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    MIAMI -- Ordinarily, Jose Fernandez against Clayton Kershaw would figure to be quite a pitchers duel. Kevin Johnson Jersey .Fernandez lived up to his end of the bargain.The Miami ace tied a career high with 14 strikeouts, overshadowing Kershaws return from injury and leading the Marlins to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.Fernandez (14-8) gave up three hits and three walks in seven shutout innings. It was the fifth time hes struck out 14 in a game, and third this season.It seems like thats all I do lately. I cant pass 14, Fernandez said.Thats more than enough for the Marlins.Fernandez was simply dominant, improving to 4-0 all-time against the Dodgers and 28-2 at Marlins Park. There have been 12 games in the majors this season when a pitcher has struck out 14 or more, and no one else has more than one.His 102nd and last pitch -- which fanned Yasiel Puig -- hit 98 mph.He used his changeup more tonight and pitched inside more, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. He was good.Fernandez is up to 238 strikeouts this year, 29 more than any Marlins pitcher has ever compiled in a season.J.T. Realmuto homered and Christian Yelich had two hits for Miami, which improved to 5-0 against the NL West leaders this season. Yasmani Grandal hit his 25th homer in the ninth for the Dodgers, who tried to rally against Fernando Rodney before A.J. Ramos came in and closed it out for his career-best 33rd save -- his first in more than a month.Kershaw (11-3) had not started for the Dodgers since June 26 because of a mild disk herniation in his back. He threw 66 pitches, 46 for strikes, while allowing two runs and five hits over three innings.The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP struck out five, did not walk a batter and now has 150 strikeouts against nine free passes in 2016.Its not spring training for anybody else so its not for me, either, Kershaw said. Weve got to beat the Giants. Weve got to win this division. Im thankful for what the guys did while I was gone. They played unbelievable. Theyre still playing unbelievable. I want to be a part of that. I want to help that. Tonight I didnt really help. So I need to do that, pretty soon.Kershaw wasnt thrilled with his outing, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was.For Clayton to be back on the mound, I think thats a win for us, Roberts said. Fernandez was good, but the No. 1 thing was Clayton got out of this feeling pretty well. We didnt expect him to be in midseason form anyway.THE DONMattingly is the third skipper in the last half-century to start 5-0 against the Dodgers -- the team he managed from 2011-15. He joined Jack McKeon (with the Padres in 1988) and Sparky Anderson (with the Reds in 1970).CELEBRATING PERFECTIONIt was the 51st anniversary of the only Dodgers perfect game, Sandy Koufaxs 1-0 gem against the Chicago Cubs. Dennis Martinez -- who pitched a perfect game for Montreal at Dodger Stadium in 1991 -- threw out one of Fridays ceremonial first pitches.UMPIRE HURTPlate umpire Brian Knight left the game in the fifth inning after getting struck in the mask and neck area by a ball that first hit Miamis Ichiro Suzuki and deflected into Knight.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: OF Andre Ethier (broken right leg) could make his season debut this weekend. ... To make room for Kershaw when he was activated from the disabled list, Los Angeles put RHP Carlos Frias on the 60-day DL -- making him the 28th Dodgers player on the DL this season.Marlins: OF Giancarlo Stanton, limited to pinch-hitting duty, struck out with the bases loaded to end the fifth.UP NEXTThe series continues Saturday with LHP Rich Hill (11-3, 1.94 ERA; 8-0 in his last 10 starts) going for the Dodgers against RHP Tom Koehler (9-10, 3.87). Xavier Sua-Filo Jersey . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. Joel Heath Jersey . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. . The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka. His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months. ATLANTA -- Katie Ledecky, who swept the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, won USA Swimmings athlete of the year for a record fourth consecutive time and was honored for her world-record victory in the 800 free.The awards were presented Saturday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.Ledecky earned four golds and a silver medal in Rio. She became the second woman since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to sweep the freestyle events at the same Olympics. She also swam the anchor leg on the winning 4x200 free relay and the second-place 4x100 free relay.Ledecky collected the Phillips 66 Performance Award for the fifth straight year. She won the 800 free by 11 seconds. J.J. Watt Jersey. The USA Swimming Award was given to Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for his and USADAs efforts in providing fair sport for clean athletes. The award is the highest honor given annually by the national governing body.Dave Durden of the University of California at Berkeley, who coached five members of the U.S. Olympic team, received the American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year.Olympians Haley Anderson and Jordan Wilimovsky earned open water athletes of the year following fifth-place finishes in Rio. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Authentic Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '
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