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No middle ground for Kershaw

Dodgers' young lefty has had to deal with high expectations since the day he signed

Updated: May 13, 2010, 6:09 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Clayton Kershaw has never really had the luxury of a middle ground.

The promising Dodgers left-hander, the kid who was drawing comparisons to Sandy Koufax almost from the moment he was drafted out of a suburban Dallas high school nearly four years ago, will take the mound in the second game of a three-game series at San Diego on Saturday night. If he pitches well, as he did when he turned in eight shutout innings in his most recent start Sunday against Colorado, he will be anointed by fans ...

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