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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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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Pedro Martinez: Clayton Kershaw ‘seems to be getting even better than I was.’

“It’s a dream for me to sit in front of a TV to watch Clayton Kershaw. I’ve seen a lot of good pitchers, but watching Clayton Kershaw, I think, deserves a lot more respect, a lot more attention. … I don’t have enough words to actually say how great I think that kid actually is. .. This kid seems to be getting even better than I was, even better than Sandy Koufax. More exciting than Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux.”

That quote might have come from you, or your pal Steve, or your dad, or your co-worker. I’m repeating it here because it came from Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez yesterday on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel with Cliff Floyd and Casey Stern.

Listen to the full context of Martinez’s comments on Kershaw here:

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Game 67: Clayton Kershaw’s win-to-loss ratio is pretty good, too.

Kiké Hernandez left field

Paul Goldschmidt drove in a run against Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday with this single off the top of the left field wall at Chase Field. A video review confirmed it wasn’t a home run. (Getty Images)


A three-run home run by Scott Van Slyke, a typical Clayton Kershaw performance, and a historic save by Kenley Jansen, highlighted a 3-2 Dodgers win in Phoenix. The Dodgers return home for a six-game homestand tomorrow.

The box score is here.

The Dodgers’ focus on defense is working, somehow, and Frankie Montas is at last a candidate to join the Dodgers’ starting rotation.

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Game 62: Justin Turner’s home run makes a winner of Clayton Kershaw.

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Trayce Thompson makes a leaping catch on a fly ball from San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey during the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 win Friday. (Associated Press photo)

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings, Justin Turner hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie, and Kenley Jansen saved a 3-2 Dodgers win over the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here.

Confidence in Julio Urias is brimming on the eve of his Sunday start.

Rounds 3-10 of the draft were today. Here’s some background on the eight new Dodgers. I heard that at least one has already agreed to terms, though the team hasn’t officially announced anything yet.

Here are some eye-popping Kershaw notes from tonight. They seem to pop up every fifth day:

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