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Clayton Kershaw's rise may just stick

Young pitcher outduels Lincecum in Dodgers' win and seems ready to join the elite

Updated: April 1, 2011, 10:02 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- On a day that began with the Los Angeles Dodgers doing the one thing they seem to do well these days -- which is celebrate their glorious past, this time with Fernando Valenzuela throwing out the ceremonial first pitch -- another promising young left-hander began to forge his own Opening Day legend.

But when the euphoria clears from Clayton Kershaw's decisive takedown of the World Series champions and the Dodgers' season-opening, 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants before ...

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