Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw wraps up scoreless spring

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw didn’t Tug McGraw Jersey give up a run in spring training. The down side? It can only get worse from here.Of course, considering that the ace left-hander is a three-time Cy Young Award winner, that’s a relative thing.Kershaw stretched himself to 6 2/3 innings Friday against the Royals in his final spring outing, a 10-0 victory, and in the proce s ran his scorele s-innings streak to 21 1/3 innings this camp.”Everything I’ve been doing has geared toward keeping my back healthy,” Kershaw said (via the Los Angeles Times), referring to i sues that sidelined him in 2016 and ’17. “Right now, I feel great. I’m excited about that.”Interestingly, Kershaw’s velocity has been down a tick this spring, even falling into the upper 80-mph range,but it clearly didn’t affect his effectivene s.”The other day, there were some 87s [mph],” manager DaveRoberts said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a concern, but obviously Clayton wants to be in the 90-92 mph range. Today was more indicative of what we would expect. Opening day, an extra day [of rest this week], I think it’ll be the 90-93 mph.”The Times notes that “awinter of uncertainty awaits Kershaw” after the 2018 season as he can become a free agent for the first time. He has made more than 28 starts in a season only once since 2014.That’s why he is focused on maintaining his health, though he has proved that he can provide quality if not quantity when it comes to starts: He was limited to 27 in 2017, yet he recorded 18 victories, tied for the best in the National League.”Physically I feel great, which is good,” Kershaw said (via The A sociated Pre s). “I’ve obviously pitched in the playoffs before, but finishing on Nov. 1, you never know how the extra couple of weeks will affect you. I feel good. I’m excited to get going and ready to feel a little bit of adrenaline.”The seven-time All-Star will make his eighth consecutive opening day start Thursday, when the defending NLchampion Dodgers host the Giants.