May 6, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT
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.
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