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Clayton Kershaw built to just be great

23-year-old Dodgers left-hander 'someone who seeks the biggest game of the year'

Originally Published: June 9, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

For most pitchers, having gaudy career numbers, an Opening Day start, two postseason starts, a 95 mph fastball and a calcifying curveball, all at age 23, would be enough to keep them satisfied for another year. Not Clayton Kershaw. He said "it was time to try something else,'' so he added a slider and refined his changeup this year, a decision that speaks to who he is and where he's going, a decision that didn't surprise anyone.

"He's a rare breed,'' Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach ...

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