There's a side effect that comes with winning the Cy Young Award: dealing with its lofty expectations afterward.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won the award in the National League last year, and although he's having a reasonably good season in 2012, Kershaw has "seemed frustrated at times this year," Manager Don Mattingly said.

Kershaw pitched well again Thursday in the Dodgers' 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The left-hander gave up one run and struck out seven in eight innings, leaving with no decision.