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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%: 98/94 | Average Draft Position: 1.92
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NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw takes no-decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed one run over seven innings but took a no-decision after leaving with the score tied. 

Kershaw will go a month without a win. He last won on June 6. Since then he's lost three and taken two no decisions, while lowering his ERA. He has a 2.41 ERA over the five winless outings. 

Kershaw gave up five hits and struck out seven, his fewest since June 1. 


Poor defense, hitting victimizes Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) The last time Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw lost three consecutive starts was ... never.

That is, until Saturday. The super southpaw performed well again, but has received just seven runs of support over that stretch. And he got no support in his latest outing from a defense that committed two errors that led to two unearned runs.

Kershaw allowed only one earned run on seven hits in seven innings with no walks and nine strikeouts. The three runs scored on the two errors and a wild pitch. He settled down thereafter and pitched shutout ball over the last five innings, but his record still stands at an uncharacteristic 5-6.

"You really can't ask Clayton to pitch a whole lot better," Don Mattingly told MLB.com. "...We just weren't able to put any runs on the board tonight to overcome our couple mistakes."

Kershaw did lower his ERA to a season-best 3.20.


Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw allows 3 runs in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw gave up three earned runs in Monday night's 4-2 loss to the Cubs. 

Kershaw, the 2014 National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, continued his fairly average season by giving up four hits — two of which went for home runs — and two walks. However, he did strike out nine batters.

“I don’t know. I don’t really care about giving up homers,” Kershaw said, via the Orange County Register. “Other than them being runs, it’s just a bad pitch, a mistake. As long as they’re solo shots, I always say, it doesn’t matter. Right now, it feels like that’s the only way I’ve been giving up runs the past two starts.

“If you make a bad pitch you make a bad pitch. Hopefully, they just stay in the ballpark.”

Kershaw is now 5-5 and has a 3.33 ERA this season. 

His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Marlins. 


Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw strikes out 10 in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs — three earned — in Wednesday night's 5-3 loss to the Rangers. 

Kershaw had previously given up a total of three earned runs over his past three games. Against Texas, Kershaw gave up five hits. He did strike out 10 batters, which is the sixth time he's done that this season. 

Kershaw went six innings before being pulled. Kershaw now has a 5-4 record and possesses a 3.29 ERA. 

His next start is projected for June 22 against the Cubs. 


Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw Ks 11 in no-decision on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was his usually dominant self on Friday against the Padres, but he was forced to settle for a no-decision in the 4-3 victory. Kershaw went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out 11, lowering his ERA to 3.21.

The only run Kershaw gave up came in his final inning, a solo home run by Clint Barmes to cut the Dodgers' lead to 2-1. Unfortunately for Kershaw, the Dodgers bullpen gave the lead up, but the Dodgers were able to get it back and record the 4-3 win.

The reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner has now given up just three earned runs over his last four starts following Friday's performance. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Wednesday at home against the Rangers.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter: Kershaw didn't hit me on purpose


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) When you've been plunked by a Clayton Kershaw fastball, you've been seriously plunked. But Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter doesn't believe the Dodgers left-hander hit him on purpose Saturday.

That theory was considered by some because Carpenter has played a role in beating Kershaw in a couple playoff games, but he dismissed it.

"I was thinking about that yesterday," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But I don't think he's the kind of guy who would hit me on purpose. He'd already come inside once during the at-bat. Then he threw a slider and curveball away. ... So, no. It was just one of those deals."

Carpenter, who was back in the lineup Sunday, said that the swelling on his right triceps had been reduced considerably. He added that he was still stiff, but felt "way better."


Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw tosses scoreless eight innings in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) Clayton Kershaw did what Clayton Kershaw does on Saturday night. He tossed eight scoreless innings for the Dodgers in their 2-0 win against the Cardinals.

"I think I just executed some fastballs away that were pretty well located," Kershaw said, per MLB.com. "And maybe that was the best slider/curveball combination I've had in a while."

