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Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
Clayton Kershaw now gets a chance to see if he can continue his early season success on the road.
Kershaw faces a favorable matchup against an Arizona Diamondbacks team that has struggled against left-handers in Friday night's opener of a weekend series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who arrive after learning a major cog in their rotation will be out for some time.
Through two starts at home, Kershaw (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has yielded six hits while striking out 16 through 16 scoreless innings. He turned in seven innings of two-hit ball last Saturday with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh.
"For me it just starts with throwing strikes," said Kershaw, who has thrown 114 of 191 pitches for strikes with just one walk. "Just keep pumping the strike zone and letting the defense work. That's kind of my mindset."
The southpaw could be the last pitcher Arizona (6-3) wants to see at this time. The Diamondbacks are hitting .193 against left-handers, losing two of three games when opponents have started them.
"We haven't been that good. We have some power from the left-hand side, it just tends to neutralize that a little more," manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "But it's early in the season. There's really nothing to read into it at this point."
Kershaw has a 1.81 ERA in his last 11 starts against the Diamondbacks, striking out 82 in 69 2-3 innings, though he did lose his final three outings against them in 2012.
Paul Goldschmidt is 1 for 11 against Kershaw, Miguel Montero 4 for 20 with nine strikeouts and Jason Kubel 1 for 8. That trio has combined for 21 RBIs in 2013, including five by Kubel in the last three games while going 5 for 13 with two homers.
Kershaw had a 3.24 ERA on the road last season compared to 2.05 at home.
There could be more pressure on him now to lead the Dodgers rotation. Los Angeles (6-3) learned that right-hander Zack Greinke suffered a broken left collarbone after being involved in a bench-clearing brawl in Thursday's 3-2 victory at San Diego.
Greinke plunked Carlos Quentin, who rushed the mound and wrestled him to the ground in the sixth inning. The Dodgers starter lowered his left shoulder into the onrushing Padres outfielder, and the consequences were steep. There is no timetable for Greinke at this point.
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly blamed Quentin for the incident, saying he has "zero understanding of the game of baseball."
"He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," said Mattingly about Quentin. "If he plays a game before Greinke pitches, something's wrong."
Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr., who did not play Thursday, were the Dodgers ejected in the aftermath of the brawl.
Los Angeles will have to move on and face Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (1-0, 3.00), who went 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers as a rookie last year.
Corbin had a strong season debut Saturday, yielding two runs over six innings in a 9-2 victory at Milwaukee.
The Diamondbacks salvaged the finale of a three-game set with Pittsburgh on Wednesday with a 10-2 rout. A.J. Pollock had two homers and four RBIs.
Second baseman Aaron Hill sat out after being hit in the left hand by a pitch the previous night, but expects to play Friday.
Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez, who hit .154 against Arizona last year, is 11 for 24 with eight RBIs over the past six games and hit his first homer of the season Thursday.
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I don't know what to say, really, when it comes to the below.Except to say it's the most amazing thing ever, and I think Matt Kemp missed the point. Or he got the point exactly right. Video is even better. Although the added context isn't necessary, really. Just a few dudes dancing suggestively.
Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp has confronted San Diego's Carlos
Quentin as they were leaving Petco Park after the teams had a
bench-clearing brawl that left Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke
with a broken collarbone.
A brawl between the Dodgers and Padres left high-priced pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken left collarbone.
Greinke, who signed a $147 million, six-year contract with Los Angeles last winter, was injured in a fight with San Diego slugger Carlos Quentin.
Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner. Both benches emptied and...
Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp has confronted San Diego's Carlos Quentin as they were leaving Petco Park after the teams had a bench-clearing brawl that left Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone.
Kemp asked Quentin why he charged Greinke after getting hit by a pitch Thursday night. Kemp walked up to Quentin near the players' exit and the two went nose-to...
The Dodgers and Padres didn’t just fight on the field Thursday, they also had some words after the game ended.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who was ejected for his role in the benches-clearing brawl, got into it with Carlos Quentin after the game. The confrontation reportedly occurred by the tunnel outside the locker rooms.
The Mighty 1090′s Marty Caswell says the two were...
Perhaps it was nothing more than ironic or coincidental that Luis Cruz happens to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers and San Diego Padres were involved in a bench clearing brawl last night that could have easily been avoided. Cruz, of course, is known as the 3B from team Mexico who demanded out loud that his pitcher throw at the next batter after a Canadian player bunted...
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Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Zack Greinke, inciting a bench-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
Greinke had a full count on Quentin with the bases empty and the Dodgers leading 2-1 in the sixth when he plunked the Padres outfielder in the left arm. Quentin...
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp has confronted San Diego's Carlos Quentin as they were leaving Petco Park after the teams had a bench-clearing brawl that left Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone.
Kemp asked Quentin why he charged Greinke after getting hit by a pitch Thursday night. Kemp walked up to Quentin near the players' exit and the...
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres had a heated affair last night in California after Carlos Quentin took exception to being plunked by Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke. Quentin charged the mound in the 6th inning after being struck in the left shoulder on a full count pitch while the Padres trailed the Dodgers 2-1 on the score board. That was the third time in his career...
Carlos Quentin has reason to think that his getting hit by a pitch was intentional. But Zack Greinke also has plenty of reason to prove it was not.
Either way, the benches emptied twice Thursday night for one of the biggest brawls in recent Major League Baseball history, with Greinke taking home a broken collarbone and Quentin finally relieving his aggression after getting plunked...
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San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound, breaking Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's collarbone in the ensuing brawl.