Dodgers Vs. Giants: Clayton Kershaw Beats Tim Lincecum Again, Wins 20th

Clayton Kershaw leads the major leagues with a 2.27 ERA and 242 strikeouts, and is tied for first with 20 victories.

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Don Mattingly Doesn't Favor Re-signing Jonathan Broxton

According to ESPN Los Angeles' Tony Jackson, Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly won't publicly approve re-signing their oft-injured closer Jonathan Broxton when he becomes a free agent this offseason. 

Mattingly spoke to the media after their  2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night, and had less than optimistic things to say about Broxton retuning to the Boys in Blue next year: 

"It's hard to encourage anything at this point,'' Mattingly said. "We don't know anything. Anybody who signs Brox at this point ... they will look at his medical records and look at his past, and it's a risk/reward thing.''    

The former All-star underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow this past Monday, removing a bone spur and a few other loose bodies floating around in there. He likely will face six to eight weeks of recovery before getting started on any rehabilitation necessary, which should give him enough time to be ready for Spring Training in 2012, if he can find somewhere to land that is.

"It's not really the kind of season you want to be coming off of (with free agency awaiting)," Mattingly acknowledged.    

Ouch. 

For more on the Dodgers, head over to True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Clayton Kershaw Wins 20th Game, 2-1

Clayton Kershaw out-dueled Tim Lincecum for an amazing fourth time this season on Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw allowed just one run while pitching into the eighth inning, and picked up his 20th victory of the season.

Kershaw is the first 20-game winner for the Dodgers since Ramon Martinez went 20-6 in 1990.

The Giants aren't officially for sale, but I'm fairly certain Kershaw has the deed to the team because he owns them. In six starts against the hated rivals from the north this season, Kershaw was 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA, with 8 walks and 49 strikeouts. The Dodgers' win also dealt a severe blow to the Giants' playoff hopes, and snapped an eight-game losing streak for San Francisco.

Asked about hurting the playoff hopes of his rivals, Kershaw dryly replied, "It's a shame," per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers scored a run with three consecutive singles in the first inning, then added another when Jerry Sands hit a home run off Lincecum in the second inning. Sands has 16 hits in his last 30 at-bats.

The Giants scored in the eighth inning when catcher Chris Stewart hit a home run over the left field wall to cut the Dodgers' lead to 2-1. Two walks later, Kershaw gave way to Kenley Jansen. Both Pablo Sandoval and Carlos Beltran were no match for Jansen, who struck them both out on seven pitches total, ending the threat.

Javy Guerra pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 19th save of the season.

The National League Cy Young Award is still up in the air with eight days remaining in the regular season, but Kershaw has a strong case. He leads the National League with 242 strikeouts, is tied for the NL lead with 20 wins, and leads the majors with a 2.27 ERA.

Cy Young or not, Kershaw has a rightful claim to a spot as one of the very best pitchers in baseball. For the last time at Dodger Stadium this season, Kershaw sent the fans home with a smile.

For more on Tuesday's game, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Tuesday Starting Lineups

The opener of the series at Dodger Stadium between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants features a pitching duel of the highest order. Clayton Kershaw is in search of his 20th victory of the season, and matches up with Tim Lincecum for the fourth time this season. Kershaw has won the first three of those meetings.

The Giants come to town red hot, winners of eight straight games, and thinking they might actually have a shot at the playoffs. The Dodgers are ready to play spoiler, and here are the starting lineups for the series opener:

Giants (83-70)

Torres CF
Keppinger 2B
Beltran RF
DeRosa 3B
Pill 1B
Cabrera SS
Christian LF
Stewart C
Lincecum P

Dodgers (76-76)

Gordon SS
Sellers 2B
Kemp CF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Miles 3B
Sands RF
Barajas C
Kershaw P

Tuesday night's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For a detailed series preview, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Matt Kemp Wins Roy Campanella Award

Matt Kemp is having a great season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and will be involved heavily in the discussion for National League MVP. We won't know the results of that award until November, but we do know now that Kemp won the 2011 Roy Campanella Award, given annually to the Dodger who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the former Brooklyn Dodger catcher.

The award is voted on by all Dodgers uniformed personnel, players and coaches, which shows Kemp's standing in the clubhouse. The Roy Campanella Award has been given out since 2006. Here are the past winners:

Kemp is hitting .320/.398/.565 this season with 34 home runs and 40 stolen bases, joining Raul Mondesi as the only Dodger members of the 30/30 club. Kemp leads the National League in both runs scored (103) and RBI (113). He will be presented with the award before Wednesday night's game at Dodger Stadium, by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan.

Tuesday night's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For a detailed series preview, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Clayton Kershaw In Line For 20th Win, Cy Young Boost As Dodgers Host Giants, Tim Lincecum

Clayton Kershaw leads the National League with a 2.30 ERA and 236 strikeouts, and is second with 19 victories.

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Misery Loves Company: Dodgers Ready To Play Spoiler With Giants In Town

Any combination of Braves wins and Giants losses totaling six will eliminate San Francisco from the National League wild card.

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