Yu Darvish leaves Dodgers' home debut after visit with trainer


Yu Darvish leaves Dodgers' home debut after visit with trainer

With Tuesday's victory over the White Sox, the Dodgers moved to 84-34, a whopping 50 games over.500 ... on August 15 ... with 44 games to play. Once again, the White Sox were up to the challenge for the first 7 1/2 innings at Dodger Stadium thanks to an early homer from a young player and a solid starting pitching performance.

In the Japanese righty's first two outings for L.A., he went 2-0, struck out 10 batters in each game and allowed eight hits and two earned runs combined. Delmonico's second home run of the game, in the eighth inning, gave Chicago a 4-2 lead.

In the bottom of the first, Forsythe tied the game when he scored on a wild pitch by Rodon.

The honorary member of the Dodgers "Slug Club", Kiké Hernandez, hit his 11 home run of the season when he tied the game off Rodon in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1/3 innings, Steve Pearce homered and scored twice and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2.

Nicky Delmonico hit a solo home run in the fourth inning against Darvish and another in the eighth inning against left-handed reliever Tony Watson. The last time was during the 1953 season when the Dodgers had a team of Hall of Famers. Two of the Dodgers' four division rivals lost tonight. Cody Bellinger will be available off the Dodgers' bench.

The last time a Dodgers team was this many games over.500 was in 1953, when four future Hall of Famers - catcher Roy Campanella, shortstop Pee Wee Reese, left fielder Jackie Robinson and center fielder Duke Snider - were playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. "It's something special, like a World Series (game)". Rich Hill gets the call in the opener on Friday opposite RHP Jordan Zimmerman.

It was the first time in franchise history the White Sox homered in consecutive games on the first pitch.