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Kershaw was hit in the face by a comebacker during the third inning of Friday's split-squad loss to the A's, but escaped with just a chipped tooth and a sore jaw, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The incident certainly provided a scare, as Kershaw collapsed in front of the mound and his teammates rushed to his side, but the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner shook it off. He stayed in the game, completing two-plus innings after being struck, and even went to the bullpen for more work following his exit from the game. Kershaw allowed one run on three hits and no walks with four strikeouts in his five innings.

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Kershaw struggled with his command a bit Sunday against the Mariners, walking three and allowing one run in 3.1 innings.

We think he'll recover. Kershaw has allowed two runs in 8.1 innings this year as he attempts to win his fourth Cy Young trophy in five years.

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Kershaw has been confirmed as the team's Opening Day starter, set to take place April 6 at home against San Diego, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

In other news, it's possible Mike Trout will be the Angels' Opening Day center fielder and that Greg Holland will be the Royals' closer. Sarcasm aside, this will be Kershaw's fifth consecutive Opening Day start, and one in which he's likely to be opposed by James Shields.

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Kershaw is slated to start Thursday's spring training game against the White Sox, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.

This will be the Dodgers' second spring training game, with Erik Bedard penciled in as the starter for Wednesday's tilt.

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Kershaw was named the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

A day after being named the NL Cy Young winner, Kershaw was recognized as having the best year of any player at any position in the NL with his first career MVP. Signed to a record $215 million contract in January, Kershaw went on to go 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 239:31 K:BB over 198.1 innings. It ended on a low note, as the lefty struggled in the NLDS (7.82 ERA), but Kershaw's 2014 was truly a season for the ages.

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Kershaw was named the 2014 NL Cy Young winner, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.

At 25-years-old, it's already the third Cy Young award for Kershaw. This may have been his most dominant season yet, posting a 21-3 record with a 1.77 ERA. He had a great K:BB ratio, with 239 strikeouts and just 31 walks. As a finalist for the NL MVP, this may not be the only hardware he receives for his dominance in 2014.

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Kershaw will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Tuesday, according to manager Don Mattingly, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

The team seemed to be hesitant to start Kershaw on three days of rest after the ace had one of the worst outings of his career in Game 1 on Friday, allowing six earned runs in the seventh inning alone. However, Mattingly made the call to go with the Cy Young favorite in what will be an elimination game for either the Dodgers or Cardinals, depending upon what transpires during Monday's Game 3.

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The Dodgers are undecided as to whether Kershaw will pitch in Game 4, according to manager Don Mattingly, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kershaw was spotted a five-run lead in Game 1, but he completely imploded in the seventh inning, giving up six earned runs in the frame to take the loss to St. Louis. There's no guarantee the Dodgers will even push the series to four games, but if they do, they may turn elsewhere for Game 4, as Kershaw would be pitching on short rest. Dan Haren would be the most likely candidate to get the nod.

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Kershaw, who is in line to start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, finished with a 1.77 ERA in 198.1 innings to become the first pitcher in baseball history to win four consecutive ERA titles.

Kershaw also led the league in wins with 21, complete games six, and he missed a strikeout title by a mere three punchouts. He's a lock for the NL Cy Young and should garner heavy MVP consideration.

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Kershaw will throw a simulated game Sunday afternoon, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

The Dodgers are simply trying to get their ace some regular work, as he last pitched Wednesday against the Giants, and likely won't pitch again until Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.