It's been assumed that Clayton Kershaw, coming off a Cy Young-winning season with the L.A. Dodgers, would be in line to start on Opening Day. Now, according to the L.A. Times, manager Don Mattingly is confirming that Kershaw will start not only the season opener but the home opener as well.
The Dodgers open their season at San Diego on April 5. Then, after a day off, they return home to face the Pittsburgh Pirates in their first game at Dodger Stadium, on April 10. Mattingly said the scheduling works perfectly for Kershaw to start both games.
"It's a nice little thing to happen," the manager said. Kershaw had a breakout season for the Dodgers last year, going 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts in 233.1 innings. He won Cy Young honors nearly unanimously, receiving 27 out of 32 first-place votes.