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22 Clayton Kershaw SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 3/19/1988 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $11,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/92 | Average Draft Position: 1.92
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Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw unable to solve Buster Posey, Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw dueled against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants for the second time in six days. Although he got through seven innings for the first time this season, the left-hander was forced to settle for a tough-luck loss Tuesday night at home against San Francisco.

Kershaw (1-2) was unable to solve Buster Posey, who singled in a run in the first inning and launched a home run off the southpaw in the fourth, which proved to be the difference in a 2-1 defeat. Kershaw yielded two earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Of his 92 pitches, 66 were strikes.

"Not a whole lot of analyzation going on -- bottom line, I just got outpitched. I gave up two, he gave up one," Kershaw said of his outing against Bumgarner, per the Orange County Register.

Kershaw lowered his ERA from 4.07 to 3.73 through five starts. He will make his first start of May on Monday at Milwaukee.


Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw strikes out nine vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on three hits and one walk in six innings while racking up nine strikeouts in his team's 3-2 loss to the Giants.

Kershaw saw two runs come across in the third inning but was in top form for the remainder of the game. He appeared to be headed for a loss before Alex Guerrero evened the game with a seventh-inning home run.

Kershaw owns a 4.07 ERA and 35:7 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings across four starts. He's scheduled to face the Giants again Monday.


Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 12 batters and only walked one during Friday's win over the Rockies.

Kershaw surrendered three runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings of work to earn the win. Kershaw's lone blemish were home runs to Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon. He was able to lower his ERA from 5.84 to 4.42. Kershaw (1-1) has yet to throw more than seven innings in any of his three starts this season.

His next expected start will be Wednesday at San Francisco.


Pitch framing has Dodgers aces, catcher A.J. Ellis talking


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The new emphasis on pitch framing as a possible valuable skill for catchers has spurred debate among players at that position, as well as the pitchers who throw to them.

Among those who have entered into the conversation is Dodgers standout right-hander Zack Greinke, who is known as a sophisticated analysist, but is not convinced that pitch framing is a skill set that can make or break a catcher.

"I believe that some catchers are better at framing pitches," Greinke told the Orange County Register. "But I'm not a believer that it's as valuable as it's being made out to be. It's part of a catcher's skill set. It's not the most important part. Just because he frames good doesn't mean he's a good catcher."

Teammate and stud southpaw Clayton Kershaw takes a similar view.

"You just want strikes called strikes. ... I gues I'm in the middle," he offered. "I don't roll my eyes at it and I don't pay a whole lot of attention to it either."

Their catcher, A.J. Ellis, also didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it at one time. But he does now. Metrics that showed him lacking as a pitch framer, as well as the wave of the future, forced him to change his outlook.

"I was motivated by the realization that that aspect of catching was becoming highly valued by this new wave of analytical front-office types," said Ellis, who spent time in the offseason working on framing pitches. "And I know that deficiency in the long run could affect my future employment."

Ellis added that "every metric out there tells me that I'm very deficient in that area" and that the Dodgers front office personnel advised him of their awareness of it during spring training.

One must wonder what umpires think about the new pitch framing metric. After all, they believe they're calling a strike based on the zone rather than how a catcher frames the pitch.


Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw roughed up in start Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw surrendered six runs, five earned, on 10 hits, including one home run, in 6 1/3 innings Saturday in Los Angeles' 6-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Kershaw started out in a jam in the first inning, allowing a run on three singles. Then in the fourth, Kershaw also allowed two walks and two singles, leading to two more runs. His ERA ballooned to 5.84 after the tough game. 

He will look to get back on track Friday against the Rockies.


Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw scheduled for root canal Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to have a root canal performed Monday, according to the L.A. Times.

Kershaw, who is scheduled to start again on Sunday, is not expected to miss any time or have his pitching schedule adjusted because of the procedure. Kershaw started the year with a no decision last Monday, allowing three runs on six hits with nine strikeouts.


Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw gives up three runs, strikes out nine


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw gave up three earned runs in Monday's Opening day appearance. The Dodgers won the game 6-3 over the Padres.

