Kershaw nixed appeal to help team

Updated: July 27, 2010, 9:41 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw said Tuesday his decision to drop his appeal and immediately begin serving a five-game, league-imposed suspension had to do with minimizing the impact of his absence on the club.

"The appeal date was set for [Thursday]," Kershaw said. "That would have been four days past my last start [on Sunday against the New York Mets], so if I had lost five more days, that wouldn't have been fair to the team. I still don't agree with the suspension, ...

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