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Chris Sale too unique for Clayton Kershaw to learn from

Chris Sale too unique for Clayton Kershaw to learn from

MIAMI — Clayton Kershaw typically likes to watch other lefties pitch to see what he can pick up. That’s a pretty common feeling for southpaws.

Chris Sale is not appointment viewing.

“He’s so unique that he doesn’t really help me out, ‘cause I can’t pitch like he does,” Kershaw said Monday at Marlins Park, when the All-Stars met with the media. “Delivery, arm action, tall, he’s skinny, I’m not.”

Kershaw, the Dodgers ace who has a cheekiness to him, paused to highlight he was kidding about the weight comment. 

“No, but I think more than anything … sidearm, three-quarters delivery,” Kershaw said. “He throws a lot of changeups, I don’t throw very many changeups There’s a lot of reasons why I can’t really compare myself to him.”

Kershaw (14-2, 2.18 ERA, 159 Ks) was ineligible to pitch in the All-Star game because he started Sunday. Likely, he wouldn’t have made the start anyway, because of how dominant National League starter Max Scherzer (10-5, 2.10 ERA, 173 Ks) has been for the Nationals.


In describing Scherzer, Kershaw noted the way he carries himself — the way he walks.

“[Scherzer’s] got that strut, that walk that he knows when he’s going good,” Kershaw said. “I can only imagine what it’s like on your team. You know it probably is a good feeling to have him out there.”

Asked what he meant by that strut, Kershaw lifted his arms as though he had big boxes under them.

“Like he’s carrying suitcases right here,” Kershaw said. “I mean, I love it. … The pitchers’ demeanor I believe says a lot to your teammates.”

Sale’s not too different.

“Don’t make a big deal,” Kershaw said of the strut comment, sensing an upcoming trend story on how pitchers walk, or something like that. “Same thing. I mean, he works so quickly. I haven’t seen him pitch as much in the American League, but yeah, you know, I think with him it’s just, he’s got an amazing feel for all of his pitches. 

“He throws his pitches pretty evenly, but then at the end of the day he can just hump up and get it right by you every time. So, I really don’t know how to talk about him on the mound because I really haven’t seen him pitch a whole lot.”

Kershaw was asked if he shakes off his catcher.

“Yeah,” Kershaw said. “Does he not?”

No, no, he doesn’t.

The best of the best can get to know one another a little more in Miami.

Kimbrel back in camp, but infant daughter on his mind

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Kimbrel back in camp, but infant daughter on his mind

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has returned to Fort Myers after spending the past three weeks in Boston, where his infant daughter Lydia has undergone multiple heart surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital.

On Monday, an emotional Kimbrel spoke to reporters in Florida, including The Boston Herald's Michael Silverman, about the ordeal after throwing a batting practice session.  

"We’ll be in and out of Boston Children’s Hospital the rest of her life but for this stay, hopefully, a couple more weeks," Kimbrel said. “She’s in the recovery process but life-threatening wise, she’s in a good place that I can be down here." 

Kimbrel said he and his wife Ashley "can't say enough about how amazing Boston Children's Hospital has been." 

"There's no denying it's been the toughest thing we've ever been through," Kimbrel said.  

"In the last week, her recovery has been unbelievable and she's showing great signs and we're very blessed and we want to thank the Red Sox and Alex [Cora] for understanding they've been through this and working with us," Kimbrel said. 

He said Lydia, born in November, will need another surgery when she's around 3 or 4 years old to help ensure normal development. 

"It's been tough, I can say that. We're definitely, me and my wife, we've had each other and we've had our family, we've had a great support. Everyone is sending out prayers that have definitely been heard. Now, I'm back down here. The other day I threw a live BP up at Babson [College in Wellesley, Mass.], and me and her got to talking and seeing where Lydia is, and how she's progressed, she's in a good, comfortable place for me to be down here. If she wasn't, I wouldn't be here.

"My family comes first and then baseball comes. I have to thank the Red Sox for letting me be there with my family and then helping me continue to prepare while I was at home. Stepping away for a few hours was definitely a release. It did help to get in the weight room. It did help to throw the ball. But that's not going to take away the emotions we went through in the hospital."

Kimbrel said he and his wife talked about how fortunate they were to be in Boston and its world-class healthcare facilities. 

"We believe that everything in life happens for a reason, even if we don't understand it at the time," he said. "There's a lesson to be learned and something to be shared through every step you go through in life. As difficult as this is, and I know it will take time, hopefully, this experience and everything we've been through, we can share that with others, try to impact someone else's life. Because I know for a fact my daughter's going to be able to do that one day."



Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

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Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.

“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”

Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.

“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”