166 runs were scored across Major League Baseball on Tuesday night, an average of 5.5 runs per team. We noted on Monday that offense, mostly because of home runs, is up again this season, but teams are still averaging under 4.5 runs per game, so Tuesday’s offense was quite the outlier. The Athletics and Giants were the big contributors, combining for 24 runs in a 13-11 victory for the visiting A’s. Unsurprisingly, a game at Coors Field also featured high octane offenses with the Blue Jays pulling out a 14-9 win over the Rockies. The first place Orioles’ offense remained red hot, beating the Padres 11-7 for their sixth consecutive win and their seventh consecutive game scoring five or more runs.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is returning to Los Angeles this week for tests on his sore back. Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that he was still hopeful that Kershaw could make his next scheduled start Friday night at Dodger Stadium against Colorado. The three-time NL Cy Young winner is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA this season. He lost his last start on Sunday in Pittsburgh, giving up four runs and nine hits in six innings. Roberts said Kershaw has been bothered off and on by a problem in his lower back. "He's not any better, so what we're going to do, we decided to fly him back," Roberts said. "Try to get him on a flight tonight or tomorrow first thing in the morning. He's not pitching here in Milwaukee,