Kershaw is NL player of the week

After pitching 16 scoreless innings and winning two of the Dodgers' first six games, Clayton Kershaw earned National League Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.

Kershaw pitched a shutout versus the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day and sparked the Dodgers' late rally with a home run. It was only the second time a pitcher had thrown a shutout and hit a home run on Opening Day.

He followed that with seven shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1-0 win Friday night. Dating to the end of last year, Kershaw has not allowed a run in his last 20 innings.

The Dodgers are believed to be in talks with Kershaw's agent regarding a long-term contract extension. He would become a free agent after the 2014 season.