LOS ANGELES No reason to worry about Clayton Kershaw.
The collective gasp that took place at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night turned out to be a false alarm. Kershaw was hit above his left ankle by a line drive and went down for a moment, but he's OK.
The Dodgers' offense is not. On a night when Kershaw didn't have his best stuff, the Dodgers were beaten by the Chicago Cubs 3-2. Since their 10-game win streak ended on Aug. 18, they've gone 5-5 and have been held to two runs or fewer six times.
In Kershaw's eight losses this season, the Dodgers have scored just 12 runs.
"I feel like it's nothing more than a little bit of a lull," manager Don Mattingly said. "Some of the guys are tired. We'll be fine."
Mattingly cited the unusual start times his team has had to endure the past week. Their recent road trip ended with a 9:40 a.m. West Coast start in Miami, and last weekend they started games at 7 p.m., 1 and 5 against the Boston Red Sox. Tuesday night's game against the...