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Kershaw makes tough decision to miss ASG

Dodgers' lefty will start Sunday as planned
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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ace Clayton Kershaw will make his next start on Sunday, which would take him out of pitching in the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 11.

Roberts met with Kershaw and discussed the possibility of changing the rotation around, but the two ultimately came to the decision that Kershaw would make his scheduled start against the Royals, Roberts said.

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ace Clayton Kershaw will make his next start on Sunday, which would take him out of pitching in the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 11.

Roberts met with Kershaw and discussed the possibility of changing the rotation around, but the two ultimately came to the decision that Kershaw would make his scheduled start against the Royals, Roberts said.

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"We talked to Clayton and he's made it very clear that his priority is the Dodgers," Roberts said. "And obviously it's something he's never done as far as start an All-Star Game. The way that the rotation was slotted, we don't see him pitching in that game."

Kershaw, a seven-time All-Star, and three-time Cy Young Award winner has a Major League-leading 13 wins, sporting a 2.19 ERA, but with Kershaw out the game, Roberts has a possible replacement in mind: Alex Wood.

Wood made a strong case in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over the D-backs, as he struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings.

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 "He's very deserving," Roberts said about Wood. "I think with Alex, a lot of it is contingent on his health and obviously he's pitched well enough to pitch on that team ... As I understand there's still an opportunity for him to join that team."

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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