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Clayton Kershaw throws seven scoreless innings and whiffs nine in return from disabled list

May 6, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT

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Clayton Kershaw stepped atop a major league mound Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. for the first time since the Dodgers’ season-opening victory against the Diamondbacks on March 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in southeastern Australia.

The ace left-hander showed no rust following that nearly-seven-week absence — the result of a teres major muscle strain — throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out a total of nine Nationals hitters as Los Angeles rolled to an 8-3 victory.

MLB.com has the video wrapup from Nats Park …

Kershaw now has a 0.66 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings this season.

The 26-year-old signed a seven-year, $215 million contract extension in January.

  1. pop562 - May 7, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    This kid is a beast!!!

  2. jya87 - May 7, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    An interesting scene from tonight’s broadcast:

    During the 5th inning or so, the cameras panned to Brian Wilson miming a pitch while conversing with Chris Perez.

    Then, in the 8th, Perez comes in with an 8-run lead and over 8 batters gives up 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs. Jamey Wright has to bail him out.

    Coincidence?

    • baberuthslegs - May 7, 2014 at 6:08 AM

      Yes?

      • jya87 - May 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Should have mentioned Brian Wilson has an 11.42 ERA over the season, while Perez had not allowed any earned runs and only allowed 1 inherited runner to score prior to last night’s game.

  3. l0glcalv0icesays - May 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Easy to win Cy Young Awards and look great when the umps give you a huge strike zone like Kershaw…

  4. pop562 - May 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    @PatholoigicalLiarVoice
    Sure the umps are the one swinging after breaking balls that’s hitting the dirt, that must be the strike zone.

  5. ironcurtin64 - May 8, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Although I think Jose Fernandez has the best stuff of any pitcher in baseball, I think Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball.

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