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  • 12 Apr
    DENVER -- For one night, the conversation wasnt all about rookie sensation Yasiel Puig. Granted, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder did have another stellar game, which is pretty much the standard these days. But Clayton Kershaw accomplished what few have been able to do lately -- he stole some of Puigs spotlight. Kershaw tossed a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season as the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-0 on Tuesday. "He had everything working," manager Don Mattingly said of his ace. Kershaw (7-5) kept the Rockies off balance all night, even top hitter Michael Cuddyer, who had his franchise-record 27-game hitting streak halted after going hitless in four plate appearances. Cuddyer flied out to Puig in right to end the game. "If it was going to end, might as well end against the best pitcher in the league," Cuddyer said. "He pitched really well. He was tough tonight." So tough that he allowed just one runner to get to second all evening. The hard-throwing Kershaw had eight strikeouts and walked none. "I had pretty good fastball command tonight," he nonchalantly said. Asked about the offence and his face lit up as he pedaled on the exercise bike after the game. "Its awesome," Kershaw said. "Its a tough lineup right now to get through. Puigs on another planet. You keep thinking he cant keep this up, not just singles, hes been hitting the ball really hard everywhere. Ive been really, really impressed." Its hard not to be. The 22-year-old Puig had three more hits, including a solo homer, to raise his average to .443 this season. "Whatever league that Im in Im going to do the best I can," he said through a translator. "Im going to play wherever they ask me to play." Roy Oswalt (0-3) was roughed up in his first start at Coors Field this season. He allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. Part of that, he explained, had to do with simply being too fine. "Trying to throw that nine-inning shutout with 70 pitches, instead of being aggressive like Ive always been," Oswalt said. Adrian Gonzalez broke open the game with a two-run homer in the third and Juan Uribe added a pair of RBI singles. Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the second. Kershaw found himself in a rather unfamiliar position -- with a big early lead. He entered the game with the second-lowest run support of any NL starter. But the Dodgers gave Kershaw an early four-run cushion, more than enough for him. It was Kershaws third complete game of the season and second shutout. He held the San Francisco Giants without a run in his first start of the season on April 1. Kershaw might have had the play of the game against the Rockies -- or at least the most comical -- when he lost his glove trying to field a bunt. No matter, he picked it up barehanded and threw out Josh Rutledge. "He had his A game, no question," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It was going to be tough to score off of him. He was at the top of his game and when he is, you have to scratch and claw for everything." The fans showed up early to watch Puig send one monster shot after another into the stands during batting practice. Puig was even more impressive once the game began. These days, its hard not to take notice of Puig. His 44 hits in June were a Dodgers rookie record for a month. He carried it over into July with a single in the first and a double off the right-field scoreboard in the third. After taking a called third strike, Puig sent a pitch from reliever Adam Ottavino over the fence in the deepest part of the park for his eighth homer this season. Puig wasnt done there. He also made a running catch in foul territory, veering right for the seats before suddenly turning to avoid a collision. He then trotted into the dugout as if it were just another routine play. "Exciting player. Big guy with a lot of athleticism," Weiss said before the game. "Brought a lot of excitement to that club." The same can be said of Cuddyer, who failed to get a hit for the first time since May 27. His streak was the longest in the majors this season. Cuddyer didnt reach base, either, bringing his streak of 46 straight games with a hit, walk or being plunked by a pitch to an end. "Im proud of (the streak)," Cuddyer said. "Its a long time, longer than Ive ever gone." His first order of business now that its over? "Definitely going to get a haircut," said Cuddyer, who also grew a scruffy beard. Cuddyer couldnt even begin to fathom hitting in 56 straight like Joe DiMaggio. "Thats ridiculous," he said. "Its one of those records, for me, thats unattainable. "You just enjoy the ride as long as you can." NOTES: The Dodgers acquired former All-Star reliever Carlos Marmol from the Chicago Cubs for RHP Matt Guerrier. ... Colorado placed OF Dexter Fowler (bruised right hand) on the 15-day disabled list. The move is retroactive to June 26. ... 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Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys . Team physician Dr. Steve Traina performed the surgery Friday. Robinson was injured in a spill underneath the Nuggets basket during the first quarter of Wednesday nights loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Zach LeDay scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Seth Allen added 15 points and Virginia Tech beat the Virginia Military Institute 88-72 on Saturday night.We were much more purposeful with our dribbles and passes in the second half in the pace we want to play, said Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams.Virginia Tech (3-0) took the lead for good with 6:44 left in the first half on Khadim Sys layup. The Hokies led 44-34 at the break on the strength of 57 percent shooting and a 19-12 rebounding edge.I think we played real good pushing the ball, said LeDay, but we have to be better on the defensive end. We want to be playing in March.Tech led by 20 points on several occasions in the second half but VMI kept chipping away.QJ Peterson scored 29 points (23 in the second half) with three 3-pointers and eight rebounds for the Keydets (1-1).Hes a really good player and whats nice is that hes our hardest worker as well, said VMI head coach Dan Earl. His decision making . was really good.Were recognizing when someone has the hot hand and were trying to get them the ball, Peterson said of his big night in a losing effort. They trusted me more in the second half. They wanted me to keep on attacking and make the plays.Adrian Rich and Trey Chapman added 10 points apiece for VMI.Virginia Tech finished shooting 60 percent from the floor (33 of 55) and hit 7 of 17 3-pointers. VMI shot 44 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 34-28.Justin Bibbs and Chris Clarke each added 13 points for Tech.Allen said he is not looking ahead to the ACCC portion of the schedule.ddddddddddddWe have to think about how to get better now, hopefully it will get to that level, he said. I feel pretty good -- off the court (and) on the court we love each other.Three games into the season Williams said he likes his team a lot.I think theyre playing for each other, he said.TAKEAWAYSVirginia Tech: Tech is now 91-43 all-time against the VMI Keydets in a rivalry that dates back to the 1908-09 season. The Hokies have won the last six games in the series. Tech doesnt begin the ACC portion of its schedule until a New Years Eve noon home game against Duke.VMI: The Keydets havent beaten Virginia Tech since Dec. 4, 2004.STAT OF THE NIGHTThe Hokies shot 51.7 percent from the free throw line -- 41 percent in the second half. We could easily have scored 100 if we made our typical free throw percentage, said Williams. Hopefully its an aberration; I dont think Seth Allen (1 of 5) is a 20-percent free throw shooter.UP NEXTVirginia Tech hits the road for their next game against New Mexico on Thanksgiving Day in Fullerton, California, competing in the Wooden Legacy tourney. ESPN will carry the 4:30pm contest. Williams noted the 10-day, 2 time zone trip: I dont know that Virginia Tech has ever done that.VMI is on the road Tuesday night against Presbyterian College. Well find out a lot about ourselves in these next four games, said Earl of a stretch that also includes Campbell and Radford. ' ' '