MESA, Arizona — Clayton Kershaw broke a tooth when was hit in the face by a line drive in the third, then he finished a sharp five-inning outing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics in a game between split squads Friday.
Andy Parrino's soft liner struck Kershaw on the left side of his face. Third baseman Juan Uribe picked it up and threw wildly past first base, setting up the A's only run.
Kershaw fell in front of the mound then was examined by Dodgers trainer Stan Conte before throwing a warmup pitch. He remained in the game and allowed one run on three hits overall. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Kershaw also had a hit.
Sonny Gray and Barry Zito each had solid outings for the Athletics. Gray allowed two runs on four hits in 5 1-3 innings. Zito, in the hunt for a spot in the starting rotation, pitched three perfect innings, striking out five.