Clayton HP-ex Clayton Kershaw (middle, with Manny Ramirez) continues to say and do all the right things for the LA Dodgers this season. It's paying off on the stat sheets, but score one for the rookie in the PR battle and the clubhouse.
Kershaw was yanked Wednesday night after throwing eight scoreless innings against St. Louis in a game Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton blew in a 3-2 loss. In an MLB.com story, LA catcher Russell Martin is quoted as saying Kershaw never showed any sign of tiring in what is now his career-long appearance. Still, Kershaw took the company line when asked if he was disappointed with not getting a chance to finish off his first complete game.
"I'll take 1-0 with Broxton in the ninth, I'll take my chances 100 percent of the time," Kershaw said. "He's been lights-out all year. If it happens again, I'd have no hesitation taking my chances with Broxton."
In Kershaw's previous nine starts, he was 5-0 with four no-decisions and an 0.79 ERA -- the best in the Major Leagues dating to June 10. Part of his improvement is the addition of a slider to his fastball, curve and changeup.
"I try to keep my confidence the same no matter if I'm pitching good or bad, but obviously in a stretch like I'm in, you get a little bit of confidence," said Kershaw, whom the Dodgers have refused to include in any trade talk. "That's one of the better lineups I've faced since I've been up here."