Dodgers Spring Training Video: Kershaw Freezes Abreu With Curveball

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Reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw made his Spring Training debut on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox. Kershaw needed struck out three in just two innings as he earned the win in the Dodgers’ victory.

One strikeout in particular stood out in Kershaw’s performance that suggested he’s already in midseason form. Already with one strikeout to his name in the first inning, Kershaw froze last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, Jose Abreu, with a curve ball to end the first inning.

Kershaw’s curve is one of the more dominant pitches in all of baseball and he made sure to put it on display against the White Sox. The fact that it came against Abreu, who hit a home run off Kershaw last season, made it even more impressive.

Kershaw had an excellent showing overall, needing only 20 pitches to mow down the six hitters he faced and without allowing a hit or issuing a walk.

The Dodgers defeated the White Sox 6-1 and will continue their spring schedule on Friday as they have split-squad games against the Seattle Mariners (home) and the Milwaukee Brewers (road). Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, is Kershaw getting Abreu looking:

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  1. I might have this wrong but doesn’t Kersh normally start slow in the spring? I think we can agree that wasn’t a slow start 😛 Come on you Dodgers!

  2. Yes he normally is a slow starter. That curve was wicked. But so was the slider guys were walking away shaking their heads. On the after game show Garciaparra was cracking up saying “how can you hit that”. The guy is amazing. All the pitchers today looked good. Even Hatcher with runners on came right at the batter. League looked really good. He throws a heavy ball and the improvement in defense at 2nd and SS should help him. Of course Grandal has to catch it which may cause other issues…..

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