, according to the Sacramento Bee, the Kings have handed the franchise’s future to younger players.
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If Clayton Kershaw had taken his regular turn in the rotation, he would’ve started Wednesday, not Wood. But manager Dave Roberts used an off-day to juggle his rotation, getting an extra start for Kershaw before the All-Star break on Sunday, which, under MLB rules, will make the pitcher NL players voted to be their starter in Tuesday’s All-Star Game ineligible to pitch. Kershaw was more interested in the extra start. “He’s made it very clear his priority is the Dodgers,” Roberts said.
The NL determines a replacement for Kershaw, and the Dodgers appear confident Wood, 26, is the guy. “He’s very deserving,” Roberts said. “Obviously, he’s pitched well enough to join that team.” Said Wood: “It’s something you dream of as a kid. It’s hard to even fathom right now.” But it’s not so hard to fathom, considering the left-hander’s numbers: In addition to being 10-0, he has a 1.67 ERA, good enough to lead the majors, except …
Wood, unbeaten this season, didn’t even begin the year in the Dodgers’ rotation, so he doesn’t have enough innings to qualify for the league lead (a pitcher needs a minimum of one inning pitched per team game to qualify for the ERA title). But his ERA is a full quarter of a run better than NL leader Max Scherzer’s 1.94 ERA. Wood ranks 42nd in the NL in innings pitched but is good enough now to 1) get a win when the Find Cheap Jerseys Online Dodgers got one hit after the second inning and had a grand total of four Wednesday and 2) be an All-Star.