Tuesday, March 04, 2008

LaRoche Homers, Kuroda Impressive, Kershaw Exciting


Dodgers' Spring Training record: 2-4-1


Kershaw's inning, from Tony Jackson:

A long day of baseball is finally over, but not before Clayton Kershaw came over from minor-league camp for his first taste of a major-league game ever. His inning was far from perfect, but it was in every way impressive. He started by giving up a towering home run to the first batter he faced, Luis Jimenez, then after striking out Felipe Lopez looking, Kershaw gave up a single to Ronnie Belliard and a double to Elijah Dukes before hitting Alex Escobar to load the bases with one out. Kershaw, who will turn 20 in about two weeks, then showed the poise of a big-league veteran, striking out Kory Casto and Humberto Cota in succession to leave the bases loaded. He froze Cota on a nasty breaking ball. Welcome to the big leagues, Clayton Kershaw.