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tough start to the new campaign
MILWAUKEE -- Clayton Kershaw has set the bar so high for himself that a six-hit outing over eight innings qualifies as a subpar effort for the two-time Cy Young Award winner. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace walked two and allowed leadoff hitters to reach base in four of his first five innings but still came away with his 11th straight victory in a 5-1 win Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers. He struck out six, nearly five below his average per nine innings. This equates to "struggling" for Kershaw. "It was a struggle for him all day long. It felt like he was working hard but he kept battling and giving us chances," manager Don Mattingly said. Nevertheless, Kershaw (14-2) lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.78 and tied for the NL lead in victories. Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth off Jimmy Nelson (2-3), and the Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep in a matchup of divisional leaders. "It was a good one for us to bounce back and hopefully it gets us going in the right direction again," Mattingly said. Kershaw also reached base three times and had an RBI single in the eighth. On the mound, Kershaw benefited from base-running blunders and aggressive play by the Brewers that went awry. "Its fun to feel like a baseball player every once in a while," Kershaw said. "We get labeled as pitchers only sometimes so its fun to get some dirt on your jersey every once in a while." In the third, Nelson wasted his leadoff double after getting tagged out trying to advance from second on a grounder by Carlos Gomez. Later, Gomez was picked off first. Rickie Weeks hit a leadoff double in fifth. Two batters later, Jean Segura popped up a squeeze attempt caught by a charging Kershaw in front of the plate. He threw to third to easily double off Weeks. "I think anytime you face a pitcher like Kershaw, if you try to just get stagnant, I dont think much is going to happen," manager Ron Roenicke said. That strategy worked to perfection in the first. Gomez walked and stole second for his 25th steal of the year. Ryan Braun followed with an RBI single to stake Nelson to an early 1-0 lead. But after a strong first couple innings, Nelson appeared to have trouble keeping his sinker down. Nelson allowed eight hits and two runs in six innings -- too many against Kershaw, Gonzalez increased his season RBI total to 79. His run-scoring double in the seventh came after Carl Crawford singled and move to third following two throwing errors on a pickoff attempt. JIMMYS DAY Nelson could be in line to start against Kershaw again on Friday when the Brewers start a three-game series in Los Angeles. Consider Sunday a learning experience for Brewers rookie. "It is the high-stress pitches you want to stay away from. You dont want to have to battle through three of your six innings," he said. "I just have to get the ball in the zone earlier in the count and force them to have early swings." TRAINERS ROOM DODGERS: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right rib cage muscle retroactive to Saturday. Manager Don Mattingly said the team was being overly cautious, and that Ramirez may need just the minimum time to recover. BREWERS: Matt Garza, placed on the disabled list on Aug. 5 for a left rib cage muscle strain, wont start throwing again until he is "completely pain-free," manager Ron Roenicke said. He added that Garza will likely need more than 15 days to return. UP NEXT DODGERS: Dan Haren (9-9) is the scheduled starter Monday in Atlanta, though Mattingly said newly-acquired right-hander Kevin Correia (5-13) would likely take a spot turn to give the rest of the rotation extra rest. Los Angeles is in the midst of a 20-day stretch without a day off. BREWERS: Milwaukee assured itself of a winning homestand against top NL West teams San Francisco and Los Angeles after taking the first two games against the Dodgers. Roenicke promised the teams focus wouldnt change when a four-game series starts Monday against the last-place Cubs in Chicago. Yovani Gallardo (6-6) gets the start. Balenciaga Triple S 2020 Cheap . Clevelands manager had just watched his team lose 5-3 to Kansas City, which completed a 2-6 homestand and dropped the Indians 2 1/2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central. Balenciaga Sandals Sale . -- Canadas Nicole Vandermade won the Four Winds Invitational on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory. - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Balenciaga Speed Trainer Black Sale . His right arm rested in a sling and was encased in a cast from above the elbow to his hand. "Im excited," Fernandez said with a grin. Balenciaga Triple S Wholesale .m. on Friday. Granger was acquired from the Indiana Pacers last Thursday for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen, but never played a minute for Philadelphia. The 76ers also received a 2015 second-round draft pick in the deal.Jack Cork says Francesco Guidolin was a great manager for Swansea and believes the club have the players to start climbing the table. American Bob Bradley has been appointed at the Liberty Stadium, with Guidolin becoming the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season on Monday, which also happened to be his 61st birthday.However, midfielder Cork says he had great respect for Guidolin after he led the club to safety last season but admits the team have struggled for form in a tough start to the new campaign. Jack Cork has praised Guidolin after he left Swansea Things like this happen at football clubs. It is obviously going to be strange in the next week to see what happens at the football club, it is going to be tough. Different people are going to come in and obviously there is a new man coming in, he said. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Francesco was a great manager for us, he really helped us towards the end of last season and got us to where we wanted to be and, unfortunately, weve had a tough run of games this season and it has not happened.We did try to find some form in the last few games and unfortunately it wasnt enough but this sort of thing happens in football. It is unfortunate because I really had a lot of respect for Francesco and his staff. Well see what the new challenge brings. Swansea City have sacked Francesco Guidolin as manager and reeplaced him with former USA coach Bob Bradley Swansea have not won in the Premier League since the opening day of the season but Cork is adamant the team have the players to turn their poor early form around.ddddddddddddWeve got the same squad we had towards the end of last year with a few different additions and we did have a few good results last year, we had a good bit of form but weve had a tough start, like a few teams have in this league, he said. Swansea lost 2-1 to Liverpool at the weekend Im sure if everyone can play like we know we can with a good tempo and style then Im sure we can start pushing back up the league.Guidolin guided Swansea to safety last season after he replaced Garry Monk and Cork is hoping that former United States national team manager Bradley, who will leave Le Havre to take over the Swans, can have a similar impact. Former Swansea forward Dean Saunders believes the clubs decision to remove Francesco Guidolin as manager was too hasty It happened with us last year with Francesco coming in and it did help us push up the table but we will see what happens. Hopefully we can react in a similar way and get going again, he said.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Guidolin out, Bradley in Whats Bob Bradleys style? Reds strike late at Swansea Premier League grades ' ' '

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