Don't tell Clayton Kershaw that he doesn't deserve to start… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )
NEW YORK -- Clayton Kershaw was not offended that Bruce Bochy picked Matt Harvey to start the All-Star Game. Harvey is having a great season, and he plays for the New York Mets, the team playing host to the All-Star Game. Bochy said as much here.
"I get it," Kershaw said.
But the Dodgers' ace was not thrilled to hear that the San Francisco Giants' manager had told a news conference that Harvey merited the start no matter where the game would be played.
"That's his opinion," Kershaw said curtly.
Kershaw added: "It hurts."
Not that Kershaw needs any motivation against the Giants. He has dominated the Giants like no other National League team, with an 11-4 record and 1.32 earned-run average in 21 appearances against them.
Bochy, the NL manager, snubbed Kershaw for the start and omitted Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig from the roster, although he did select Puig as one of five finalists for the "Final Vote" balloting, which Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves won, beating out Puig.
"He was on the ballot," Bochy said of Puig. "He had a chance."
Bochy laughed off a suggestion that his All-Star choices had sent his popularity plummeting among Dodgers fans.
"I don't think I was that popular in the first place," he said.