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Dodgers tab Clayton Kershaw as Opening Day starter

Feb 16, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers’ opening-day starter for the third consecutive year, Manager Don Mattingly announced Saturday.

The Dodgers start their season on April 1 against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.

It was a no-brainer for Mattingly, even though the Dodgers front office inked a record six-year, $147 million free agent contract with right-handed starter Zack Greinke this offseason.

Kershaw posted a dominant 2.53 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 229/63 K/BB ratio over 227 2/3 innings last summer. The 24-year-old left-hander is currently scheduled to hit the free agent market following the 2014 campaign.

  1. manchestermiracle - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    A no-brainer, but who’s starting for the hated Giants?

    • northbeachtom - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Does it matter? Get ready for another embarrassing season LA. Dodgers aren’t even the best in their own town.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Oh, god. Please don’t start up the Anaheim people again.

      • manchestermiracle - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        There’s another MLB team in L.A.? You can’t be referring to the Angels, who aren’t even in L.A. COUNTY. Stay on the beach, Tom, with your geographical smarts you’d lose your way as soon as you lost sight of the ocean.

    • Marty - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Matt Cain opening day, no doubt

      • firewolf5614 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Can only hope that “hippie boy” gets the start or should I say former “hippie boy” after his new haircut he does actually look much better, however being from the Bay Area and being a faithful Dodger fan his first three starts will dictate his season…bring it Giants and the phoney fans… It’s Dodger time!!!

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I am not surprised at all that team megabucks opens its season on April Fools Day.

    • stercuilus65 - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      That is so lame and stupid, even by proud canadian standards.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Dodger fans seem to be as sensitive as Red Sox fans.

      • stercuilus65 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:34 AM

        proud canadians seem to be as stupid as jint fans :)

  3. chukpark - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Actually, Kershaw will be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      You are correct, and I expect that Drew will eventually edit his mistake.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        I see that he did correct his mistake.

  4. oregoncoastdailynews - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    In other news today, the sun rose in the east, and will set in the west.

    • Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Sonic booms startled minority groups in Sector R. And there’s hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut.

      Good evening. Those are the headlines. Now the rumors behind the news….

      • stercuilus65 - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        ha

      • 4d3fect - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Before the beginning, there was this turtle….

  5. historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Guess who’s starting opening day for the Tigers? :)

    • paperlions - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Porcello?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Booooo! Smart ass.

      • paperlions - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        You said to guess.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        You are a smarter lion than that, I am sure.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        WTF with all the people who think you’re stupid, paper? ha ha

      • paperlions - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        Nah, they just recognize the brilliance that was the Porcello guess.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        If they really are too dumb to know that Verlander always opens & you are yanking my chain, then they are proving your Asimov quote.

  6. aaronp2098 - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Why did they give that money to Grienke again? I still don’t understand why you don’t lock Kershaw up. If you don’t have enough for both, so be it. Even if his agent said he wouldn’t sign throw 125-140 million in his direction, see if he turns it down.

  7. dezolationangel - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Greinke gets 24.5 mil a year? Dodgers throwing around STUPID money. Their payroll will be $300 mil when Kershaw signs his new contract sometime next season.

  8. northbeachtom - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    He’ll get lit up light a pinball machine.

    • stercuilus65 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:35 AM

      He will rape the Giants like the cellblock b.tch.

  9. jimeejohnson - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    “Little red light on the highway, little green light on the speedway, hey-hey.”

  10. dowhatifeellike - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    How do you name your starter before camp even opens? At least prop up the pretense of competition.

    • Marty - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      You’d know how if Kershaw was in your rotation.

  11. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Kershaw deserves the Opening Day start. I’m still kicking myself that I never got to see him pitch while he was with the Great Lakes Loons.
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

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