Kershaw Shuts Down Nationals in Return to the Mound

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Clayton Kershaw may have spent six weeks away from the mound, but he looked like his old self on Tuesday night.

In his first start since opening day, Kershaw pitched seven shutout innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 8-3.

"I missed pitching in the big leagues," he said. "It's a special thing we get to do and I try not to take it for granted, so six weeks felt like a long time."

Hanley Ramirez and Drew Butera hit home runs for the Dodgers (19-15), who were thrilled to have their ace back on the mound.

"He shows you right away what you've been missing," said manager Don Mattingly, whose Dodgers began the day third place in the N.L. West. "Just a guy that brings that to the table every five days. It's a little reminder of who he is and what he means to you."

Blake Treinen (0-1) took the loss for Washington, giving up three unearned runs in five-plus innings.

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