When his outing was over, when the three home runs had landed, Clayton Kershaw climbed the steps that connect the ballpark at Camelback Ranch with the Dodgers clubhouse. At times on Friday night, he looked fierce, carving up the Seattle Mariners with precise usage of his fastball, curveball and slider.
And on three separate occasions, he craned his neck toward the sky to watch baseballs take flight. The three homers combined for four runs across five innings in Kershaw’s fifth Cactus League start.
“It’s always good to be humbled,” Kershaw said. “So this was a good one for me tonight.”
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