Kenley Jansen and Corey Seager saw opposite ends of the spectrum in their All-Star debuts on Tuesday, in the National League's 4-2 loss to the American League at Petco Park in San Diego.
Jansen entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and struck out the only batter he faced, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, on three pitches to end the inning.
Terry Collins told me yesterday that Dodgers had asked him to try and limit Kenley Jansen's use to 1 batter.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 13, 2016
Jansen became the second Dodgers pitcher to strike out every batter they faced in a single All-Star Game, joining Jerry Reuss, who earned the win after striking out all three batters he faced in the 1980 game at Dodger Stadium.
Seager entered the game on defense at shortstop in the bottom of the fourth inning, and played four innings on defense.
In the field, Seager caught an easy popup off the bat of Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor to end the fifth inning, then bobbled a ground ball by Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo in the seventh for an error, the Dodgers' first error in the All-Star Game since Hong-Chih Kuo in Anaheim in 2010.
Seager led off the seventh inning and struck out swinging in five pitches against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances. Seager was in the on-deck circle during a National League rally in the eighth inning, down two runs, but was instead pulled back in favor of Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who batted with the bases loaded and struck out to end the threat.
Since Andre Ethier singled in the fifth inning in the 2011 All-Star Game, Dodgers batters in the midsummer classic are 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts.
All three Dodgers were booed loudly by Padres fans in San Diego during introductions.
But it wasn't just at the stadium where the players felt the love, or lack thereof.
Corey Seager can't remember the last time he was booed this much. He said fans were chanting "Beat LA" at him on the parade to the park.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) July 13, 2016
As for Clayton Kershaw, he was a pregame guest on 'MLB Tonight' on MLB Network with Brian Kenny, Pedro Martinez and Harold Reynolds. Kershaw, among other things, briefly discussed his mild disc herniation in his back.
"I should be back soon," Kershaw told Kenny. "I feel a lot better."
Kershaw also spoke with reporters earlier Tuesday but wasn't willing to divulge his potential return date. We know Kershaw won't be a part of the Dodgers' starting rotation in the first five games after the All-Star break, per manager Dave Roberts on Sunday.
Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:
Clayton Kershaw has a target in mind for when he expects to pitch again for the Dodgers. But he’s keeping it to himself.
"I do," he said. "It just doesn’t make sense to share it. If I beat it, ‘Oh, you’re rushing back.’ And if I don’t, then it’s ‘Why not?’"
"I think the epidural did what it was supposed to do," he offered.