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Clayton Kershaw wins 20th and Dodgers clinch playoff berth
Clayton Kershaw wins 20th and Dodgers clinch playoff berth

As is often the case after his victories, Clayton Kershaw downplayed his performance Friday and highlighted the contributions of his teammates. Only this time, his words reflected reality, not his modesty. Kershaw became baseball's first 20-game winner on a day he wasn't close to his best, as the Dodgers scored six runs in the first inning and blasted four home runs in a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Kershaw (20-3) was charged with three runs and went only five innings, making 106 pitches. The last time he was in a game for fewer than seven innings was more than three months ago, when he pitched all five innings of a rain-shortened win over the Colorado...

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