The Giants got a gift that would have ranked fairly high on a list that began with gold, frankincense and myrrh. As they were taking batting practice before Sunday night's game, the Dodgers announced they had scratched Clayton Kershaw with a hip injury.

Manager Don Mattingly assured reporters he would reinsert Kershaw into the rotation to face San Francisco in the season's final series, a three-gamer at Dodger Stadium that could become an exhibition for the Giants if current trends continue.