Clayton Kershaw joins an elite group

September, 4, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- When Clayton Kershaw struck out pinch hitter Jesus Guzman in the seventh inning, he nudged his way into a pretty tight circle.

It gave Kershaw 200 strikeouts this year, making him only the fifth L.A. Dodger to do it three seasons in a row. The others: Sandy Koufax (1961-66), Don Drysdale (1962-65), Hideo Nomo (1995-97) and Fernando Valenzuela (1984-86).

Tuesday also was Kershaw's 22nd quality start, good for second in the National League.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.300 15 66 84
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 25
RBIA. Gonzalez 111
RD. Gordon 90
OPSY. Puig .873
WC. Kershaw 20
ERAC. Kershaw 1.80
SOC. Kershaw 228