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

Trayce Thompson

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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Game 56: Why Clayton Kershaw didn’t need his best to win Saturday.

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Clayton Kershaw threw six shutout innings in the Dodgers’ 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Clayton Kershaw picked a good time for his shortest start of the season Saturday, a 4-0 Dodgers win. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Julio Urias‘ next major league start will be Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies.

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On closer inspection, Clayton Kershaw has walked three batters this season.

CHICAGO — SBNation.com seized upon a really good idea: to analyze all of Clayton Kershaw‘s five walks this season. Turns out, when you break it down, Kershaw might be more accurate than his 105-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio suggests.

Had the respective home plate umpires been more accurate calling balls and strikes, Kershaw would only have walked three batters this season. Three. See for yourself.

Now, don’t go readjusting his strikeout-to-walk ratio in your head on account of two walks that shouldn’t have been. After all, we can probably go back and analyze Kershaw’s 105 strikeouts and find a few where he benefited from borderline calls in his favor.

But man, three walks.

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Game 47: Dave Roberts makes a tough decision in Dodgers’ win over Reds.

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Yasiel Puig was removed from the Dodgers’ 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds for not running out this hit. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers took advantage of three errors and six free passes to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

The box score is here.

The photo gallery is here.

Will Clayton Kershaw pitch on normal rest Saturday or extra rest Sunday when the Dodgers visit the New York Mets this weekend? Dave Roberts is considering his options.

Yasiel Puig was removed for not hustling out a fly ball off the wall that he turned into a single in the sixth inning. Here’s what he and Roberts said about it after the game:
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