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Clayton Kershaw calls lucrative deal 'humbling'

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  • FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles. Kershaw has trouble contemplating the enormity of a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers that makes him baseball's richest pitcher. The team finalized the contract on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, while Kershaw stayed home in Dallas.

      FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles. Kershaw has trouble contemplating the enormity of a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers that makes him baseball's richest pitcher. The team finalized the contract on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, while Kershaw stayed home in Dallas.

 
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LOS ANGELES -- Even Clayton Kershaw has trouble contemplating the enormity of a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that makes him baseball's richest pitcher.

The team finalized the contract Friday, when Kershaw stayed home in Dallas. The 25-year-old ace says talking money is "a little bit uncomfortable for me."

Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, have been discussing how to spend the money, and most revolve around charitable interests. The couple supports an orphanage in Africa and two groups that fund afterschool programs for children in Los Angeles and Dallas.

Kershaw calls the money both "a tremendous blessing and a tremendous responsibility."

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