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As a hitter, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw takes an outside-the-box approach

As a hitter, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw takes an outside-the-box approach

The appreciation for Clayton Kershaw trickled through the Dodgers dugout during his outing against Colorado last week. Accolades are customary for his performances on the mound, but these he earned with a bat in his hand.

After falling into an 0-2 count against Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, Kershaw held back on a pair of cutters that missed the strike zone, then fouled away a 93-mph fastball on the outer edge to extend the at-bat.

“Man,” backup infielder Rob Segedin joked to hitting coach Turner Ward, “he’s got the best two-strike approach on the team.”

The discipline and intensity that define Kershaw as a pitcher extend to his performance inside the batter’s box....

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