The Ace

6:00 AM PST 08/07/2012 by Daniel Miller
Wesley Mann

Clayton Kershaw

Star southpaw Kershaw, 24, says that because he and his teammates can only control "the stuff on the field," issues related to ownership -- whether it was the distractions of the Frank McCourt era or the new group's ballyhooed purchase -- don't really affect players. But the two-time All-Star and 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner, a Dallas native who is married, concedes the change at the top has made the game more enjoyable: "I think there is a better atmosphere around here, more excitement. And it's more fun to play, for sure."

Photographed June 16 in the Dodgers dugout

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