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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Clayton Kershaw dazzled again in Thursday's victory over the Braves, racking up nine strikeouts and allowing only one run in a 2-1 complete-game victory.
Kershaw walked none and allowed nine hits in his 10th straight victory -- his first regular season win over the Braves, the only NL team he'd never vanquished in the regular season -- and the Dodgers' sixth consecutive win. He's allowed only nine runs in 86 innings over his last 11 starts. Having improved to 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA, Kershaw hosts the crosstown Angels on Tuesday. Aug 1 - 12:51 AM

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Clayton Kershaw tossed a two-hitter Saturday as the Dodgers beat the Giants 5-0.

Kershaw didn't threaten another no-hitter in this one -- Gregor Blanco delivered a clean single to center with one out in the first -- but he did notch his ninth career shutout. He faced just three batters over the minimum for his ninth straight win. It was a little bit of an off night for him for strikeouts, but he did finish with seven, reaching that mark for the 12th straight outing. The last pitcher with as many seven-strikeout games in a row was Tim Lincecum in 2009.
Jul 27 - 12:51 AM

Clayton Kershaw racked up eight strikeouts on Sunday, but was left with a no-decision after surrendering three runs on six hits and a walk over his seven frames.

The big blow against him in the ballgame came in the sixth inning, where Peter Bourjos tied the game with a two-run homer to left-center. Still 11-2 on the season, the dominant southpaw will carry a 1.92 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 134/14 K/BB ratio into Saturday’s matchup against the Giants in San Francisco.
Jul 20 - 11:55 PM

Clayton Kershaw rolled into the All-Star break with another dominant performance in Thursday's complete game victory over the Padres, racking up 11 strikeouts and allowing only one run.

Kershaw's only mistake came in the form of Chase Headley's sixth inning solo homer, one of three San Diego hits; they also drew one walk. But it wasn't all good news: Kershaw's scoreless innings streak ended at 41 2/3 when Headley's drive left the yard, the first run the left-hander had allowed since June 13 against Arizona. It was the longest single-season scoreless streak since Brandon Webb hurled 42 straight in 2007. Orel Hershiser has the most in the major league divisional era with 59. Kershaw is on his way to another Cy Young award with a 10-2 record and 1.83 ERA in 14 outings.
Jul 11 - 12:56 AM

Clayton Kershaw's dominance continued Friday night against the Rockies, as he tossed eight scoreless innings in a 9-0 victory.

Ho-hum. Another night, another gem. Kershaw held the Rockies to just two hits and one walk while notching eight strikeouts. While Don Mattingly could have sent him out there to finish off the shutout, there was no need to push it with such a big lead. Kershaw has now tossed 36 consecutive scoreless innings and owns a ridiculous 1.85 ERA and 0.87 WHIP on the year. He'll look to keep the streak going in a favorable matchup against the Padres next week.
Jul 5 - 12:18 AM

Clayton Kershaw delivered another dazzling performance in Sunday's victory over the Cardinals, racking up 13 strikeouts over seven shutout innings.

He allowed just five hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. That's now 24 shutout innings over his last three starts for the All-Star left-hander. He owns a spectacular 2.04 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 107/11 K/BB ratio over 79 1/3 innings on the season and remains the top overall hurler in the game today. He'll look to continue his dominance when he takes on the Rockies at Coors Field on Friday.
Jun 29 - 8:00 PM

On the heels of throwing his first no-hitter, Clayton Kershaw tossed eight shutout innings in a 2-0 defeat of the Royals on Tuesday.

The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett noted before the game that the past five pitchers to throw no-hitters were 0-4 with a 7.17 ERA in their next start after the no-no, but the rules don't apply to Kershaw. The left-hander struck out eight while only walking one, making it four straight starts allowing one run or fewer. Kershaw now owns an 8-2 record, 2.24 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 94/.9 K/BB ratio over his 72 1/3 innings this season. The Cardinals are Kershaw's next victims, and they'll hook up on Sunday.
Jun 24 - 11:29 PM

Clayton Kershaw threw the 22nd no-hitter in Dodgers' history, striking out a career-high 15, in an 8-0 win against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Kershaw lost his bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning when Hanley Ramirez -- perhaps still nursing a bum hand -- threw away a grounder from Corey Dickerson. Kershaw needed only 107 pitches to finish the game despite reaching strike three on 15 of 27 batters. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is on quite a run, having gone 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA and a 43/5 K/BB ratio over his last five starts prior to tonight. He's now won four straight starts, which matches his career high. After firing the first no-hitter at Dodger Stadium since Ramon Martinez did it to the Marlins in 1995, Kershaw won't have to tote a bat to his encore in Kansas City on Tuesday evening.
Jun 19 - 1:26 AM

Clayton Kershaw limited the Diamondbacks to one run in seven innings and struck out seven in a win Friday.

