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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Made Incredible Personal History in Friday’s Win Over the Yankees

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 8-4 on Friday night in the first game between the teams since 2019. Clayton Kershaw got the call for LA in the series opener, and was absolutely dominant, going seven innings and allowing just two earned runs while striking out nine.

After struggling in May coming off a National League Pitcher of the Month Award in April, this was the exact kind of start Kershaw needed to get himself back on track as we enter June.

However, this win for Kershaw wasn’t just any win.

On Friday night, Kershaw got his first career win over the Yankees. With that win, Kershaw has now beaten every team he’s faced in the regular season, and is only yet to beat two teams (not including the Dodgers): The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

Kershaw has never faced either of those teams in the regular season, but with the new schedule rules, could have a chance to face them this season.

The Dodgers take on the Orioles on July 17-19 in their second series after the All-Star break. We’ll see if Kershaw is on line to pitch at any point during that series.

Then, a month later, the Dodgers will travel to Boston to face the Red Sox from August 25-27. That’ll be a weekend full of reunions on both sides of the field, but we’ll see if Kershaw ends up going for history, trying to secure a win against every MLB team aside from the one he played for his entire career.

Either way, Friday night was yet another incredible accomplishment in Kershaw’s storied career. After a rough May, he got back on track in dominant fashion in June. Mookie Betts — who went 4-for-4 with two home runs — said it best after the game when he was asked how Kershaw was able to put his rough May behind him on Friday night:

“I think that’s just why he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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