Josh Lindblom is story on first day

Reliever is pressed into duty after Kershaw's illness and steadies Dodgers to win

Updated: April 6, 2012, 1:49 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- Forty-eight hours earlier, Josh Lindblom had simply hoped he would be at Petco Park on Thursday. He never dreamed, never even fantasized, that he would end up where he was at the start of the bottom of the fourth inning.

Clayton Kershaw never thought he would be where he was at that juncture of the Los Angeles Dodgers' season opener, either. But there he was, lying flat on his back on the dirty floor of a tunnel between the visiting dugout and clubhouse, beset by varying degrees ...

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