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Jul 4, 2014 7:57 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Kershaw looks for more fireworks against Rockies

The Rockies picked up a former All-Star on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for the Rockies, pitcher Jair Jurrjens, whom the Rockies acquired from the Reds, has not pitched up to that level since he was named an All-Star with the Braves in 2011.

The Rockies traded Double-A first baseman Harold Riggins to the Reds for Jurrjens, who will start against the Dodgers on Friday.

Jurrjens has not pitched in the Major Leagues since June 29, 2013, and hasn't made a Major League start since May 18, 2013.

Jurrjens has spent this season pitching for Triple-A Louisville in the International League, where he has gone 2-3 with a 4.46 ERA in six outings. The Rockies will be the fifth organization Jurrjens has pitched for since 2012.

The Rockies and Jurrjens have a tall task in front of them if they want to get a win on Friday. If the Rockies can get one hit off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, it will be an improvement from the last time they squared off against him.

Kershaw had the most dominant outing of his stellar career against the Rockies on June 18, tossing a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium while striking out 15 batters. The only baserunner reached on an error by Hanley Ramirez.

Kershaw has been the best pitcher in baseball since that no-hitter. He hasn't given up a run over 28 consecutive innings.

Since dominating the Rockies, Kershaw has picked up two wins, striking out 21 batters in 15 innings while surrendering 11 hits and only three walks.

Over the course of his last four starts, he has lowered his ERA from 3.17 on June 8 to 2.04 entering Friday's game.

Kershaw was named the National League's June Pitcher of the Month, and he'll look to continue that success into July. If he keeps it up, he has a very real chance to start the All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, despite missing a month of the season due to a left shoulder injury.



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