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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has heard the chatter that he’s in decline. He’s eager to prove the doubters wrong while wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform.The ace agreed to a $93 million http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-george-brett-jersey , three-year contract Friday after initially opting out of his previous deal and choosing free agency.“There’s been a lot of people saying that I’m in decline or not going to be as good as I once was,” he said. “I’m looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that.”Kershaw opted out of a $215 million, seven-year contract that had two seasons remaining at a total of $65 million. Signed in January 2014, it called for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020.The new deal involves a $23 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments on June 30 in each of the next three years, and annual salaries of $23,333,333.“I wanted to stay here, so financial, everything aside, it was more valuable to me to just stay here,” he said.Also Friday, the Dodgers made $17.9 million qualifying offers to two of their other free agents: pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and catcher Yasmani Grandal.Kershaw gets an additional $28 million in guaranteed money. The new agreement includes $4 million annually in performance bonuses, in four $1 million increments for 24, 26, 28 and 30 games started, which could raise the deal’s value to $105 million over three years.The left-hander also can earn award bonuses of $1.5 million for winning the NL Cy Young Award or $500,000 for finishing second or third in the voting.Kershaw, his wife Ellen and their two young children make their offseason home in the Dallas area, and if the Texas Rangers had had a winning season “it would have been something to consider for sure,” he said.“It really wasn’t as much of a question for me this time around,” he said. “My kiddos love it here. Ellen loves it here. I love it here. I love the team here Mike Moustakas Jersey , and there’s not many opportunities that meet all the criteria that Ellen and I would be looking for. And myself personally, a chance to win every single year, it doesn’t come around like this in LA very often.”The money designated a signing bonus will not be subject to state income because Texas does not have a state income tax.Winner of the NL Cy Young in 2011, ’13 and ’14, Kershaw was limited to 26 starts this year because of a back injury and went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA while striking out 155. The Dodgers lost in the World Series for the second straight season, with Kershaw taking the loss in Sunday’s season-ending Game 5 defeat to Boston. His average fastball velocity dropped by 2 mph in the past year to 91 mph.“I plan on getting back to that level that I was at,” he said. “There’s a lot of guys older than me, and there’s a lot of guys with more innings than me in the big leagues that are still maintaining their velocity.”A herniated disk in his back sidelined him in 2016. He had a less significant back problem this year and a shoulder issue.“No more DL time,” he said. “From there, hopefully the getting people out thing will take care of itself.”At 30, Kershaw has experienced a fastball velocity decrease, and he missed time this season because of two stints on the disabled.“While I did have a little bit of a back issue this year, it wasn’t very significant. I missed more time this year because of the shoulder,” he said. “I really believe that for three years I can be just as good as I ever have been. And I’m not saying I can’t be good past that. But that’s as long as I was willing to commit to right now.”Kershaw remains the face of the franchise and his dedicated work habits have filtered down to the younger pitchers on the staff.“He’s made as much of an impact as you can on an organization in terms of the success we’ve had,” Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, said Thursday.Kershaw has a career 153-69 regular-season record with a 2.39 ERA in 318 games but it’s in the postseason where his numbers drop. He’s 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA. He gave up four runs in seven innings in Game 5 of the World Series.“Winning is still the most important thing for me,” he said. BOSTON — Having secured the home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game, the New York Yankees seek their 100th win of the season in the second game of the final regular-season series against the Boston Red Sox Saturday.Lance Lynn pitches for the Yankees, who haven’t won 100 games since winning the World Series in 2009, against former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, who has pitched his way into the postseason starting rotation for Boston.The Yankees have hit seven home runs in the last two games to pull into a tie with the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the all-time major league record for home runs — with 264. They have scored 23 runs in the two victories.Article continues below ...They got Didi Gregorius Salvador Perez Jersey , feared lost for the season after suffering a wrist injury a week ago, back in the lineup Friday night, along with Aaron Hicks, who returned after missing three games in St. Petersburg and hit a three-run homer Friday night.And now the Yankees don’t have to fly cross country to play in a hostile environment, where even a win would lead to turning around and flying right back to Boston.“It’s a huge advantage,” Hicks said on the YES Network after the game. “We’re a great team when we’re playing at home. We’re hard to beat there, so that’s going to be huge for us.”Said manager Aaron Boone: “In a lot of ways we’re built for our ballpark.”Now, on Saturday, in a game that means little except for the chase for No. 100, the Yankees have to deal with Eovaldi. The right-hander has faced his former team twice since joining the Red Sox, throwing 14 shutout innings as part of going 6-7 with a 3.88 ERA this season with Tampa Bay and Boston. He also started a game against the Yankees while pitching for Tampa Bay this season, allowing five runs and eight hits in a loss on June 15.He could be in line for an ALDS start.Over his last two starts, Eovaldi has pitched 11 innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out 15.Either the Yankees or Oakland A’s will be back at Fenway next Friday, and Eovaldi would be starting on the road in a Game 4 — or perhaps even Game 3.“I haven’t heard anything yet, officially, about what I’ll be doing playoff-wise,” Eovaldi told Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio. “I (have) the one more start this Saturday. So I’m trying to focus on that one.”Eovaldi, picked up from the Rays prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, came out of the gate like a rocket with Boston, throwing two straight scoreless starts. He faltered and has come on again.Lynn was picked up by the Yankees from the Twins at the deadline and is 2-2 in nine games, including eight starts http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-moss-jersey , with New York. Overall this season, Lynn is 9-10 with a 4.80 ERA.In his last three outings, he has allowed 13 hits and four earned runs in 16 innings. That followed a poor stretch, where he went 0-2 with a 9.16 ERA in four starts.His success upon arrival allowed the Yankees to move the floundering Sonny Gray to the bullpen.Lynn doesn’t seem to have a starting spot in the postseason and may or may not force his way into the crowded and talented bullpen.Lynn is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five career starts against Boston, and he is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA against the Red Sox this season.Jackie Bradley Jr. is 3-for-5 (.600) with two home runs, Ian Kinsler 4-for-8 (.500), Eduardo Nunez 3-for-6 (.500) and Mookie Betts 4-for-10 (.400) against Lynn, while Xander Bogaerts is just 1-for-14 (.071), Andrew Benintendi 1-for-10 (.100) and J.D. Martinez 3-for-17 (.176).For the Yankees, Andrew McCutchen is 3-for-6 and Gregorius 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer against Eovaldi, while Gleyber Torres is 1-for-8 (.125), Hicks 3-for-13 (.213) and Giancarlo Stanton 2-for-9 (.222).Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar, who started the season in Triple-A, ripped his 44th double of the season Friday night, tying Joe DiMaggio for the franchise’s rookie record. Joe D. did it in 1936 and never had as many as 44 again.It still hasn’t been announced, but Friday night winner J.A. Happ is in line to pitch the wild-card game. However, his career success against the Red Sox could lead to starting either Luis Severino or Masahiro Tanaka in the game against Oakland.The Yankees and A’s split six games this season, both going 2-1 in their own ballpark.Friday night’s win by New York left the Red Sox ahead of the Yankees 9-8 in the season series.

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