The Dodgers' Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw haven't played like the stars they are in spring training, but both are wise enough beyond their combined 52 years to not dwell on results in March. Neither player sounded like a man with a monkey off his back Sunday, even if Kershaw didn't allow an earned run in five innings and Kemp went 2 for 2 with an RBI single against the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw, who had allowed eight earned runs in eight innings prior to Sunday's start, offered a half-hearted "sure" when asked if he needed that kind of a performance. "I'm just honest," he said. "I call it like I see it. Everybody wants to do well whether it's spring training or not." Kershaw conceded to having "not a confident feeling" after his last outing against the San Diego Padres. In that game, he allowed seven hits and four earned runs in three innings. Sunday seemed more like a real Kershaw start. He got to pitch five innings, the longest outing for any Dodgers pitcher this spring. With both teams abandoning the designated hitter, Kershaw also got to bat for the first time all spring and delivered an RBI single in two at-bats. The Rockies' lineup featured potentially half of their expected opening-day group, but not stars Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton.
Kemp, Kershaw trying to remain patient
L.A. Daily News | Mar 11