Kershaw, 27, pitched six innings with nine strikeouts and two walks on six hits. He finished the day with an ERA of 4.50.


Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw tosses three innings in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw gave up one unearned run on just one hit and two walks in three innings while striking out two in his final spring performance in Wednesday's 4-4 tie with the Royals.

Kershaw closes the spring with a 1.61 ERA and 22:7 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings. He'll next take the mound Monday for Opening Day against the Padres.


Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw to have stitches removed before next start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw said Thursday that his jaw still feels sore from the line drive that hit him during Friday's game.

Kershaw had two teeth damaged during the incident. He had one tooth extracted and another one repaired last week, and is expected to have his stitches removed before his next start.

"I can't eat any jaw breakers," Kershaw said, jokingly, per the Orange County Register.

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw had two teeth damaged by line drive


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw had two teeth damaged by the line drive that hit him in the jaw during Friday's game, not one, as he originally told the media. 

On Saturday morning, manager Don Mattingly said that Kershaw had to have one tooth extracted and another one repaired, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.


Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw hit by line drive, stays in game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw had a scare in his spring training start on Friday. 

In the third inning, Kershaw was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Andy Parrino. He was checked by the trainer and stayed in the game. He later told the media he suffered a chipped tooth.

Kershaw is 2-0 in four spring starts. He went five innings on Friday, allowing four hits and one run. Kershaw struck out four of the 18 batters he faced and lowered his spring ERA to 2.03. 


Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw erratic in win against Mariners


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out three batters but had an inconsistent outing in Sunday's 5-2 win over teh Mariners. 

Kershaw went 3 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and one earned run. He also walked three batters. Kershaw faced 16 hitters in the game. His spring ERA is now 2.16. 

"I was all over the place, had no idea where the ball was going," Kershaw said, via MLB.com. "I'm getting worse as the spring is going. I walked three in three innings. I have a lot of things to figure out. I would have liked to get through four innings, but my pitch count was so high I couldn't do it."


Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw pitches two perfect innings Thursday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's first spring training game had him retire all six batters he faced in two innings. 

In Thursday's 6-1 win over the White Sox, Kershaw recorded three strikeouts. 

"It felt good. The first one is just good to get out there and make sure you feel good physically," Kershaw said, via the Associated Press. "The results are obviously something that you look for, but maybe not the most important thing.


Dodgers ace Kershaw penciled in to start fifth straight opening day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) In a move that is of little surprise, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Monday he is planning to start ace Clayton Kershaw on opening day (April 6) against the Padres.

Kershaw is on track to start his fifth straight opening day, which would mean Don Sutton would be the only other pitcher in franchise history with more consecutive opening day starts. Sutton started seven straight times from 1972-78.


Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw to make spring training debut Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will make his spring training debut Thursday against the White Sox, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.

Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 2014 with 239 strikeouts in 198 1/3 innings pitched, leading the National League MVP and Cy Young awards.


Clayton Kershaw takes loss, Dodgers eliminated from playoffs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was hung with a series-ending loss Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and two walks in six-plus innings while striking out nine in his team's 3-2 Game 4 defeat against the Cardinals, sending the Dodgers home with a 3-1 loss in the NLDS.

Kershaw (0-2) pitched six excellent innings and brought a 2-0 lead into the seventh. However, the Cardinals collected two quick singles before Matt Adams launched the Los Angeles starter's 102nd pitch over the right-field fence. It was a bittersweet end to a Cy Young-caliber season for Kershaw.


Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke to start final two games of NLDS for Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Dodgers have announced their starters for the final two games of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The team will roll with Clayton Kershaw on short rest for Game 4 on Thursday. He has a 0.96 ERA in three career postseason starts on 3-4 days rest. Zack Greinke, who was penciled in for Game 4, will instead start Game 5, if needed.


Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw knocked around Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had an uncharacteristic night Friday against the Cardinals.

Kershaw allowed eight runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 10 and did not issue any walks. Kershaw allowed one run early, giving up a solo home run in the first inning. He settled in over the next four innings before giving up another run in the sixth. Things then fell apart in the seventh.

