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Clayton Kershaw ranks among the greats after third Cy Young win
Clayton Kershaw ranks among the greats after third Cy Young win

They’ve known he was special since the beginning. He was a hard-throwing left-hander with a curve that buckled knees. They started comparing him to Sandy Koufax when he was all of 19. Now there is more reason for the comparison. Wednesday he matched Koufax with his third Cy Young award. If, as with any other comparison to Koufax, that is slightly unfair – Koufax won his three when only one award was given out, not one to each league – there seems little doubt now we are witnessing the greatest Dodger of his generation. Kershaw is that special kind of player parents will tell their children about, whose teammates will boast of having played with. He just pitched...

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