Clayton Kershaw enters new territory

He loses to Padres, but he's approaching career highs for innings and getting stronger

Updated: September 8, 2010, 2:59 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- As the Los Angeles Dodgers' season heads into what appears to be a dreary home stretch, their prized young left-hander, Clayton Kershaw, is heading into uncharted territory. Although they are probably crossing their fingers and holding their breath, club officials apparently don't plan to stop him.

After Tuesday night's game, a 2-1 defeat to the San Diego Padres before 20,071 at Petco Park in which Kershaw took the loss for the sixth time this season in a game in which the Dodgers ...

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