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Clayton Kershaw to start Thursday exhibition game for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw will start on the mound Thursday in the Dodgers’ second game of the exhibition season, Manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers will face the Chicago White Sox that day at Camelback Ranch.

The two teams face each other Wednesday in their Cactus League openers. Nonroster pitcher Erik Bedard will start that game for the Dodgers.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday. Ryu threw on flat ground Friday after missing two days of workouts with tightness in his back.

Right-hander Joel Peralta could also throw off a mound Monday. Peralta, who experienced discomfort in his throwing shoulder shortly before camp, still hasn’t thrown a bullpen session.

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Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez supports new pace-of-game rules

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said he understands why baseball’s new pace-of-game rules are necessary.

“It’s a TV-driven game, at least the financials of it,” Gonzalez said. “TV wants the game to end in three hours. Everything that’s going on with increased payrolls is because of TV. We have to be OK with that. That’s the way the game is going. If they ask for us to keep the game under three hours, we have to try to keep the game under three hours.”

Gonzalez likes that rule violations will result in fines instead of automatic balls and strikes.

“I don’t think it should be a ball or a strike call because that completely changes the game,” he said. “You don’t want that, a ball or a strike without a pitch being thrown.

“The one thing we don’t want is for the game to change. But keeping a foot in the box isn’t changing the game. It’s changing the way people get ready for a pitch, but it’s not changing the game.”

The four-time All-Star said he would like for the fines to go to players’...

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Taking the smart approach to Dodgers' phenom Julio Urias

Easy now, tiger. I know you’re excited and all. Hype does tend to get the masses all slobbery.

Certainly there’s been no lack of hype over Dodgers pitching phenom Julio Urias. He’s only 18 and is already in the Top 10 of everyone’s national prospects list. This for a kid who’s pitched all of 142 innings in the minors.

Yet people are comparing him to Fernando Valenzuela, Felix Hernandez and Dwight Gooden. That’s what you call rarified company. What all had in common besides their dominance is, all were in the majors by the time they were 19.

So what do you do with a budding sensation like this? That’s the Dodgers’ situation. The choices are 1) continue to bring him along carefully; 2) plan to call him up this season; or 3) trade him now while the interest is high.

Trading him seems unappealing, regardless how little he’s proven and uncertain the future is with any 18-year-old prospect. There are no guarantees with a player that young, but he’s pitched in parts of two seasons and only...

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Jamie McCourt loses appeal, will remain $900 million short of a 50-50 split

Didn’t Vladimir Shpunt warn her about this?

Our old friend Jamie McCourt has lost her appeal to overturn her divorce agreement with ex-hubby Frank McCourt. Seems she’ll have to make do with that $131-million settlement and all that real estate she originally settled for.

Of course, millions don’t go as far as they once did. Jamie already dropped $11.25 million on a Napa vineyard. And now the judge has ordered her to pay Frank $1.9 million in legal fees for trying to overturn the divorce agreement. That can cut into a girl’s efforts to invest in exciting start-ups.

You can appreciate that Jamie felt she ultimately had failed to get a square deal in her divorce agreement, what with Frank going on to sell the Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion. This is California after all, a community property state.

Alas, a signed agreement is a signed agreement. Even if it does leave you over $900 million shy of a 50-50 split.

Jamie argued her ex had misled her about the value of the team and the...

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Sandy Koufax expects Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw to win in postseason

Sandy Koufax said he didn’t know what to make of the changes to the Dodgers roster or how teenage pitching prospect Julio Urias’ career will unfold.

What the 79-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher sounded certain about was this: Clayton Kershaw will triumph in the postseason.

“I think he’ll be in a lot more postseasons and I think it will be totally turned around,” Koufax said. “The best pitcher in baseball is not going to have that happen, probably never again.”

As he observed the Dodgers’ first full-squad workout of the spring Thursday, Koufax said he was shocked Kershaw lost twice to the St. Louis Cardinals in a National League division series last year. A longtime friend of Kershaw, Koufax is in his third year as a special advisor to team owner Mark Walter and is expected to be in camp for about a week.

Kershaw also lost twice to the Cardinals in the NL Championship Series in 2013. Koufax said he was encouraged by how Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings in a June 29 victory over the...

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Hyun-Jin Ryu remains sidelined for Dodgers' first full-squad workout

As the Dodgers walked over to the practice fields at Camelback Ranch for their first full-squad workout of the spring Thursday, Hyun-Jin Ryu remained sidelined because of stiffness in the middle of his back.

Ryu underwent an MRI exam after he missed the team’s workout Wednesday. The test didn’t reveal any structural damage and Manager Don Mattingly said he still wasn’t concerned about the left-hander’s condition.

Joe Peralta still hasn’t thrown a bullpen session, but Mattingly said he thought the veteran reliever would be ready for the start of the regular season.

Mattingly also said the Dodgers plan for 20-year-old Corey Seager to work out exclusively at shortstop in this camp. The consensus No. 1 prospect in the organization, Seager is viewed by many as a future third baseman.

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is in camp as a senior advisor and was expected to work with the pitchers.

Mattingly addressed the team in the morning in a lengthy meeting.

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