Clayton Kershaw versus Marlins

Clayton Kershaw fans 10 Marlins in second career shutout


Clayton Kershaw pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 Sunday in the Dodgers’ 8-0 defeat of the Marlins.

It was his second career shutout and complete game, the other coming last Sept. 14 against the Giants.

Manager Don Mattingly decided it was fine to let Kershaw throw 116 pitches even though the game wasn’t in doubt.  The Dodgers scored eight times off Ricky Nolasco, handing him his first loss of the season.  The 15 hits given up by Nolasco set a new franchise record for the Marlins.

Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 and hit his first homer for the Dodgers.  Jay Gibbons also had three hits,  The Dodgers had 17 hits in all, 14 of them singles.  Kershaw had two of them himself, knocked in a run and scored twice.

Kershaw is now batting .240 this season, while the league is hitting .218 against him. He fanned 10 for the second time this season and the 10th time in his career.  He’s 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA.

Kershaw, Greinke, Anderson lined up for Dodgers in NLDS

Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw
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Clayton Kershaw will pitch Game 1, Zack Greinke will pitch Game 2, and Brett Anderson will pitch Game 3 in the Dodgers’ upcoming best-of-five National League Division Series against the Mets, the Dodgers announced Tuesday.

There aren’t any surprises there.

Alex Wood is lined up as the team’s Game 4 starter, but there’s a good chance Kershaw will go on short rest if the Dodgers are on the brink of elimination.

Kershaw and Greinke are both going to finish in the top three of a historical 2015 Cy Young Award vote.

Anderson, an oft-injured 27-year-old left-hander, topped 180 inning this season for the first time in his career.

Estrada in Game 3, Dickey in Game 4 for Blue Jays

Marco Estrada
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It’s already been established that the Blue Jays would throw deadline acquisition David Price in Game 1 of their ALDS matchup against the Rangers and fast-rising right-hander Marcus Stroman in Game 2.

Now we know how they’ll fill out the rest of their rotation for the best-of-five round …

John Lott of the National Post notes that R.A. Dickey threw a simulated game on Tuesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, which lines him up for a potential ALDS Game 4 next Monday in Texas. Marco Estrada will take Game 3 on Sunday night in Arlington.

Mark Buehrle retired after his final regular-season start, so he’s obviously out of the mix.

Toronto is the World Series favorite to many as the postseason gets underway.