July 25, 2021

Clayton Kershaw’s major league debut, and his other May 25 start (True Blue LA)


Clayton Kershaw made his major league debut 12 years ago today, the first of three career starts on May 25. That 2008 debut was also his only career game wearing uniform number 54.

The Dodgers hosted the Cardinals on Sunday, May 25, 2008, with the 20-year-old left-hander added to the roster from Double-A Jacksonville. To make room for Kershaw on the 40-man roster, pitcher Esteban Loaiza was simultaneously activated from the disabled list and designated for assignment. It was ghame over for Yhency Brazoban on the active roster, with the reliever optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Kershaw’s first batter faced was future old friend Skip Schumaker, who struck out on seven pitches. A four-pitch walk to Brian Barton followed, immediately cashed in by the terrifying Albert Pujols, who doubled to the gap in left field.

The Dodgers quickly tied things up with a home run by Luis Maza, which served as a reminder that 2008 was so very long ago. But then it seemed like just yesterday in the fourth inning, when Russell Martin doubled home the go-ahead run.

After the double by Pujols, Kershaw retired 10 of his next 11 batters, erasing the only one to reach base with a double play. The…

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