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Clayton Kershaw reacts to his first start in two months for Dodgers

Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw returned to the bump on Monday for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time in over two months. The lefty went 4.1 innings allowing just one run while striking out five.

After the game, Kershaw reflected on the start and being back for the Dodgers, via ESPN.

“There’s not a lot of better feelings in the world than getting to pitch here and getting a win,” Kershaw said after a 5-1 victory, his team’s 92nd this season and fourth in a row. “It’s a special thing. I missed it.”

The Dodgers are still trying to chase down the San Francisco Giants in the National League West but even if they don’t, a spot in the wildcard game is a foregone conclusion for LA. Currently, they sit 2.5 games behind the Giants in the division.

Kershaw is set to be a free agent at the end of this year. He isn’t taking for granted these moments with the Dodgers.

“I’m thankful,” Kershaw said. “I didn’t really know what it was gonna look like, honestly, at the end of this season. For me to be able to be a part of it is huge. I will never take that for granted ever, to be in a playoff race, to be a part of it. And it’s a good one right now. The Giants aren’t losing, so they aren’t making it easy on us. It’s gonna be fun.”

LA is trying to win back-to-back World Series titles but it won’t come easy for the Dodgers this year. Having Kershaw back is a huge boost.