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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Vicente Padilla Named Opening Day Starter
It must be a matter of being the closest to ready. I really can't make up my mind about this, unless the Dodgers have figured this should be a motivation tool for young Mssrs. Kershaw and Billingsley to step up their respective games. Even so, Padilla has a 4.50 ERA, while Kershaw (1.80) and Bills (1.86) are doing a lot better this spring, in roughly the same number of innings. (Via True Blue LA.)
IIRC, I think it lines Kershaw up to be the starter for the home opener. I'd just presumed the McCourtian Principle (forego baseball tradition in favor of higher monetization) was in play here, as Young Clayton seems to be the biggest draw of the 4.5 starters the Dodgers will trot out there this year...