APNewsBreak: Yanks drop to 3rd in payroll; Dodgers lead

Posted April 05, 2017

He joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covered the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000 through the 2015 season.

Both the Giants and Cardinals are teams that always give Los Angeles a hard time.

This has nothing to do with flowers or colorful wings, though, and everything to do with a certain staff ace who knows how to embrace the internal flutter that comes with the first game of the season.

Jhoulys Chacin will get the surprise Opening Day start for the Padres, and will be challenged with going toe to toe with a three-time Cy Young victor in Kershaw.

Kershaw struck out eight, and after his seventh consecutive Opening Day assignment, he now has a 0.99 ERA on the first day of the season. He has 51 strikeouts and 24 walks in 89 1/3 innings.

The brunette happily posed clutching a burger in one hand and a beer in the other during the baseball game between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.

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"I'm aware that I'm not where I've been for about 60,000 years", Scully said. So we thought as an organization, it was good to get him here around our major league players and staff and throw a sim game. "It just shows you - pitchers get no letdowns". The league's minimum salary in 2017 is $535,000. The Dodgers fell to the Pirates that day, 11-5. And for Dodgers fans, it is a history laden with success - success that is likely to continue today with Kershaw on the mound. Kershaw's salary is more than twice the size of the largest salary in 2000, the year before A-Rod's contract. Dodger Stadium will be sold out without a doubt, and baseball fans on the east coast coming home from work will be able to see the game on ESPN, as well as the especially fanatic who may be taking a half day in order to follow all of the Opening Day action.

"Clayton's been there for us, threw the ball really well for us a year ago and he's a guy who relies heavily on the sinker and you know this is a team that honestly handles sinkers well, so he's got a challenge in front of him", Green said. "Hopefully you gain experience from failure". "I didn't make good pitches when I needed to, especially in the third inning". I like the Dodgers to cover here easily behind Kershaw's golden arm.

Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits and two runs, one earned, in seven innings, striking out eight in his seventh consecutive opening day start as the Dodgers won their seventh consecutive season opener and ninth of the last 10. Adam Wainwright leads that category at 1.46.

This one was in hand seemingly by the time Joc Pederson hit a grand slam in the third inning. Yasmani Grandal is behind the plate. "We've got to come out and a find a way to win a ballgame". "We were fortunate enough to put double-digits up there for him, and he took care of the rest".

"I don't remember everything", Utley says now.

By the time the lead grew, Kershaw was Kershaw, slicing up the young Padres easily. Wil Myers is back again after putting up 155 hits, 99 runs, 28 homers and 94 RBI in 2016.

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There's no way you can lay this kind of juice despite Kershaw being the closest thing to a "sure bet" in sports. "It literally is one game out of 162 right now". "He's progressed throughout the spring, gone the right way every week".

"But for our guys on the offensive side, it shouldn't matter who's pitching".

We've done it. We are now less than 48 hours away from real, actual baseball.

Andre Ethier and five pitchers start the season on the DL.

"I was just trying to slow the whole game down, the opening-day jitters and some runners on base", Pederson said.

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