Today is Clayton Kershaw‘s 27th birthday. Yesterday, he won the clubhouse doubles ping-pong tournament with partner Corey Seager. His wife and newborn daughter are in town and, in perhaps the best present of all, Kershaw doesn’t have to leave them to attend the Dodgers’ two-game trip to San Antonio this weekend. He’ll start tomorrow for the Dodgers against the A’s in Mesa instead.
According to odds released yesterday by Bovada, Kershaw is also the preseason favorite to win his fourth Cy Young Award. Only Steve Carlton, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson have done this in the National League; Johnson also won the award once in the American League. Roger Clemens holds the most, with seven (six in the AL, one in the NL).