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Clayton Kershaw Leaves Opening Day Start After Three Innings With Stomach Flu

The second opening day start for Clayton Kershaw didn't go exactly how he had hoped. The ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers and reigning Cy Young Award winner has the stomach flu and was forced to leave his start after just three innings on Thursday. The Dodgers lead the San Diego Padres 2-0 after four innings.

Kershaw retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing two singles and a walk to load the bases in the bottom of the third. But Kershaw escaped damage with a strikeout of Chase Headley to preserve what at that time was a scoreless tie.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead.

Kershaw reportedly pleaded with manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt to make his start, per Vin Scully on the Dodgers television broadcast.

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