Kershaw came out of the game after throwing 106 pitches, striking out 11 batters and allowing just one hit.

"It's the evolution of Clayton -- finding new ways to put guys away," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "He has confidence in using both sides of the plate. You've got to game-plan, but it comes down to executing. This was probably his best execution of the season."

Kershaw (5-3) now has a 3.36 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings this season.


Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw earns fourth win of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work during Monday's 11-4 win over the Rockies. He also collected three hits during the contest.

Kershaw (4-3) struck out seven and walked one during the outing. He lowered his ERA to 3.73 and has now pitched at least seven innings in his last three starts. He said after the game that he doesn't let the Coors Field's reputation as a hitter's park affect him, per MLB.com.

"If your stuff is good, it'll be good here," said Kershaw, who's now 8-3 overall at Coors Field. "The margin for error is a lot less."

Kershaw has earned a quality start in three of his last four starts and he has won those three starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Saturday against the Cardinals.


Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw fans 10 in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tossed seven scoreless innings Tuesday to earn his third win of the season during an 8-0 win over the Braves.

Kershaw (3-3) struck out 10 batters and walked none. It was his third time reaching double digit strike outs in a game as well not surrendering a walk this season. He has struck out 27 combined batters in his last three starts. His ERA now stands at 3.86.

His next expected start is scheduled for Monday at Colorado.


Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw allows four runs in Thursday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw surrendered four runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings during Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Giants.

During the outing, Kershaw struck out seven batters and walked two. The first run he gave up was a solo home run to pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the third inning. Kershaw surrendered another run in the fourth inning and he was pulled in the eighth after surrendering two more runs.

Kershaw received his third loss of the season for his effort. He has now given up at least three runs in four-consecutive starts. His next scheduled start is set for Tuesday against the Braves.


Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw fans 10 en route to win No. 100


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 batters and picked up his 100th career victory during's Friday's 6-4 win over the Rockies.

"I don't know if it means a whole lot, but it's something to celebrate I guess," Kershaw said of the feat, per MLB.com. "Hopefully just getting started. I guess it's kind of cool."

Kershaw allowed three runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings of work during the start. Kershaw walked three batters and earned his second win of the season for his effort. It was his first win since his third start of the season April 17.

His next expected start is set for Thursday at San Francisco.


Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw allows five runs, four walks in no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed five runs on eight hits and walked four batters in 5 2/3 innings of work for a no-decision Sunday against the Rockies. 

The Dodgers led 2-0 before the Rockies scored five times in the fourth inning off Kershaw, producing the biggest inning against the lefty since May 2014. 

"Definitely not up to par for what I expect and this team expects," Kershaw said. "Fortunately [Zack] Greinke's pitching great and Brett [Anderson] has pitched good his last two times out, [Carlos] Frias has pitched really well. Need to start getting on pace with those guys."

It was the fourth unsuccessful attempt for Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and CY Young winner, to win his 100th regular-season game. 

Kershaw recorded the 1,500th strikeout of his career in the game.

Kershaw will try for No. 100 again on Friday against the Rockies.


Dodgers-Rockies game postponed for Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) The Dodgers and Rockies game Saturday in Colorado has been postponed with no make up date set, the teams announced.

With poor weather conditions in the area throughout the weekend, the two teams were only able to complete six innings of Friday's game, which became an official final. Los Angeles' scheduled starter Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's game and Colorado's starter Jorge De La Rosa will also throw on Sunday.


Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw denied win No. 100 in ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings of work in Los Angeles' 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Monday.

Kershaw, looking for his 100th career win, was in cruise control through the first five innings, striking out the first four batters he faced. Then in the sixth, Kershaw surrendered back-to-back triples to Hector Gomez and Gerardo Parra, leading to a run. Then in the eighth, Kershaw gave up a solo home run to Gomez before giving up back-to-back double for another run and getting the hook.

Kershaw, who remains 1-2, moved his ERA to 3.72 in 38 2/3 innings of work. He will look for win No. 100 again on Saturday against the Rockies.


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.