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.