Clayton Kershaw, Yordano Ventura and … Whit Merrifield?
Some interesting lineup cards today as the Dodgers and Royals meet in the Cactus League finale for both teams. To the victor goes second place in the Cactus League standings. To the loser, third place.
Really, everyone wins. We all get to go home once the game is over.
Zack Greinke is starting a minor-league game at Camelback Ranch that begins at 10 a.m.
Here are the lineups for the 12 p.m. game at Surprise Stadium:
Security measures at Dodger Stadium have been beefed up to comply with new MLB guidelines. The most conspicuous change: Permanent metal detectors, which were installed at all stadium entrances over the off-season. They’ll make their debut when the Dodgers host the Angels on Saturday.
There’s more to it than that. The Dodgers issued the following press release Tuesday:
The Dodgers’ Opening Day payroll projects to approximately $272.8 million, easily the highest in baseball, according to the Associated Press.
The New York Yankees rank second at $219.2 million.
The Dodgers have two of baseball’s three highest-paid players. Clayton Kershaw is makingÂ $31 million inÂ the first year of his new contract extension.Â Zack Greinke isÂ third at $27 million.