Kershaw loaded the bases on three singles to open the frame. After a single brought a run home, Kershaw allowed a bases-clearing double to Matt Carpenter. Kershaw would leave the game at that point. One more run woud be charged to Kershaw after he left the game. Kershaw was saddled with the loss following the outing. 


Clayton Kershaw strikes out 11 in win No. 21


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw ended the regular season on a high note Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on eight hits in eight innings while striking out 11 to pick up win No. 21 in his team's 9-1 victory over the Giants.

Kershaw (21-3) closes the season with wins in seven straight games, throwing eight innings a remarkable six times during that stretch. He even got things done at the plate Wednesday, smacking an RBI triple -- his first career three-bagger -- to get back the run he surrendered and tie the game 1-1. The Dodgers tacked on eight more unanswered runs later in the game to clinch the NL West title. The overwhelming Cy Young favorite, Kershaw ends the regular season with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 239:31 K:BB ratio in 198 1/3 innings.


Clayton Kershaw becomes league's first 20-game winner


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw became the league's first 20-game winner Friday afternoon in Chicago against the Cubs.

Kershaw (20-3) bounced back from a rough opening frame and received more than enough run support to get the job done. He permitted a run-scoring double to Anthony Rizzo, a run-scoring triple to Jorge Soler and a sacrifice fly in the first for his only damage of the afternoon. He permitted three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out nine over five innings of a 14-5 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 29 innings, Kershaw has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 1.80 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 26 starts (190 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against San Francisco.

Clayton Kershaw nails down 19th win Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Dodgers stud lefty Clayton Kershaw placed himself on the doorstep of his second 20-win season Sunday with another fine performance, this time in San Francisco.

Kershaw raised his record to a ridiculous 19-3 and lowered his ERA to an eye-popping 1.70 by surrendering just two runs on seven hits in eight innings to the Giants. He walked one and struck out nine. He was hurt only by RBI singles off the bats of sizzling Buster Posey and Matt Duffy.

The ace of the league will shoot for his 20th win Friday against the Cubs.


Clayton Kershaw gives Dodgers another dominant eight-inning performance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw put together another vintage performance, striking out eight over eight dominant innings to improve to 18-3 on the year. He allowed three runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks in a 9-4 victory. Of his 89 pitches, 64 were strikes.

Over his last three starts covering 24 innings, Kershaw has allowed only two earned runs. He has a 1.67 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP over 24 starts (177 1/3 innings). He'll make his next start Sunday at San Francisco.


Clayton Kershaw strikes out eight in win vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw earned another win Tuesday, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out eight in his team's 4-1 victory over the Nationals.

Kershaw (17-3) has pitched at least eight innings in each of his last five starts, and he's held the opposition to three runs or less in 22 of his 23 starts this season. Kershaw owns a 1.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 202:25 K:BB ratio in 169 1/3 innings. He's now on pace to finish the season ahead of Sandy Koufax's 1.73 ERA from 1966. Kershaw's scheduled to face the Padres Tuesday.


Clayton Kershaw strikes out 10 in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw earned a win Wednesday, giving up just an unearned run on six hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out 10 in his team's 3-1 victory over Diamondbacks.

Kershaw (16-3) became the majors' first 16-game winner with his latest gem, delivering his third straight double-digit-strikeout performance while lasting eight innings for the fourth straight start. He's easily the league's ERA leader with a 1.73 mark, and he also owns a 194:23 K:BB ratio in 161 1/3 innings. Kershaw will face the Nationals Tuesday.


Clayton Kershaw goes eight strong for win No. 15


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had a no-hitter going against the Padres until the sixth inning. The ace surrendered his first hit to opposing starter Tyson Ross.

Kershaw went eight innings strong for the win at home on Thursday, improving to 15-3 on the year. The southpaw permitted one run on three hits and two walks while striking out 10 in a 2-1 victory. Of his 103 pitches, 69 were strikes. He improved to 15-3 on the year, matching Johnny Cueto, Wily Peralta and Adam Wainwright for the major-league lead in victories. 

Over his last three starts covering 25 innings, Kershaw has allowed five earned runs. He has gone eight-plus innings in seven of his last nine starts. He owns a 1.82 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over 21 starts (153 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at Arizona.