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Sunday, May 01, 2022

Clayton Kershaw moved by ovation for breaking Los Angeles Dodgers’ all-time strikeouts record

A sold-out crowd rose to its feet after Clayton Kershaw recorded the 2,697th regular-season strikeout of his career Saturday in the fourth inning, breaking a Los Angeles Dodgers record that Don Sutton held across five decades.

A graphic representing the milestone flashed on the Dodger Stadium video boards, and the roar of 52,613 fans intensified. Play was halted, and Kershaw—famously meticulous, intense and hyper-focused during his start days—finally broke character.

He lifted his cap, patted his chest from the rubber, strolled behind the mound, raised his hat once more, then collected himself before continuing on his outing.

“It’s special,” Kershaw said after producing another solid outing in the Dodgers’ 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. “I didn’t expect it. I understand that the Dodgers are a historic franchise and have been around a long time, so the guys that are on that list that I was fortunate enough to pass was a big deal. But I didn’t know that fans would know or honestly care that much. It was special for me. It really was. It was cool to see. I tried to brush it off and keep going, but they wouldn’t let me. It definitely meant a lot.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2022 at 10:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw removed from perfect game bid after seven spotless innings in season debut

Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw was removed from a perfect game bid on Wednesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins. Kershaw, in his season debut, struck out 13 batters through seven perfect frames. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts then removed Kershaw to begin the eighth inning, inserting lefty reliever Alex Vesia. Vesia subsequently surrendered a single to Gary Sánchez, dashing any hopes Los Angeles had of making history.

Kershaw’s pitch count was at 80 upon his removal. The truncated spring owed to the owner-imposed lockout had left him stretched out to around 75 pitches. Roberts, for better or worse, opted to err on the side of caution with his longtime staff anchor.

The Dodgers were leading by a 6-0 score entering the eighth thanks to some timely offense. Cody Bellinger, Austin Barnes, and Gavin Lux all connected for solo home runs in the eighth, extending Los Angeles’ lead from 3-0 to 6-0.

The only perfect game in Dodgers history was thrown by Sandy Koufax in September 1965. Koufax, who struck out 14 members of the Chicago Cubs, received just enough offense from his lineup on that fateful day: the Dodgers finished with one run on a pair of baserunners; neither team had a hit through the seventh inning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 13, 2022 at 03:32 PM | 191 comment(s)
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Friday, March 11, 2022

Clayton Kershaw returning to Los Angeles Dodgers on 1-year deal, source says

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by The Athletic.

Financial terms weren’t immediately known.

At 33, Kershaw has already compiled more Baseball-Reference wins above replacement than any other player in Dodgers history, surpassing iconic names such as Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Don Drysdale and Duke Snider. From 2010 to 2019, Kershaw won three National League Cy Young Awards and an MVP while trailing only Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in wins (156), innings (1,996) and strikeouts (2,179) and easily besting every qualified starting pitcher in ERA (2.31).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2022 at 06:20 PM | 20 comment(s)
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