Dodgers vs. Twins:
Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw pulled after seven perfect innings in 1-hitter vs. Minnesota Twins
Clayton Kershaw was in prime form -- call it perfect -- in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving no concern about his health
after facing no resistance from the Minnesota Twins.
When the time came for manager Dave Roberts to relieve him, Kershaw didn't put up a fight, either.
Kershaw took a perfect game through seven innings for the Dodgers until he was pulled after 80 pitches, dominating the Twins with 13 strikeouts in 21 batters during a 7-0 victory on Wednesday.
Roberts consulted with Kershaw after the sixth, and the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner told him his preference: one more inning with an 85-pitch limit.
"I would have loved to have stayed, but bigger things, man, bigger things,'' Kershaw said.
So on a gray, windy, 38-degree afternoon at Target Field
Alex Vesia entered for the eighth to boos from the blue-clad Dodgers fans in the crowd of 17,101. Vesia gave up Minnesota's first and only hit -- a one-out single by Gary Sanchez.
Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux, and Austin Barnes hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the eighth against reliever Dereck Rodriguez, who made his Twins debut.
This was Kershaw's 66th career double-digit strikeout game in 380 regular-season appearances. The Twins became the 27th major league team he faced, missing only the Red Sox and Orioles.
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