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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will not start NLDS opener

October 3 2018 5:02 AM

Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw will not be pitching in the first game of the National League Division Series on Thursday.

The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will start in their MLB playoff opener against the Atlanta Braves.

Kershaw – a seven-time All-Star, NL Cy Young and Gold Glove award winner – is set to take the mound in game two.

The move allows Kershaw to start on regular rest if the series extends to a decisive fifth game.

Kershaw has started the opening playoff game in the Dodgers' last five postseason trips.

The 30-year-old has registered a 9-5 record with a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts this season. He struck out 155 and walked 29 in 161.3 innings pitched.

Ryu went 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 regular-season starts.

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