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Clayton Kershaw scratched with hip injury

Sep 9, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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Clayton Kershaw won’t start the series finale against the Giants on Sunday night. He’s been scratched because of hip discomfort, and Joe Blanton will pitch in his place tonight.

It’s certainly good news for the Giants as they throw Barry Zito to go for the series win after splitting the first two games in San Francisco. Kershaw had a 1.73 ERA in four starts against the Giants this season, though that had only gotten him a 1-3 record. As you might have guessed, he wasn’t matched up against Zito in any of those starts.

Blanton last pitched Monday, so tonight’s start will be on five days’ rest for him. He’s 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season.

Kershaw is expected to come back and pitch Tuesday. He got a cortisone shot for the hip on Saturday and he wanted to pitch tonight, but the Dodgers declined to give him the go-ahead.

  1. Marty - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    It’s only fair, Zito is pitching.

    • tom-a-hawk - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      funny….but Zito shut the Dodgers out. Dodgers are done. Their pitching sux.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM

        3.48 team ERA does not equate “sux.”

        But, yeah, you’ve got a point to make.

        You can’t blame the pitching staff for the team getting shutout.

        Dodger bashers sure have gotten a lot dumber since that trade with Boston.

      • blabidibla - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        3.71 post All Star Break. Face it, the mediocre SPs regressed to the mean. Kershaw is the only one who’s not an innings eater.

  2. tom-a-hawk - Sep 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    In the last 28 days (so let’s say the last month), their team ERA is 4.07, and they are 11-14 in those games.
    So yeah, the ERA isn’t horrible, but remember that the Dodgers had a pretty easy schedule in the beginning of the season. Now, they are stuck finishing off the season against a lot of teams with winning records. Take a step back and look at their staff, and tell me who is solid beside Kershaw?

    The Giants don’t play a team with a winning record (I believe) except for the Dodgers from here on out.

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