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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.

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Kershaw (21-3) led the Dodgers to a National League West-clinching victory over the Giants on Wednesday, allowing one run on eight hits with 11 strikeouts over eight innings.

Kershaw, who is a Cy Young Award lock, continues to make his case as NL MVP. The left-hander found himself in trouble a couple times during the game, but was able to get out of the jam each time and even hit an RBI triple of his own. Kershaw ends the regular season with a jaw-dropping 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 228:31 K:BB ratio in 198.1 innings.

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Kershaw registered his 20th victory of the season Friday afternoon, as he allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks while piling up nine strikeouts in a 14-5 rout of the Cubs.

Kershaw certainly was not at top form Friday, but he did not have to be after the Dodgers' lineup plated six runs in the top of the first and 14 total for the afternoon. The 26-year-old southpaw has now reached the 20-win threshold for the second time in his career and seems to be a virtual lock to pick up his third NL Cy Young Award. Kershaw is slated to make one more regular season start in 2014, which should come Wednesday against the Giants.

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Kershaw tossed eight innings of two-run ball Sunday against the Giants to improve to 19-3.

...and his ERA actually goes up, from 1.67 to 1.70. We could cherry-pick from among a host of unbelievable stats on Kershaw's 2015 campaign, but for now we'll just note that he's gone at least eight innings in each of his last seven starts.

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Kershaw allowed three runs, only one of them earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out eight Padres on Monday for his league-leading 18th win of the season.

Kershaw was hurt by some shoddy Dodgers defense, but pitched his way out of any major damage. The lefty is getting National League MVP buzz to go along with his shoe-in Cy Young Award status. Only seven pitchers have won both awards in either league, Justin Verlander being the most recent in 2011. Kershaw will face the rival Giants on the road Sunday.