Dominant Kershaw named NL Player of the Week

Ace takes home weekly honor for second time in 2014, fifth in career

Dominant Kershaw named NL Player of the Week

After a pair of dominant outings this week, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been named the National League Player of the Week.

The lefty tied for the Major League lead in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts, going 2-0 with 17 strikeouts in 16 innings. Kershaw allowed three earned runs and held opponents to a .175 average, while walking three and scattering 10 hits in two combined starts.

It's Kershaw's fifth career weekly award and second of the season.

Kershaw became the first Major Leaguer to reach 18 wins on Monday when he beat the division-rival Padres with an eight-inning, eight-strikeout performance. His 89 pitches was his lowest pitch count this year in a start that lasted more than seven innings.

Kershaw then won his 19th on Sunday night against the Giants, striking out nine and walking one to give Los Angeles a three-game lead over San Francisco in the division. He leads the Majors with 19 victories and a 1.70 ERA this year. Kershaw has struck out 219, third-best in the NL.

Kershaw's teammates Carl Crawford (.600 average, four runs, 12 hits, a home run, eight RBIs, 1.000 slugging and .591 on-base percentage) and Hanley Ramirez (.500 average, 11 hits, five RBIs, .591 slugging and .542 on-base percentage) were also recognized for their performances this week.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.