Clayton Kershaw is the National League Player of the Week.

Clayton KershawDodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who won his first two starts of the season without allowing a single earned run, was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday.

Kershaw tossed a shutout against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day and hit a solo home run for the game-winning RBI. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kershaw became just the second pitcher in Major League history to hit a home run and throw a shutout in his team’s season opener, joining Cleveland Indians hurler Bob Lemon, who homered in his Opening Day one-hitter against the White Sox on April 14, 1953.

On Saturday, Kershaw allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings on the way to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium.

The left-hander hasn’t allowed a run in his last 20 innings dating back to his final start of the 2012 season, which is the second-longest streak of his career (22.0 innings, May 8-19, 2012). This is his third career N.L. Player of the Week honor and first since May 14-20 last year.

In recognition of the award, Kershaw will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.