Dodgers ace Kershaw named Opening Day starter
- Clayton Kershaw will take to the mound on Opening Day when the San Francisco Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 26.
Clayton Kershaw will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day, the MLB franchise announced on Monday.
Dodgers ace Kershaw, 31, will take to the mound on Opening Day for the ninth time in his stellar career when the San Francisco Giants visit Dodger Stadium on March 26.
The last Dodger other than 2014 National League MVP Kershaw to be named for an Opening Day start was Vicente Padilla in 2010.
In his previous eight Opening Day starts, three-time NL Cy Young award winner and eight-time All-Star Kershaw has compiled a 1.05 ERA with 59 strikeouts.
"It's really cool," Kershaw said. "I feel like I've said it every year, but I don't take it lightly. It is an honour. It is just one game, but it's an honour to get the start. Opening Day is a special day in baseball, to get to be a part of it is really cool."
In 2019, Kershaw made 29 appearances and struck out 189 batters with a 16-5 win-loss record for the Dodgers – who reached the NL Division Series last season.
"It was [a difficult decision], and I think that's a good thing," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I think it was a difficult decision in the sense that [of] what Walker [Buehler] has done and what we expect him to do this year, so I think that's a compliment to both players.
"I think, ultimately, having Clayton start Opening Day made the most sense for us that day and also going forward.
"Walker knows how much we value him. He'll have plenty of times to start on Opening Day."
Published 10 Mar 2020, 05:04 IST