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NEW YORK — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wrestled with the choice to pull rookie righthander Ross Stripling, two years removed from Tommy John surgery, after 7 1/3 no-hit innings in April. He agonized over his decision to end the perfect game bid of lefty Rich Hill, who had already missed a month with blisters, after seven earlier this week. But allowing Clayton Kershaw, the face of the franchise, the best pitcher on the planet, who had been activated on Friday following 74 days on the disabled list recovering from a herniated disk, to return from a combined hour in rain delays and complete five innings? “I felt comfortable with it,” Roberts said after the game. “I’ll sleep okay. Certain times, you gotta trust the player.” If the 48-minute rain delay had lasted another 10, if Kershaw hadn’t demonstrated to the staff that he was warm and loose, if the simulated inning they made him throw …

September 15, 2016 2:10 am

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