Kershaw, Buehler progress in simulated games

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dodgers pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler each took part in simulated games prior to Monday’s Freeway Series exhibition contest from Angel Stadium.

Buehler faced hitters for the equivalent of four innings and is lined up to make his regular-season debut on Sunday at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kershaw threw two innings and will progress to four by the end of the week.

They aren’t rookies, but these hitters and pitchers are primed to bust out and deliver bigger results in the new season.

Fourth-year manager Dave Roberts called it “a great day for the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

Kershaw, slowed by shoulder inflammation early in spring training, expressed discontent with the finish on his curveball, but Roberts said he was “very encouraged” with the life on all of his pitches, noting “the depth” of Kershaw’s slider — a pitch the ace left-hander has worked on over the offseason.

Kershaw, 31, will begin the season on the injured list, but Roberts said Kershaw should rejoin the rotation “soon” thereafter. Buehler, previously dealing with an issue the club would not specify, threw in the upper 90s during a 60-pitch session and “dominated

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