Clayton Kershaw hears the Cy Young Award talk swirling around him, although he won't indulge it. With his 20th victory and major league-leading 2.27 ERA, the low-key Los Angeles Dodgers ace is letting his numbers do the talking.
"He's leading in a lot of categories and putting up a 20-win season is huge, especially with the team they've got," said Giants ace and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum. "He's done a magnificent job this year."
Kershaw (20-5) is vying to win the so-called Triple Crown of pitching. He's tied with Arizona's Ian Kennedy for the NL lead in wins, his ERA is tops in baseball and his 242 strikeouts lead the league. The last Dodgers pitcher to claim the Triple Crown was Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax from 1963-65, when he won the Cy Young in each of those seasons.
"If this boy doesn't win the Cy Young, something is definitely wrong," Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp said.
Rookie star breaks finger
Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie broke his right middle finger and will miss the rest of the season. The 21-year-old rookie was injured while fielding groundballs during batting practice before Toronto played the Angels on Wednesday night. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The promising prospect got off to a solid start after being called up for his major-league debut on Aug. 5. He was hitting .293 with nine homers and 25 RBI in 43 games.
Bedard served by Yankees fan
Erik Bedard says legal papers given him by a process server wearing a Yankees shirt before a poor outing weren't a distraction. The Boston left-hander allowed four runs in 22⁄3 innings in Baltimore's 7-5 win on Tuesday night. Bedard pitched after being served with papers seeking increased child support. "If you play a sport you have to put all that stuff aside," Bedard said. The papers were served by Tom Cabral, a fan of the Yankees, according to the New York Post.
■ The Athletics announced Wednesday they had reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep Bob Melvin as their permanent manager. The 49-year-old Melvin took over in an interim capacity for the fired Bob Geren in June and had a 42-49 record entering Wednesday night's game against the Rangers.
■ Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is one hit shy of 200 this season. Castro, 21, is bidding to become just the fifth major-league player since 1940 to collect at least 200 hits while being 21 years old or younger. The list is impressive: Alex Rodriguez (1995), Garry Templeton (1977), Vada Pinson (1959) and Al Kaline (1955).
■ Omar Vizquel wants to return for a 24th season in the major leagues. The 44-year-old shortstop said Wednesday that he still loves the game, believes he can continue to perform at a good level and intends to play for some team. In 58 games as a utility infielder for the White Sox, the three-time All-Star and 11-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .251.