Dodgers spring training 2015: Lineup vs. Oakland A’s.

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The Dodgers will play two games today: One at 1 p.m. in Mesa, Arizona against the Oakland A’s and another at 5 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas against the Rangers.

Here is the lineup for the game against the A’s:
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Happy birthday Clayton Kershaw, ping pong champion and Cy Young favorite.


Today is Clayton Kershaw‘s 27th birthday. Yesterday, he won the clubhouse doubles ping-pong tournament with partner Corey Seager. His wife and newborn daughter are in town and, in perhaps the best present of all, Kershaw doesn’t have to leave them to attend the Dodgers’ two-game trip to San Antonio this weekend. He’ll start tomorrow for the Dodgers against the A’s in Mesa instead.

According to odds released yesterday by Bovada, Kershaw is also the preseason favorite to win his fourth Cy Young Award. Only Steve Carlton, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson have done this in the National League; Johnson also won the award once in the American League. Roger Clemens holds the most, with seven (six in the AL, one in the NL).

Here are a bunch of Dodger-related odds:

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Dodgers spring training 2015: Lineups vs. Chicago Cubs. Update.

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Corey Seager is a ping-pong co-champion. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The team of Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager won the annual clubhouse ping pong championship this morning. The bracket-style tournament began with random pairings. The southpaw champions didn’t choose each other, nor did the left-handed Coulombe and the right-handed Turner.

Kershaw is known to take these things seriously. Seager is an unknown in the realm of ping-pong. Clearly, Team Turner-Coulombe had the support of the clubhouse. Teammates booed every point by Kershaw and Seager, and cheered every point by Turner and Coulombe. I believe the final score was 19-14, sealed by an unreturnable Kershaw forehand. It was a glorious moment for Kershaw, an awkward moment for Seager (the boos weren’t his fault) and a bonding moment for everyone. Darwin Barney even had a blown-up photo of Turner’s head, which he propped up to a stick and waved around in support of his red-haired teammate.

Here are the lineups for today’s 1 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch:
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