Found October 07, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Dodgers plan to start veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco -- and not ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw -- in Game 4 of the National League division series on Monday Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt told the The Times. The Dodgers had considered using Kershaw on short rest if they faced elimination Monday. However after the Dodgers' 13-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday Honeycutt said the team would not risk using its ace on Monday. Kershaw has never pitched on short rest. "He's our future" Honeycutt told The Times. "You don't want to mess around with it." The Dodgers lead the best-of-five series two games to one. If the Dodgers win the series on Monday Kershaw could pitch Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

Dodgers tab Ricky Nolasco, not Clayton Kershaw, for Game 4

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Dodgers could go with Clayton Kershaw on short rest

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Clayton Kershaw could start Game 4 on short rest

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Dodgers Tap Clayton Kershaw for NLDS Game 4 Tonight


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Dodgers advance to NLCS off Uribe HR

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