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Kershaw returns with shutout ball, Dodgers top Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- Clayton Kershaw admitted he was nervous about making his first start in six weeks.

Apparently it's nothing new. He just hides it well.

Kershaw pitched seven shutout innings in his first outing since opening day, and Hanley Ramirez and Drew Butera homered to help the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Washington Nationals 8-3 Tuesday night.

''I'm always nervous, every time I start,'' Kershaw said. ''You want to do well. Same type of nerves tonight, but after the first inning I was able to settle in OK.''

Kershaw (2-0) was stubborn in his return after missing 32 games, allowing nine hits, but striking out nine without a walk, and pitching out of several jams while the game was still close.

The two-time NL Cy Young winner had been on the disabled list for the first time in his career, sidelined by a strained back muscle after winning March 22 in the major league opener in Australia.

''He shows you right away what you've been missing,'' said manager Don Mattingly, whose Dodgers began the day third place in the N.L. West. ''Just a guy that brings that to the table every five days. It's a little reminder of who he is and what he means to you.''

The Dodgers collected 14 hits despite keeping outfielder Yasiel Puig out for the second straight game since he crashed into an outfield wall in the ninth inning Sunday at Miami.

Coming off a pair of minor league rehabilitation starts, Kershaw threw 89 pitches.

''I missed pitching in the big leagues,'' he said. ''It's a special thing we get to do and I try not to take it for granted, so six weeks felt like a long time.''

Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth singled to start the fourth against Kershaw, but Adam LaRoche popped out and Kershaw struck out Scott Hairston and Ian Desmond.

In the sixth, Rendon led off with a single, but Kershaw picked him off. Werth and LaRoche followed with singles before Kershaw again fanned Hairston and Desmond.

''He was nasty,'' Washington's Jose Lobaton said. ''He was right in the zone. He was throwing strikes, aggressive, big curveball.''

Werth had four hits and Blake Treinen (0-1), making his first major league start, allowed three unearned runs in five-plus innings.

The 25-year-old Treinen was called up from Triple-A Syracuse to make the start and matched Kershaw for five innings. He allowed seven hits and no walks, while striking out two.

He was part of his own undoing, however, when the Dodgers loaded the bases in the sixth inning on three balls that didn't leave the infield.

Kershaw's hustle started the rally. Treinen misplayed his leadoff grounder and Kershaw hustled down the line and just beat the throw.

''With Kersh you get a guy that's going to just be kind of all in every day, in every aspect, from running to hitting to fielding, the whole package,'' Mattingly said

Dee Gordon's grounder to first base was bobbled by LaRoche, though the play was ruled a hit.

Carl Crawford followed with a dribbler up the first base line for a single and, with the bases loaded, Ramirez singled to right, scoring Kershaw and ending Treinen's night.

After reliever Craig Stammen fanned Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Gordon, then Juan Uribe's broken-bat single made it 3-0.

The Dodgers added a run in the seventh, and four in the eighth when Ramirez homered leading off and Butera capped the inning with a three-run shot for an 8-0 lead.

Chris Perez relieved for the Dodgers to begin the eighth and gave up three runs.

Notes

Puig said before the game he was ready to return. Mattingly said Puig might be used as a pinch hitter or defensive replacement. ... Los Angeles 1B Adrian Gonzalez (0 for his last 15) was given the night off. ... Nationals OF Nate McLouth had a bandaged right hand following his diving catch in foul territory during Monday night's game. The cut didn't require stitches and McLouth said he was available to play. ... Washington C Wilson Ramos (hand) took regular batting practice Tuesday and pronounced himself ''ready to go.'' He could rejoin the team as early as Wednesday. ... Nationals manager Matt Williams said the latest X-rays on 3B Ryan Zimmerman (right thumb) ''were great, and he's on path to begin his rehab as soon as possible.'' ... Former Nationals pitcher Dan Haren (4-0, 2.39) opposes Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 3.60) in Wednesday's series finale.

 
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Clayton Kershaw strikes out nine and pitches seven shutout innings in his return. (USATSI)
Clayton Kershaw strikes out nine and pitches seven shutout innings in his return. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Werth
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B5220010 .344
Carl Crawford, LF5130000 .245
Hanley Ramirez, SS5132001 .267
Matt Kemp, CF4120125 .253
Andre Ethier, RF5121003 .247
Juan Uribe, 3B4011003 .323
Scott Van Slyke, 1B4000025 .268
Drew Butera, C3113010 .222
Clayton Kershaw, P3100001 .167
   a-Justin Turner, PH1000000 .176
   Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
   Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Totals39814716  
a-grounded out for Kershaw in the 8th
Batting
3B - Dee Gordon (3, Stammen)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (4, Detwiler), Drew Butera (2, Detwiler)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (15), Andre Ethier (16), Juan Uribe (17), Drew Butera 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Uribe (9), Drew Butera 3 (4)
CS - Carl Crawford (2, 2nd base by Stammen/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Gordon-Van Slyke, Uribe-Gordon-Van Slyke-H. Ramirez-Gordon-Van Slyke
E - Hanley Ramirez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (W,2-0) 7900090 0.66
Chris Perez 0.2333310 3.60
Jamey Wright (H,2) 0.1000000 2.89
Kenley Jansen 1000010 3.31
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 89-68, Chris Perez 34-16, Jamey Wright 3-2, Kenley Jansen 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-5, Jamey Wright 1-0, Kenley Jansen 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 28, Chris Perez 8, Jamey Wright 1, Kenley Jansen 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5000015 .241
Anthony Rendon, 3B5130020 .304
Jayson Werth, RF5141000 .306
Adam LaRoche, 1B3010003 .324
   a-Tyler Moore, PH-1B1100100 .200
Scott Hairston, LF4010026 .429
Ian Desmond, SS3000125 .231
Danny Espinosa, 2B4000024 .258
Jose Lobaton, C4012011 .250
Blake Treinen, P2010010 .333
   Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
   b-Kevin Frandsen, PH1010000 .279
   Ross Detwiler, P0000000 .000
   c-Zach Walters, PH0000100 .188
   Aaron Barrett, P0000000 .000
Totals373123311  
a-walked for LaRoche in the 8th
b-singled for Stammen in the 7th
c-walked for Detwiler in the 8th
Batting
3B - Anthony Rendon (3, Perez)
RBI - Jayson Werth (17), Jose Lobaton 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Lobaton 2 (3)
PK - Anthony Rendon (1, Kershaw)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche, Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche-Espinosa-LaRoche, Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche-Espinosa-LaRoche-Stammen-Desmond-Espinosa
E - Scott Hairston (1, Dropped fly), Blake Treinen (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blake Treinen (L,0-1) 5730020 0.77
Craig Stammen 2210020 3.26
Ross Detwiler 1344102 4.02
Aaron Barrett 1200020 0.84
HBP - Butera (by Craig Stammen)
Pitches-Strikes - Blake Treinen 72-49, Craig Stammen 35-23, Ross Detwiler 22-14, Aaron Barrett 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Blake Treinen 7-5, Craig Stammen 2-1, Ross Detwiler 1-2, Aaron Barrett 1-0
Batters Faced - Blake Treinen 21, Craig Stammen 8, Ross Detwiler 7, Aaron Barrett 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30143
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - John Tumpane