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Clayton Kershaw stands up for Dodgers, and they don't back down
Clayton Kershaw stands up for Dodgers, and they don't back down

Of all the whistling and winding throws by Clayton Kershaw on a hot and hostile Sunday night, this pitch was the wildest. Yet three months from now, this pitch might be remembered as the best. Delivered at the start of the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday, thrown miles out of the strike zone but right on target, this pitch won't be remembered as a ball or a strike, but a message. "We're going to protect our guys," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Finally, somebody on a baseball team charged with being rich and spoiled and complacent has done exactly that. And, of course, his cap pulled low over a shaggy-haired glare, that...

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