Clayton Kershaw didn't have his finest outing on Saturday night in Anaheim against the Angels, at least superficially. However, the Dodgers' southpaw remains a strong bet to make his first NL All-Star team when the rosters are announced Sunday morning on TBS. Just don't expect Kershaw to know right away whether or not he made the team.â†µ
With the generally nocturnal nature of baseball, players are often on weird sleep schedules, at least compared to the "normal" world of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. employment. As such, an All-Star selection show in the morning on the west coast isn't generally on the docket for TV viewing, even for a pitcher expected to hear his name called. After tonight's game in Anaheim, a 7-1 loss by the Dodgers, Kershaw was asked by reporters whether or not he would watch the All-Star selection show on TBS.â†µ
"What time is it?" Kershaw asked.â†µ
"9 a.m.," we said in unison.â†µ
"No shot," said Kershaw, almost immediately.â†µ
Kershaw gave up a whopping seven runs (six earned) in six innings, but other than the Vernon Wells home run he really wasn't hit all that hard. Kershaw also walked just one and had 10 strikeouts, which vaulted him back into the major league lead in punchouts this season with 138. Kershaw is 8-4 with a 3.28 ERA on the season, and is among the league leaders in several categories.â†µ
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