Clayton Kershaw named to Sporting News NL All-Star team

Stephen Dunn

Kershaw was picked by National League general managers and assistant general managers as the top starting pitcher in the league for the second time in three seasons.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday was named a Sporting News 2013 National League All-Star, as voted on by a panel of NL general managers and assistant GMs. It is the second time in three years Kershaw has been named a Sporting News All-Star.

Kershaw was 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA in 2013, with a National League-leading 232 strikeouts in a career-high 236 innings. He became just the third pitcher ever to lead the major leagues in ERA for three straight seasons, along with Lefty Grove (1929-1931) and Greg Maddux (1993-1995).

Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, and Kershaw were "overwhelming choices" for the Sporting News All-Star team, though voting totals were not yet released. Kershaw was also a Sporting News All-Star in 2011, when he won his first National League Cy Young Award. He is expected to win a second Cy Young in November.

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who played only 86 games, but hit .345/.402/.638 with 20 home runs and 25 doubles, was narrowly beaten out at shortstop by Troy Tulowitzki. The Rockies joined the National League champion Cardinals and the NL East winning Braves as the only senior circuit teams with multiple All-Stars.

Kershaw joins Don Newcombe (1955-1956), Sandy Koufax (1963-1966) and Fernando Valenzuela (1981, 1986) as the only Dodgers pitchers to be twice named a Sporting News All-Star.

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