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Finally, some positive news: Clayton Kershaw named NL player of the week

June 27, 2011 |  7:36 pm

Clayton-kershaw_350 Clayton Kershaw, who pitched two complete-game victories in the last seven days, was named the National League’s player of the week.

Kershaw pitched a shutout against the Detroit Tigers on June 20 and held the Angels to two runs on Sunday.

“I think if you pitch deep into games, whether you’re giving up runs or not, you’re giving your team a chance to win, you’re giving your bullpen a breather,” he said. “I think that, more than anything, is the important thing as a starter: Stay in there as long as you can, give your team a chance.”

Kershaw said he aspires to be like Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay, who leads the league with five complete games.

“I think Halladay, for me, personally, he’s the guy. There’s a lot of guys having really good years, but day in, day out, what he brings to that team… You just know, that team, when he goes out there, they’re feeling pretty good about their chances. That’s definitely where I’d like to get to.”


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Photo: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches his two-run single go into right field during a game against the Detroit Tigers last Monday. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Associated Press