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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Stays Dominant But Finally Gives Up First Hit of Spring

Three starts into his 2017 spring training, Clayton Kershaw was yet to concede a hit, let alone a run. He needed just three more innings until he reach the combined nine-inning no-hitter.

Mike Moustakas changed all of that with one swing of the bat when he took Kershaw deep in the 1st inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals.

Even though Kershaw gave up both his first hit and run in his Sunday afternoon start, there were many more positives that can be taken from it.

He added four more innings with one earned run, to the six shutout innings he already compiled over the last three starts. That leaves him with ten innings pitched and a 0.90 earned run average over four starts.

His final line for the day looked like this:

Dominating on the mound was not the only thing that Kershaw did today. He also took the team’s first at bat of the spring that came from a pitcher. An at bat in which he saw seven pitches and ended up with an infield single.

According to Alanna Rizzo of Sports Net LA, it was not pretty, but hey, it is a line drive in the box score.

Andy McCullough of the LA Times pointed out that Kershaw had given up as many hits as he had earned at the time of his infield single.

We have come to expect this kind of excellence from Clayton Kershaw day in and day out, yet he still seems to leave us in awe at what he contributes to the team in more ways than one.

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The Dodgers starting pitching staff has collectively shown their talent over the last few games, giving all fans a taste at what they could potentially see from the squad in 2017.

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