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All eyes again on Clayton Kershaw

8/20/2012

The Dodgers have the right person in the right place tonight. It's not just that Clayton Kershaw is their best pitcher, but that he has dominated the San Francisco Giants throughout his young career.

In 14 starts against San Francisco, Kershaw is 7-3 with a 1.34 ERA. According to Elias, only two other starting pitchers since 1920 have had more than 100 innings pitched and a 1.50 ERA against one team. The other two guys: Sandy Koufax (Mets) and Mel Stottlemyre (Angels).

What makes Kershaw's season -- 11-6 with a 2.90 ERA -- more impressive is that he admitted to reporters in May that he has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, a painful and sometimes debilitating injury, in his left foot.

"I think he’s probably still got it, but nobody talks about it because he’s not trying to find an excuse why he’s not throwing shutouts," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I think it’s just not going away, it’s just something he’s learned to deal with more this season."

Here are lineups for Monday's matchup of elite lefties Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner:

San Francisco

Angel Pagan CF

Marco Scutaro 2B

Pablo Sandoval 3B

Buster Posey C

Hunter Pence RF

Joaquin Arias SS

Brandon Belt 1B

Gregor Blanco

Bumgarner P

Dodgers

Shane Victorino LF

Mark Ellis 2B

Matt Kemp CF

Hanley Ramirez SS

Andre Ethier RF

Juan Rivera 1B

Luis Cruz 3B

A.J. Ellis C

Kershaw P