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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw exited today's start with right lower back tightness, the team said. Not what you want to hear. He missed two and a half months with a herniated disk in his lower back last year.

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Adrián Beltré recorded two hits Sunday afternoon against the Rays, raising his career total to 2,989. Next up for the Rangers is a three-game set against the Marlins; Beltré has hit .361 in his career against the Marlins, his second-highest batting average against any opponent

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

You have to wonder if Clayton Kershaw's potential injury will motivate the Dodgers' front office to get even more aggressive after someone like Yu Darvish, even if it isn't necessarily serious. Darvish would only be a rental, one who can't be given a qualifying offer if traded, but the Dodgers can't take chances with a group this good.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Trayce Thompson pinch-hitting, so, Clayton Kershaw is officially out. Ross Stripling will take over to begin the third inning.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw disappeared into the trainers' room after the top half of the second inning, and now Ross Stripling is warming up. Looks like he will take it from here. No word yet on what might be ailing Kershaw, who has been pitching at his best.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodger Stadium just held its collective breath for a couple minutes. Clayton Kershaw was checked on by the Dodgers' trainer with two outs in the second, with rumors swirling about the team's interest in Yu Darvish. He threw a couple practice pitches and stayed in, ending the half-inning with a strikeout.

Rick Sutcliffe @Sut_ESPN

So proud of my hometown Kansas City!! @Royals game Foul ball-Great catch by guy in a hard hat-finds a youngster to give baseball too!!

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers began Sunday with a Major League-leading 67 wins and plus-173 run-differential. They're baseball's deepest team, but they'll still look to shore up their pitching before the trade deadline. Dave Roberts, when asked if there's a difference between a roster that is set up to win in the regular season versus the postseason: "I think they're two separate discussions -- one to win long, but also the idea to have the pieces to win 11 games. I think we have the pieces to win 11 games, but I think every roster has the ability to improve."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw's last five starts: 2 ER, 22 H, 6 BB, 1 HR, 51 SO, 36 IP. He's basically in his seventh consecutive season of being the game's best pitcher, leading the Majors in wins (15) and ERA (2.07). Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, on what keeps pushing Kershaw: "It just comes with his personality, his attitude. He could've easily just backed off after he got his contract."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Quick turnaround for a day game after night game means rest for Dustin Pedroia, who is still dealing with knee soreness, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Pedroia has 27 RBIs in his last 21 games and is expected back in the lineup Monday night in Seattle.

Aaron Boone @AaronBoone_ESPN

Rubber game of Cubs and Cards tonight on Sunday Night Baseball. It'll be Wacha vs Quintana. Feels big for Cards w deadline looming. #espn