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WSH@LAD: Kershaw fans six over eight dazzling frames

Off to their best start in 19 years, there's no one the Dodgers would rather have on the mound looking to continue that than lefty Clayton Kershaw.

The National League's reigning Cy Young Award winner gets the call in the rubber match of a three game set between the Dodgers and the Rockies. Kershaw will be opposed by fellow southpaw Drew Pomeranz.

The 23-year-old Pomeranz (0-1, 5.40) left his last start with forearm tightness, but Rockies manager Jim Tracy said immediately after the game that he didn't expect him to miss any time. It appears Tracy will be proven right.

"It just scared me, because I didn't know what it was," Pomeranz said Saturday. "It could have just been a cramp, or it could have been anything. I just don't like to feel [new] things."

It'll be a tall task for Pomeranz in facing Kershaw, who has posted a 2-0 mark with a 1.78 ERA this year. After three straight no-decisions to start the season, Kershaw has won each of his last two starts. He lasted a season-high eight innings his last time out -- a Dodgers victory over the Nationals on Friday.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers -- 17-7 for the first time since 1983 -- pounded the Rockies for seven runs and 14 hits, and perhaps most importantly for Los Angeles, the production came from throughout the order.

For much of the season, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have provided the majority -- if not all -- of the offense. They both chipped in Tuesday, but so did the other six bats, as everyone in the starting lineup (minus starting pitcher Ted Lilly) notched a hit. Shortstop Dee Gordon's was his first career home run.

Dodgers: Sale of team complete
The sale of the Dodgers became official on Tuesday, as Guggenheim Baseball Management closed its $2 billion purchase of the club and Dodger Stadium from Frank McCourt.

Just a couple of hours before Wednesday's game, the Dodgers will hold a 10 a.m PT news conference at Dodger Stadium, which will be streamed live at

Mark Walter, CEO of Guggenheim Partners, will be the controlling partner; longtime sports executive Stan Kasten will be president and CEO; and former Laker great Magic Johnson will be a part-owner with a public role.

Rockies: Defense key for slumping Rosario
Catcher Wilin Rosario, who has thrown out five of the 11 runners who have tried to steal against him this season, will likely get the start on Wednesday in place of Ramon Hernandez.

Offensively, however, the 23-year-old is hitting just .219 with a .642 OPS in 34 plate appearances.

"I got away from my rhythm, my tempo, and that's what I've worked on the last couple of days," said Rosario, who had a pinch-hit single on Tuesday. "I feel better, more comfortable. I'm confident that I'll be good. I'm learning what I can from Ramon, and I'll be ready for my chance."

Worth noting
• Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis has reached base in 15 consecutive games after his 2-for-4 performance in Tuesday's contest. In his last seven games, he is hitting .435.

• Todd Helton's 45 homers against Los Angeles are the most he has hit against any club.

• Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .379 against the Dodgers in his career.

• Of the six Rockies with 10 or more plate appearances against Kershaw, only Eric Young is hitting above .300. He has posted a .308 average with no extra-base hits. Comments