LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers thorws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers on June 20, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw Strikes Out 11 In Shutout Of Tigers

Clayton Kershaw has two shutouts in his last five starts.

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Clayton Kershaw Fans 11 In Two-Hit Shutout, Dodgers Beat Tigers 4-0

Clayton Kershaw did it all for the Dodgers on Tuesday, pitching a two-hit shutout and driving in two runs himself, guiding the Dodgers to a 4-0 win over the Tigers in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The southpaw struck out 11 Tigers and retired the final 13 batters of the game. It was the 11th career double-digit strikeout game for Kershaw.

It was the second shutout for Kershaw in his last five starts, and the third of his career. The last Dodger to pitch a shutout and collect at least two RBI was Derek Lowe on April 15, 2005. Kershaw improved to 7-3 on the season, and overtook Roy Halladay for the major league lead with 117 strikeouts.

The Dodgers tagged Detroit starter Brad Penny for single runs in the first and sixth innings. Juan Uribe, who entered the game in a 1-for-19 slump, hit a ball into the left field pavilion in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. It was Uribe's first home run since April 29, a span of 120 plate appearances. Doubles by James Loney and Dioner Navarro in the sixth gave the Dodgers a second run, and Kershaw's two-run single in the eighth inning provided the final margin.

The Dodgers got back-to-back shutouts for the first time since July 25-27 last season. Reliever Jonathan Broxton will begin a rehab assignment with Triple A Albuquerque on Tuesday. Chad Billingsley and Max Scherzer start in game two of the series at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Tigers: Monday Starting Lineups

The Dodgers continue their season-long 12-game homestand on Monday night as they welcome the Detroit Tigers to town for a three-game series. This is the second straight year that the Tigers have traveled to Los Angeles to play at Dodger Stadium, as they Dodgers took two of three last season. Clayton Kershaw starts the series opener for the Dodgers, against Brad Penny, who was a Dodger from 2004-2008. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Tigers (39-33)

Jackson CF
Wells LF
Ordonez RF
Cabrera 1B
Martinez C
Peralta SS
Raburn 2B
Worth 3B
Penny P

Dodgers (32-41)

Gordon SS
Uribe 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Thames LF
Navarro C
Carroll 2B
Kershaw P

Tonight is the fourth start in the last five games for Marcus Thames, who has nine hits in 52 at-bats this season. Since getting activated from the disabled list on June 6, Thames has three hits in 18 at-bats.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Begin Home Portion Of Interleague Play, Hosting Tigers At Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers begin the home portion of their interleague schedule on Monday night, opening a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Dodger Stadium. Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for his first win since May 29. Former Dodger Brad Penny gets the start for Detroit.

Kershaw is 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 15 starts this season, though he has struggled this month. In his first two starts of June, Kershaw allowed six runs each time, but rebounded to allow just one run in seven innings last Tuesday against Cincinnati. All three starts for Kershaw in June have resulted in no-decisions.

Penny, who was 46-33 with a 4.07 ERA in four and half seasons with the Dodgers, winning 16 games and making the All-Star team in both 2006 and 2007, is on his fourth team since leaving the Dodgers after 2008. This season in Detroit, Penny is 5-5 with a 4.93 ERA in 14 starts.

Matt Kemp, who is hitting .328/.415/.622 with 20 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 73 games this season, has moved into fourth place in All-Star voting among National League outfielders. Kemp is 5-for-17 with five walks through the first six games of the homestand.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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