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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
Contract: view contract details

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Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings of two-run ball to lead the Dodgers past the Giants 4-2 on Sunday.
It was an uncharacteristic start for Kershaw, as his seven hits allowed were the most in a start since August 5. More characteristically, the southpaw walked just one while striking out nine. The win moved him to 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 219/28 K/BB ratio through 185 1/3 innings this year. There are few superlatives left to say about Kershaw at this point. The Cubs are the next on Kershaw's list, as they'll meet up in Chicago Friday. Sep 14 - 9:45 PM

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Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs -- one earned -- over eight innings as the Dodgers topped the Padres 9-4 on Monday.

By his standards, this start was a dud. Kershaw scattered three hits and walked two to become baseball's first 18-game winner. Los Angeles has won all but one of Kershaw's 18 starts since the beginning of June. The left-hander has worked at least eight innings in eight of his last nine outings. Now 18-3 with a 1.67 ERA, Kershaw travels to San Francisco for a pivotal matchup on Sunday.
Sep 9 - 1:29 AM

Clayton Kershaw twirled eight innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's victory over the Nationals, racking up eight strikeouts and allowing only three hits.

Kershaw allowed only a seventh inning solo Bryce Harper homer to become baseball's first 17-game winner and notch his fifth consecutive victory. The left-hander has worked seven innings or more in 15 straight starts, and given up more than three earned runs just once all season. How's this for dominance?: Kershaw allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 4.08 ERA in May, a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and a 1.80 ERA in August. Kershaw is a heavy favorite to win his third Cy Young Award, and is also a strong MVP candidate. Overall, he's 17-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, numbers he takes into a date with the Padres next week. Good luck, San Diego.
Sep 3 - 1:22 AM

Clayton Kershaw surrendered only an unearned run across eight innings, striking out 10, in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Kershaw scattered six hits and walked two. The left-hander has now worked seven innings or more in 14 straight starts. He's given up more than three earned runs just once all season, remarkable consistency that is summed up in a gorgeous 1.73 ERA. Kershaw (16-3) welcomes the Nationals to Southern California next time around.
Aug 28 - 12:56 AM

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
Aug 22 - 12:58 AM

Clayton Kershaw's next start has been moved to Thursday against the Padres.

Kershaw was originally slated to go Friday for the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow a little rest. Kershaw will be on regular rest for the start, so there should be no concern about his effectiveness.
Aug 20 - 7:32 PM

Clayton Kershaw took a complete-game loss after giving up three runs and striking out 11 in nine innings against the Brewers on Saturday.

Kershaw gave up two homers for the first time since last Sept. 8, but he was his typical, dominant self otherwise, allowing just three other hits and walking none in the 97-pitch outing. The loss was his first since May 28. Outside of that one disastrous start against the Diamondbacks on May 17 (7 ER in 1 2/3 IP), he still hasn't allowed more than three runs in an outing this season.
Aug 16 - 11:58 PM

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 14th win of the year, and the Dodgers topped the Brewers 5-1 on Sunday.

Kershaw gave up a run in the first inning, just his fourth first-inning run allowed this year, but he bounced back to hold the Brewers scoreless over the next seven innings. The southpaw gave up six hits and two walks, striking out six in the outing. He moved to 14-2 with a 1.78 ERA with the win, and he'll get a shot at repeating the feat when he takes on the Brewers again on Friday.
Aug 10 - 8:13 PM

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings of three-run ball on Friday against the Angels, coming away with a no-decision in the Dodgers' 5-4 win.

It wasn't Kershaw's best performance of the year, but even a so-so Kershaw outing is pretty good. Kershaw allowed three runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked two. Kershaw would have had a chance for his fourteenth win had the Dodgers held on to their 4-3 eighth inning lead, but Albert Pujols hit a solo home run and the Dodgers ended up winning in the bottom of the ninth. On the year, Kershaw has struck out 150 in 121+ innings, to go with the 1.82 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. He'll try for his fourteenth win again when the Dodgers face the Brewers in five days.
Aug 6 - 1:37 AM

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

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

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S1Clayton Kershaw
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