Game 16: Clayton Kershaw’s stubbornness comes in handy at a good time.

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Clayton Kershaw was thrown out at home plate in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)

ATLANTA — Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff Thursday; he also got thrown out at home plate. But he found a way to push the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory, their second 10-inning win in as many days, thanks in large part to his stubbornness. The box score is here.

The newest Dodger, Luis Avilan, had a horrible spring training — and now he knows why.

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Report: Dodgers will open the regular season with a $222 million payroll.

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will make $33 million this season. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers will begin the season with $222 million invested in its Opening Day 40-man roster, according to USA Today. That figure doesn’t include the signing bonuses, salaries and buyouts owed players not on their 40-man roster like Matt Kemp, Bronson Arroyo, Hector Olivera and Erisbel Arruebarrena.

Only the New York Yankees have a higher Opening Day payroll according to the report, at $223 million. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is listed as the highest-paid player in the game this year, when he will earn $33 million. This is the third season of the 7-year, $215 million extension he signed in January 2014.

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Video: Dave Roberts on Clayton Kershaw’s five shutout innings against Rockies.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw threw five scoreless innings, and a monster home run by Scott Van Slyke led the offense in an 8-4 win over the Rockies today at Salt River Fields.

First baseman Cody Bellinger increased his Cactus League average to .500 with two doubles in two at-bats for the Dodgers (8-2-2). Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore each threw a scoreless inning of relief against the Rockies (6-6).

Here’s what Dave Roberts had to say after the game:
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Watch: Dave Roberts, Clayton Kershaw react to Dodgers’ first Cactus League win.

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw two scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox in the first Cactus League game for both teams Thursday. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1 in their Cactus League opener today at Camelback Ranch. The box score is here.
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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day for the sixth straight year.

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Clayton Kershaw, who will start Opening Day against the Padres on April 4, has made five consecutive Opening Day starts. The Dodgers have won all five games. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

On April 5, 2010, Vicente Padilla started for the Dodgers against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s notable for a handful of reasons. It was Opening Day, and the only time in the last nine years the Dodgers have begun their season on the road against a non-NL West opponent.

It was also the last time someone other than Clayton Kershaw started on Opening Day for the Dodgers. Vicente Padilla. There’s your trivia answer.

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