Clayton Kershaw nominated for Roberto Clemente Award.

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Clayton Kershaw, left, playing ping pong with Neil Patrick Harris, has raised money for a Zambian orphanage through his annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event. (courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel show)

Clayton Kershaw was chosen as the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award today. Kershaw won the award in 2012.

Each team nominates one player to be considered for the award in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing “current players who truly understand the value of helping others.”

Here’s more from MLB’s press release:

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Clayton Kershaw is one of six finalists for Marvin Miller award.

Clayton KershawDodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is one of six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which is given to a player that inspires others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.

The other finalists are Carlos Beltran, Max Scherzer, Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rizzo.

More from the MLBPA’s press release:

First inspired by their relationship with a malnourished, HIV-infected girl in Lusaka, Zambia named Hope, Clayton and his wife, Ellen, began Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011. The Challenge is to use whatever you have been blessed with – talent, passion or purpose – to give back to others. This year, Kershaw’s Challenge helped support transitional housing for homeless families in Los Angeles (The Dream Center) and a sports ministry in West Dallas (Mercy Street) in addition its ongoing work in Zambia.

Clayton Kershaw is the National League Player of the Week.

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has won five National League Player of the Week awards in his career. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw won his second National League Player of the Week award this season, for the week ending Sunday. It’s the fifth NLPOY award of his career.

From the MLB press release:
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The Bulldog on The Big Train: Orel Hershiser discusses Clayton Kershaw’s season.

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Orel Hershiser went 19-3 for the Dodgers in 1985. (Getty Images)

“We call him the Big Train because he keeps coming,” Don Mattingly said after watching Clayton Kershaw win his 19th game of the season Sunday.

The birth of a new nickname? Maybe.

Kershaw at the very least matched a 29-year-old team record. He’s 19-3, good for a .864 winning percentage, with two starts left in the regular season. Orel Hershiser went 19-3 in 1985, the only Los Angeles Dodger to finish a season with a winning percentage that high.

Here’s what Hershiser had to say about Kershaw’s season last Wednesday, four days before Kershaw matched his record:

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Dodgers 4, San Francisco Giants 2: Today’s game story.

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed seven hits and two runs while walking one batter and striking out nine in eight innings Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)

Things you learn by talking to people after a game: The Dodgers’ win over the Giants today might have depended on overcoming a misunderstanding.

You can read about that here; the box score is here.

Joc Pederson didn’t get into the game. In fact, he wasn’t even the left-hander chosen to pinch hit for Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning against right-hander Hunter StricklandAndre Ethier was. Behind the scenes, he’s still adjusting to a new routine. You can read about that here.

Yusmeiro Petit vs. Clayton Kershaw: Why it’s safe to take the under today.

SAN FRANCISCO >> After the Giants scored all nine runs Friday, and the Dodgers scored all 17 runs Saturday, the two teams will be hard-pressed to put up a crooked number in Sunday’s series finale.

Clayton Kershaw is starting for the Dodgers. He’s had the efficiency of a robot all season. Here are a few numbers that make it hard to believe he will allow a run today:

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Dodgers’ “Big Three” lined up to face Giants.

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Clayton Kershaw can match Orel Hershiser’s franchise record for single-season winning percentage by beating the Giants on Sunday. (Getty Images)

The Giants must face the Dodgers’ top three starters this weekend in San Francisco. Oh, and Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will all be pitching on an extra day’s rest.g

That’s about as good as Don Mattingly could have drawn it up.

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Clayton Kershaw is lined up to start the Dodgers’ first playoff game.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Clayton Kershaw‘s September starts have been lined up “for a while now.”

In theory, Kershaw would start Sunday in San Francisco, Sept. 19 in Chicago, and Sept. 24 at home against the Giants. That presumes that Kershaw takes every turn in the rotation in order, on schedule.

A few implications:

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Clayton Kershaw’s ping pong tournament going strong in second year.

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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (holding the Stella Artois can) and comedian George Lopez play ping pong Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


When Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul team up, how can they lose?

On a superficial level, Thursday night proved it was possible. Columnist Jill Painter reports that the two were bounced in the first round of Kershaw’s second annual “Ping Pong 4 Purpose” charity event at Dodger Stadium.

In all the ways that matter, Kershaw carried the day. A slew of Hollywood celebrities and Dodger players participated in the event, whose proceeds benefit Kershaw’s Challenge. From Jill’s column:

The money raised from the event will go toward building another orphanage in Africa and money to help pay for surgeries and medical care. In addition, funds will help the Dream Center, an organization that helps people move from the street to transitional housing.

Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.