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Kershaw Shines in Matinee Duel

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Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw really seems to get up for the big guys. With a brilliant seven-inning one-run outing against Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants on a Sunday matinee last month, Kershaw came up big against the Colorado Rockies’ ace Ubaldo Jimenez in the Dodgers 2-0 victory.

“You can either try and be too perfect or you gotta pitch - you gotta throw some zeroes up there,” Kershaw said. “That’s the mindset I took.”

“This kid is special,” Torre said. “Today was a game that we certainly needed a lift.”

However it wasn’t a perfect day for Kershaw who had problems with location in the first inning again. Looking eerily like his last start when he gave up seven runs in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, he gave up walks to Dexter Fowler and Ryan Spilbourghs after a Troy Tulowitzki bunt-single to load the bases. After brushing back Ian Stewart with a high 94 mph fastball inside, Kershaw got him standing like a house by the side of the road with a fastball inside to escape the jam on his 30th pitch of the inning.

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“That’s something I’m trying to work on - getting comfortable in the first inning,” Kershaw admitted. “I’m not really sure how to do that yet. Maybe it’s throwing more in the bullpen, or maybe it’s warm up longer. I don’t know. But after getting in the middle innings I feel more comfortable and pitch my game.”