Game 72: Clayton Kershaw wins surprise matchup against Nats’ Yusmeiro Petit.

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Clayton Kershaw improved to 11-1 against the Washington Nationals on Monday. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw earned his paycheck Monday in a 4-1 Dodgers win over the Washington Nationals.

The box score is here.

Zach Lee is looking forward to his new opportunity in the Mariners organization.

The Dodgers went 5-1 in their six games prior to today, only to lose a half-game in the National League West standings. The Giants’ eight-game winning streak ended Monday with a 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, so the Dodgers within 5 ½ games of first place. They’re six games over .500 for the first time all season.

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Dodgers’ 23rd-round draft pick elects to return to college.

Pitcher Bailey Ober, the Dodgers’ 23rd-round draft pick, will return to the College of Charleston for his redshirt junior season.

From the school’s official athletic department website:

Ober, a 2016 All-CAA second team selection, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 and returned to lead the CofC pitching staff with 96 strikeouts in 97 innings in 2016. The Charlotte, N.C., native is 17-7 with a 2.47 ERA in his career at College of Charleston. The Dodgers selected him with the 701st overall pick in the 23rd round.

“I am thankful to the Dodgers organization for selecting me,” Ober said. “However, I have two years of eligibility left and want to help lead the Cougars to Omaha and hopefully improve my position in the draft.”

The Dodgers are believed to have come to an agreement with 22 of their 42 draft picks.

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Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu will continue their rehabs at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Rehabbing Dodgers starters Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu will continue their minor league rehab assignments with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

McCarthy is starting Wednesday and Ryu Thursday, both home games against the Round Rock Express.

McCarthy threw three innings in his most recent rehab start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in San Jose. He allowed two runs in that game, his second since his rehab assignment began.

Ryu threw four shutout innings Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in San Jose.

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Washington Nationals scratch Stephen Strasburg with upper back strain.

So much for 10-0 versus 10-1.

The Washington Nationals scratched starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw today. Strasburg hasn’t lost a game this season in 10 decisions, while Kershaw is 10-1.

Yusmeiro Petit will start in Strasburg’s place.

The Kershaw-Strasburg matchup would have been the earliest National League game (by calendar date) since at least 1913 with two starting pitchers with 10 or more wins.

Here are the revised starting lineups for both teams:
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Yasiel Puig will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.

Yasiel Puig is at Dodger Stadium today. He was expected to be available to the Dodgers for their Monday night matchup against the Washington Nationals.

But Dave Roberts did something in keeping with the tradition of Don Mattingly and Joe Torre, giving Puig an extra day of rest before his return from the 15-day disabled list.
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