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Kershaw Aims To Be King of the Hill

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The kid gloves come off today for starter Clayton Kershaw.

The 21-year old phenom with that devastating 12-6 curveball that Vin Scully called “public enemy #1” will be at the adult table in game two of the National League Divisional Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

While such a daunting could give a kid a case of the butterflies, Kershaw doesn’t envision any problems.

“I’m nervous every time I pitch,” Kershaw said in Wednesday’s press conference. “I think it’s how you handle the nerves, how you channel it. You can use it to your advantage sometimes - get the adrenaline going, maybe throw a little harder, have better breaking balls. It just depends on how you use it I guess.”

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As concerting as that may sound with Kershaw’s penchant to force the issue, manager Joe Torre didn’t have any special words to tell Kershaw this morning.

“I don’t really talk to the starting pitcher that much the day they’re pitching,” Torre said.