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OKC Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw completes 4 1/3 innings in rehab start

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Clayton Kershaw completed 4 1/3 strong innings in his first start of the 2019 season as he works his way back from shoulder soreness.

The 31-year-old left-hander allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out six as his fastball touched 90 mph at times.

He opened the game by walking San Antonio’s Corey Ray, but then faced the minimum in the inning after later picking off Ray at first base.

San Antonio’s Tyrone Taylor greeted Kershaw with a first-pitch home run to open the second. Jacob Nottingham also drove in a run later in the inning with a shallow single to right field.

Kershaw struck out the side in the third and worked around a lead-off single by Troy Stokes in the fourth.

A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw did not pitch in a spring training game this season following his shoulder soreness. He last pitched for OKC in 2017, throwing five innings in a rehab assignment for a back injury.

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Clayton Kershaw pitches for Oklahoma City in the first inning during a minor league baseball game between the San Antonio Missions and the Oklahoma City Dodgers at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 4, 2019. Kershaw pitched four and a third innings in the rehab start. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Clayton Kershaw pitches for Oklahoma City in the first inning during a minor league baseball game between the San Antonio Missions and the Oklahoma City Dodgers at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 4, 2019. Kershaw pitched four and a third innings in the rehab...

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