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Clayton Kershaw to start Game 4

Updated: October 7, 2013, 7:45 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The decision to start Clayton Kershaw on three days' rest for the first time in his career Monday night was all about Kershaw's wishes and having Zack Greinke as a backup plan, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

"After Game 1, [Kershaw] was barking right after the game that he was ready for Game 4," Mattingly said.

The Dodgers were certain they would start Kershaw on short rest if Monday were an elimination game for them, but even after beating ...

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