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Dodgers scratch Clayton Kershaw from Game 2 start due to back spasms

The Dodgers will be without their long-time veteran in Game 2 of the NLCS.

Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning during Game 2 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Field on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost Game 1 of the National League Championship Series 4-2, and now they face a tougher challenge when they face the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Game 2. The team announced they have scratched starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw due to back spasms. Tony Gonsolin will start in his place. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Gonsolin threw in a simulated game on Saturday, per Dave Roberts. He has not pitched a competitive game since going six innings on September 26th and getting a win over the Los Angeles Angeles. The right-handed pitcher went six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out six. Six days earlier, he struck out ten Rockies over five innings in a loss in which he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk.

Kershaw threw eight shutout innings with 13 strikeouts in the Wild Card series clincher against the Milwaukee Brewers. He then threw six innings against the Padres in an NLDS victory, although he gave up three runs on six hits and six walks.

The Dodgers were as high as -170 moneyline favorites for this game, but DraftKings Sportsbook moved LA to -132 and now as them at -125 and moving.