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Clayton Kershaw needs consistency

Updated: April 17, 2011, 10:56 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Before Saturday night's game, as Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked with reporters amid what at the time was a four-game losing streak, he was asked if it was reassuring to know that the team's "stopper," referring to left-hander Clayton Kershaw, was about to take the mound. It was an intriguing question, and made me wonder whether Kershaw was deserving of the title.

But as Kershaw demonstrated in the Dodgers' fifth consecutive defeat -- this time 9-2 ...

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