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Only 25, the sky is the limit for Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
In his fourth big league campaign, Kershaw won the 2011 NL Cy Young Award. He led the majors in wins (21-5) and the NL in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248) that season. Not too shabby for a pitcher who was just 23 at the time.
The next season, the Dallas native only went 14-9, but led the majors with a 2.25 ERA, while his 229 K's was just one behind NL leader R.A. Dickey.
Kershaw is a two-time All-Star and won the Gold Glove during his Cy Young year.
Through June 9, he features a career 2.72 ERA, tops among all active starting pitchers. Kershaw has 1,065 strikeouts and is 66-41 in his career. He owns four consecutive seasons of an ERA below 2.91 and struck out at least 212 batters three years in a row.
Among active pitchers, he ranks second in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.24 -- San Francisco's Tim Lincecum is first at 9.74. Kershaw also is second among starting pitchers in Dodgers' history with that phenomena stat, behind Sandy Koufax's career 9.28.
It's hard to imagine what kind of career numbers Kershaw will 10 years from now --and then he'll still only be 35. As long as he stays healthy and continues at his current pace, the lefty would likely earn a plaque in Cooperstown.
Watch the above video to hear more of his case.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers gave actor Hank Azaria the privilege of announcing the team's staring lineup for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Azaria used the opportunity to have a little fun by presenting the Dodgers lineup to the crowd while using the voice of convenience store clerk Apu from the animated television show "The Simpsons".
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LOS ANGELES Every game brings a new opportunity for Yasiel Puig.
One night, its a throw from right field to end the game. The next night, its a couple of home runs. Then a grand slam. On Friday night at Dodger Stadium, he hit a homer his fourth in five games this season to tie a game the Dodgers would win in 10 innings, 2-1 over the Atlanta Braves.
Its been a storybook, manager...
Ted Lilly will not make his scheduled Sunday start against the Atlanta Braves. Lilly is dealing with a neck issue and has made just five starts this season after beginning the year late due to a strained rib cage.
In Lilly’s place the Dodgers will start Matt Magill. Magill has struggled during his stints in the majors posting 6.38 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP in five starts. The Dodgers...
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick
of MLB.com that he believes center fielder Matt Kemp will be ready to return from the disabled list when he’s eligible to be activated on June 15.
Mattingly said he believes Matt Kemp will return June 14, his first day eligible. He will play in a rehab game first.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 7, 2013
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A profile on him via his school:
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The Los Angeles Dodgers held outfielder Andre Ethier out of
yesterday’s finale against the Atlanta Braves due to a sore right foot, and
manager Don Mattingly said that the ailment could keep him out of Monday’s
series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Austin Laymance of MLB.com.
"He was unavailable," manager Don Mattingly said
LOS ANGELES The old and the new from the history of Dodger baseball gathered at Dodger Stadium Saturday for the teams first Oldtimers Game since 1995.
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The Dodgers swept the Yankees in 1963...
Kris Medlen hit a solo homer and pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night, 2-1. The win gives the Braves a chance to split the series Sunday afternoon. After a Dan Uggla solo shot, and a B.J. Upton strikeout, Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen belted a solo shot of his own. The home run was the 1st of Medlen’s big...
Hanley Ramirez came off the disabled list less than a week ago, and he is already back getting checked out by doctors. The Los Angeles Dodgers have seen a rash of hamstring injuries, but Ramirez's was supposed to be healed. Unfortunately, he missed yesterday's game because he was getting yet another MRI on his ailing left hamstring.
According to Arash Markazi of ESPN...
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