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Clayton Kershaw struggled in the beginning before turning into an ace over the past six weeks, Chad Billingsley and Vicente Padilla have both logged time on the disabled list and John Ely and Carlos Monasterios have pitched lately like exactly what they are: a pair of rookies who were forced into the starting rotation long before team officials ever intended for them to be. For the most part, though, Kuroda has been a testament to consistency, not only in terms of his pitching but also in terms of his seemingly unflappable personality -- all of which made him the one guy who could best handle what was heaped upon him Sunday night in a 2-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox before a sellout crowd of 37,430 at Fenway Park. It underscored once again the sad fact that while the Dodgers might be one of the elite teams in the mostly laughable National League, they still aren't much of a match for a good American League team.
|With injuries to Chad Billingsley and Vicente Padilla along with Clayton Kershaw's tough start, Hiroki Kuroda (6-5) is the closest thing to consistent the Dodgers have in their starting pitching rotation.|