Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw will have an opportunity to show Giants manager Bruce Bochy why he deserves to start for the National League in the All-Star Game when he takes the mound against Bochy's club Sunday.
Kershaw, named to his third All-Star team Saturday, will face San Francisco for the fourth time this season. He's 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA against the defending World Series champions.
Kershaw has pitched better than his 7-5 record suggests, with a 1.93 ERA over 18 starts. He leads a strong pitching staff that added another quality arm Saturday in a trade with the Marlins that brought Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers. Kershaw is coming off his second shutout of the season, striking out eight and allowing just four hits Tuesday at Colorado.
"He had everything working," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Kershaw's other shutout came on Opening Day, against the Giants at Dodger Stadium. He's 5-2 with a 0.73 ERA and two shutouts in nine career appearances, including eight starts, at AT&T Park.
Bochy will manage the NL team in the 84th All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York on July 16. He'll choose a starter from a group of 10 pitchers, including Kershaw and Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner started Saturday's game, cooling down a red-hot Dodgers offense to help the Giants win, 4-2. The Dodgers took the opener Friday, 10-2.
Chad Gaudin will come off the disabled list Sunday to start for the Giants, who look for their first series win since they took two of three from the Padres on June 17-19.
Gaudin suffered an upper forearm bruise on his right arm during the last homestand and was placed on the disabled list June 24, retroactive to June 21. The right-hander threw roughly 80 pitches in a bullpen session earlier this week.
"He'll be good to go," Bochy said.
Dodgers: Kemp hopes to avoid disabled list
Matt Kemp exited Friday's win over the Giants after just two innings because of pain in his left shoulder, but the Dodgers are optimistic the outfielder will avoid a stint on the disabled list.
Mattingly said Saturday he's "pretty confident" Kemp won't go on the DL and there's "a chance he'll play tomorrow; if not, the next day."
Kemp felt pain in his acromioclavicular joint (where the collarbone meets the shoulder) on a swing and miss in the second inning. He had surgery in the offseason to repair torn cartilage and rotator cuff fraying in the same shoulder. But after speaking with teammates who had similar operations, the Dodgers believe the pain was likely from scar tissue.
After receiving a cortisone injection Friday, Kemp was shut down Saturday to allow the medication to reduce inflammation.
Giants: Trio headed to All-Star Game
Giants catcher Buster Posey, second baseman Marco Scutaro and Bumgarner were each selected Saturday to play in the 2013 All-Star Game.
While Posey is heading to his second Midsummer Classic in as many years, Scutaro and Bumgarner are first-time All-Stars. Posey was selected by other players, but Scutaro and Bumgarner were added by Bochy.
Posey is hitting .309 with 23 doubles, 12 home runs and 48 RBIs through 82 games. Scutaro is hitting .311 with 17 doubles, two triples, two homers, 19 RBIs and 35 runs scored through 73 games.
Bumgarner tossed seven innings of two-run ball Saturday to earn his ninth win. He has a 3.05 ERA over 18 starts this year.
• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez tripled Saturday to extend his hit streak to 17 games, a career high.
• Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is 2-for-32 (.063) lifetime against Kershaw, with one RBI and seven strikeouts.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.