Major League Baseball attendance is down, and it’s not only because of the historically bad weather that’s plagued the first third of the season.

Strikeouts exceeded hits in a full calendar month for the first time in April and are on track to do so again in May. Five teams are on pace to lose 100 or more games in the same season for the first time.

Heading into the weekend, the average attendance of 27,207 was down 6 percent from 28,931 on the Friday before Memorial Day last season. Among the teams experiencing drops was Cleveland, 20,780 in 2017 to 17,630 in 2018.

Kershaw prepares

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return to the rotation on Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“I don’t really have a number [of pitches], but I think he’s fine to go deep [Thursday] depending on how he’s throwing,” manager Dave Roberts said.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been on the disabled list nearly a month with left biceps tendinitis.

Phil Hughes traded

The San Diego Padres acquired pitcher Phil Hughes and $14.5 million from the Minnesota Twins for minor catcher Janigson Villalobos, hoping the former All-Star can find his form in a new spot.

The last-place Padres also got the 74th pick in next month’s draft from Minnesota in the deal.

Hughes was designated for assignment last Monday.