Clayton Kershaw

Yu Darvish has the benefit of strong bullpen with Dodgers

Yu Darvish has the benefit of strong bullpen with Dodgers

As Yu Darvish waited to return to the mound for the seventh inning Wednesday night, he was approached by Clayton Kershaw.

“How do you feel?” Kershaw said.

“I’m a little concerned,” Darvish replied.

Davish’s back was tight, as was six days earlier when he made his last start.

“We need you in six weeks,” Kershaw reminded him.

The short exchange, which Darvish later recalled in Japanese, was enough to convince the prized trade-deadline acquisition to prematurely depart from his first home start in a Dodgers uniform.

His performance was on the underwhelming side, as he served up three home runs that accounted for the three runs charged to him over six...

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