Kershaw will start either Game 1 or 2 of World Series after closing NLCS
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Clayton Kershaw's Game 7 relief appearance doesn't appear to be changing the Los Angeles Dodgers' World Series pitching plans.

Manager Dave Roberts confirmed to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register on Sunday that Kershaw - who closed out the NLCS by throwing 15 pitches during a flawless ninth inning Saturday night in Milwaukee - is still going to start one of the opening games of the World Series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

"That's the plan," Roberts said. "But he's actually going to go throw and do some working out (Sunday) just to make sure he can do it and he feels good enough. We're hopeful but it's not definitive yet. We're not locked in yet. But it's going to be either Game 1 or Game 2."

Roberts added that Rich Hill will get the ball in whichever game Kershaw doesn't start.

True to his manager's word, Kershaw was spotted working out in the bullpen barely 24 hours after pitching in Game 7.

Save for a small blip in Game 1 of the NLCS, Kershaw has been electric during this Dodgers playoff run. He crafted a brilliant eight-inning shutout performance in the Division Series against Atlanta and then shut down the Brewers in his second NLCS start by allowing just a run over seven innings. The 15-pitch outing in Game 7 came on Kershaw's scheduled bullpen day between starts.

Overall, the 30-year-old owns a 2.37 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks across his four playoff outings, while holding opponents to a meager .169 average.

Whenever Kershaw takes the mound in the World Series, it will mark his first-ever start against the Red Sox.

Boston has already announced that Chris Sale will start Game 1, while David Price will get the ball for Game 2.

Kershaw will start either Game 1 or 2 of World Series after closing NLCS
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