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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Shines in Spring Debut

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Sep 6, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) reacts before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It was only one inning, but Clayton Kershaw looks healthy.

The Dodgers ace threw 12 pitches, with eight strikes, in his one inning of work Saturday afternoon. Kershaw added a strikeout.

Kershaw fell behind Melky Cabrera on a changeup he called “terrible.” He bounced back to strike-out Cabrera. Even so, he wasn’t satisfied.

“Fastball command wasn’t as good as I wanted it to, and that’s probably the most important thing that first time out?—?getting fastball command where you want it to be,” Kershaw said via Dodger Insider. “Everything works off that. I got behind every batter today, but the results are OK. I got three outs. I’ll take it for today, and get ready for the next one.”

If Kershaw stays healthy, he’ll be a heavy Cy Young favorite and the Dodgers will have a favorable chance of controlling the NL West.

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Written by Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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