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Clayton Kershaw is now among the elite

No longer an up-and-comer, the Dodgers' ace has risen to be one of baseball's best

Updated: July 21, 2011, 2:18 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- I've been resisting the urge to do this for a few weeks now, maybe even all season. But it became clear Wednesday, during the late innings of a game that was so riveting it almost made you forget you were watching a first-place team trying to return to the World Series against a last-place team just trying to get through what is left of a dreary season.

Clayton Kershaw may now be counted -- strike that, must now be counted -- as one of the best starting pitchers in the ...

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