GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw wasn't injured Thursday night, so at least there's that.
Kershaw had a rugged start, needing 96 pitches to get through five innings in the Dodgers' 5-5 tie with the Indians. He was charged with two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts, but also three walks. He came away unscathed, even after making a diving tag at the end of a rundown.
"It wasn't very good," he said. "Didn't make very many good pitches tonight. Don't know really what to say. No real bright spots. Guess I got out of some jams. If A.J. [Ellis, catcher] wasn't back there, I probably would have 47 wild pitches. Definitely things to get better at."
"Dre is huge," he said. "He had a pretty good year last year. One of our best hitters, against right-handed pitching at least. Carl [Crawford] will have to step up. Trayce [Thompson] has looked good, Joc [Pederson], they all have to step up. We all have to prove ourselves, no doubt."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.