Only the New York Yankees have a higher Opening Day payroll according to the report, at $223 million. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw ($33 million) is listed as the highest-paid player in the game this year. This is the third season of the 7-year, $215 million extension he signed in January 2014.
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:
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.
Count Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw among the fans of National League baseball.
Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, Kershaw said he’s pleased with commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to table discussion of bringing the designated hitter rule to the NL.
“It’s just a better game. It really is,” Kershaw said. “Baseball’s a two-sided game. You’ve got to play offense, you’ve got to play defense. I know there’s a lot of great hitters that DH, I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but they all started somewhere. They all played first base, all played a position. They all still could do it if they had to. That’s the truer fun of baseball.
“Selfishly, I love taking batting practice. Hitting in the game is fun, too. I would miss that part of it for sure.”
Here’s video of Kershaw speaking today about losing pitcher Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks and his off-season training: