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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Updated: April 9, 10:40 AM ET
Kershaw shines on Opening Day

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Clayton Kershaw's dominance was felt from his first pitch on Opening Day -- OK, maybe not his first pitch, but definitely from the first inning. Kershaw struck out seven hitters, had zero walks and to top off his day on the mound, he retired World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval to end the game with a 4-0 win over the Giants. But it was his day at the plate that was most impressive. Kershaw hit his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, becoming the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a homer in an opener since 1953.

Baseball bookends the top five with Kershaw landing in the No. 1 position and Bryce Harper at No. 5, after becoming the first rookie of the year to homer on opening day the following season since Ryan Howard did it in 2006. The two through four spots all came from the hardwood as Louisville's Russ Smith, Michigan's Trey Burke and the Knicks' J.R. Smith put up impressive offensive numbers, solidifying their place atop this week's rankings.

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2013 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman

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