Mattingly appreciates Kershaw's intensity

Mattingly appreciates Kershaw's intensity

OAKLAND -- The day after, Clayton Kershaw was jokingly asking reporters what the story of the day was. Told it wasn't about him, he jokingly responded, "You mean the temper tantrum?"

Kershaw threw one in Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the A's. He spiked a baseball after mishandling a tapper back to the mound, angrily threw the ball out of play and into the Dodgers' dugout and got into it with home-plate umpire Todd Tichener over a late timeout call.

"You have to kind of like that, don't you?" manager Don Mattingly said. "It's typical, he's competing so hard and he's so mad at himself. I have to sit here and actually smile."

Mattingly said Kershaw's intensity is at another level, like his pitching ability.

"He was mad at the call, and then he's mad at himself for not making the play," Mattingly said. "It's that football mentality. The amount of energy he puts into each start, it tells you he's totally invested in what he's doing, from the work and everything we always talk about with him. Stuff like that makes me laugh."

Mattingly said the most memorable display of a pitcher's frustration was Yankees teammate Dave Righetti throwing a ball from behind the mound over the right-field wall in Toronto's Exhibition Stadium when Righetti was taken out of a game by manager Lou Piniella.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.