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Dodger lefthander Clayton Kershaw homered and shutout the Giants Monday.
Yeah, I know there’s 161 games left, and anything can happen during the course of the marathon that is the baseball season, but really, who’s going to top what Clayton Kershaw did Monday?
I mean, guys have thrown shutouts on Opening Day before; hell, Bob Feller threw a no-hitter against the White Sox to start the 1940 season.
But hurling a shutout and hitting a home run in the same game to start the new year?
It’s happened only once before: 1953, when the Indians’ Bob Lemon homered and allowed only one hit to, well, the White Sox.
Fortunately for ChiSox fans, Kershaw wasn’t anywhere near them Monday. Combining a four-seam fastball, slider and a positively filthy curveball, Kershaw was masterful against the Giants, looking a lot like the guy who threw out the ceremonial first pitch, another legendary southpaw named Sandy Koufax.
Kershaw allowed only four hits while striking out 7 in a 94-pitch performance as the...
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The Dodgers beat the rival Giants on Opening Day at home to begin 2013, but it wasn’t so much the win that was surprising as how they did it.
Leading off the bottom of the eighth inning of a 0-0 tie game, Clayton Kershaw was left in to hit, and he justified the decision, not with his arm, but with his bat.
That was his first career homer, and it made people lose their minds.
The news of Clayton Kershaw‘s iminent extension with the Dodgers was broken recently by Mike Petriello, and since then, other reporters have chimed in, all confirming the existence of talks.
Jon Heyman confirmed the negotiations and mentioned that Opening Day was not a hard deadline despite what Kershaw has previously said to have preferred.
Star left-hander Clayton Kershaw and...
Many around the league believe Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw could be the next high-profile player in line for a lucrative contract extension. However, as of yesterday, a deal between the Dodgers and their young ace "didn't appear imminent," according to Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times.
The light distortion not withstanding, the new hi-def scoreboards were amazing.
“Remember when.” It is a common phrase we’ve all used before.
Sometimes, you say it to recall the good old days at work before you got a new boss whose job seems to be making your life miserable. Or you could be a Kansas City Royals fans recalling when the word “playoffs” was part of the vocabulary...
Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in major league baseball not named Justin Verlander. He is also five years younger and is currently playing for the new biggest spenders in baseball, the LA Dodgers. I don’t have to spout off Kershaw’s stats and accomplishments at such a young age. If you’re reading this blog you probably know that Kershaw is one of the league’s...
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Clayton Kershaw threw a complete game shutout, scattered 4 hits, struck out 7, and didn’t walk a batter. Oh, by the way, he hit a go ahead home run in the 8th to break open the scoring for the Dodgers against the defending World Series Champions.
Kershaw was efficient, throwing only 94 pitches, and dominating all at the same time. He throws a low to mid...
Clayton Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter Monday that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on opening day.
Kershaw became the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run in an opener since Bob Lemon for Cleveland in 1953, STATS said.
Kershaw struck out seven...
Sure, they’ve got an ace and a good second baseman in Ian Kinsler on their roster, but I’m pretty sure Tyson Chandler, Aaron Hernandez and Clay Matthews would have a hard time hitting a curve ball.
Then again, pretty sure Kershaw wouldn’t last three Mississippi’s in the pocket with Matthews lining up on the other side of the field.
From the press release…
Clayton Kershaw provided the fireworks for the Dodgers on Opening Day. Tonight, the new-look Indians and new-look Blue Jays will face off, with R.A. Dickey`s return to the AL.
Right about here would be where I wax poetic about Opening Day finally arriving. I’d probably say something about the smell of freshly cut grass, quote Ted Williams, wave an American flag around, and call it a day. Instead I guess I should talk about what just transpired at Dodger Stadium.
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In case anyone hasn’t been watching baseball the last three or so...
The parity of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry is one of the few ways that some national writers will admit that the west coast rivalry beats out that east coast one.
I still hate seeing the Dodgers win, however.
Props to Clayton Kershaw, however. That guy is an amazing pitcher. Nothing but respect to him as a player, but I’ll still always boo him. Dirty Dodger…
Tweet Unlike Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who hit a home run on opening day, Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals had a home run to his credit coming into Wednesday. He now has two. Gonzalez didn’t pitch a complete game shutout like Kershaw but he did pick up the win, giving [...]