Kershaw had one of the worst outings of his career against the Diamondbacks a month ago, but he's 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA and a 43/5 K/BB ratio in five starts since. He's back looking like the NL's best pitcher.
Jun 14 - 1:55 AM

Clayton Kershaw struck out nine over five innings of one-run ball in a rain-shortened start against the Rockies on Sunday.

The game was called after 5 1/2 innings, giving Kershaw his fifth win of the year. It's a shame that the game ended when it did, as the lefty was really dealing before the skies opened up. He gave up just three hits, including a solo home run to Troy Tulowitzki, and didn't walk a batter in the outing. The Diamondbacks are Kershaw's next victims, and they'll meet on Friday.
Jun 8 - 10:48 PM

Clayton Kershaw struck out nine batters over eight innings of two-run ball Monday in a 5-2 win over the White Sox.

The southpaw only made one mistake, but Jose Abreu's two-run fourth inning homer might have cost him the win if Chicago's defense didn't implode in a two-error, five-run sixth. Kershaw helped to make up the deficit in the sixth when he singled and came around to score. The Dodgers' ace hasn't been a fantasy force thus far, missing a month-plus of action and posting a 4-2 record and 3.32 ERA that is nearly a run above his career average. Most of that ERA inflation is due to a nightmare outing versus the Diamondbacks last month, and his 55/7 K/BB rate and 1.08 WHIP over 43 1/3 innings show that he's been better than his surface numbers suggest. Kershaw hits the road for a date in Colorado this weekend.
Jun 3 - 12:59 AM

Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs over seven innings, striking out nine in a a 3-2 loss against the Reds on Wednesday.

He would have been okay if not for Brandon Phillips' two-run homer in the first. That put Kershaw in a 2-0 hole his squad never managed to dig out from under. Kershaw entered this evening with a 2.78 ERA over eight career starts against the Reds, though he'd gone just 2-1 against the club while receiving 2.8 runs of support per game. Tonight was more of the same. The left-hander welcomes the White Sox to a National League venue on Monday.
May 29 - 1:26 AM

Clayton Kershaw struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings Friday in a 2-0 win over the Phillies.

That's more like it. After getting blasted for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings by the Diamondbacks in his last start, Kershaw was back to his normal dominant self on Friday. The southpaw held the Phillies to just two hits and three walks and induced 17 swinging strikes. He improved to 3-1 on the year and now has a 3.49 ERA and 37/6 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings over five starts. The Dodgers' ace will get the Reds next Wednesday at home.
May 23 - 11:25 PM

Clayton Kershaw is okay after taking a ball off his right shin during batting practice Wednesday.

Fortunate. Kershaw is slated to face the Phillies on Thursday.
May 21 - 6:33 PM

Clayton Kershaw had the second shortest of his career Saturday, giving up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings versus the Diamondbacks.

Kershaw's only shorter start came when he allowed seven runs to the Brewers in 1 1/3 innings on May 4, 2010. He had allowed more than seven runs twice, including once last year against the Cardinals (eight runs in 5 2/3 innings). Still, this one probably qualifies as the worst performance of his career, and that it comes so soon after he returned from the DL will make some nervous. We're not especially concerned, though. Expect much better next time out.
May 18 - 12:27 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Ellis
2Drew Butera
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Dee Gordon
2Justin Turner
3Darwin Barney
SS1Hanley Ramirez
2Miguel Rojas
3B1Juan Uribe
2Chone Figgins
LF1Matt Kemp
2Carl Crawford
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Andre Ethier
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Dan Haren
5Josh Beckett
6Paul Maholm
7Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Brian Wilson
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Perez
5Brandon League
6Jamey Wright
7Onelki Garcia
8Chris Withrow