Pitching With a Purpose

The Los Angeles Dodgers are on a historic run. Although their 10-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday, they joined the 1941 New York Yankees and the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals for the best 50-game stretch in major league baseball history: 42 wins and eight losses. Clayton Kershaw -- an ace among aces on the Dodgers pitching staff -- hurled eight shutout innings in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies to pick up his 12th win of the season and lower his major league-best ERA to 1.80.

"Kersh is kind of what we're all about," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters after the game. "He doesn't take a hitter off. Every pitch has a purpose."

Indeed it does -- in more ways than one.

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