New article sheds light on Clayton Kershaw and Matthew Stafford’s parallel childhoods.

Clayton Kershaw Matthew Stafford

This photo, published today on BleacherReport.com, shows Clayton Kershaw and childhood teammate and friend Matthew Stafford (right), now a quarterback for the Detroit Lions.

What are the odds the best quarterback in the country and the best pitcher in the country would graduate from the same high school?

It happened in 2006. Clayton Kershaw and Matthew Stafford were more than talented athletes. They were good friends.

BleacherReport.com sent a reporter to Texas to dig deeper. Worth a read if you have 15 minutes.

Dodgers spring training preview: Starting pitchers.

Hyun-Jin RyuForget having the best 1-2 starting combination in baseball. Ned Colletti clearly intended to put together the majors’ best 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 staff this winter.

Mission accomplished.

When the Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to camp Tuesday, they present a puzzling situation that only time can solve. Chad Billingsley hopes time can heal the torn ligament in his elbow, not season-ending Tommy John surgery. Ted Lilly hopes he can pitch like a legitimate fifth starter, having not pitched in the majors since last May because of injuries. He, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang may have to hope that Colletti can find a desirable destination for their talents outside of L.A.

If healthy, it’s hard to imagine this group staying together. Otherwise, the Dodgers are left with the first eight-man rotation in major-league history, and wouldn’t that be an interesting outcome to what promises to be an interesting camp.

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