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Kershaw to start both openers

3/5/2012

Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start both the Dodgers regular-season opener on April 5 against San Diego and their home opener on April 10 against Pittsburgh, manager Don Mattingly confirmed today. Mattingly actually had said back on Feb. 21 that Kershaw would start both of those games, but he hadn't told Kershaw about starting the home opener at that point.

Because of an unusual quirk in the schedule -- the Dodgers open with a four-game series in San Diego, then have an off-day before the home opener -- Kershaw is lined up perfectly to start both games. That means one starter, presumably veteran lefty Chris Capuano because he presently is lined up fifth in the rotation, will be skipped the first time through. Capuano conceivably could start the second home game against the Pirates on April 11.

Kerhsaw would become the first Dodgers pitcher to start both openers since Tim Belcher in 1989.